Cameron Park Zoo

Dallas & the Panhandle Plains

At the eastern end of the park, the Cameron Park Zoo features 52 acres of natural habitat. A Texas section with about 30 native species balances an impressive range of African animals, including elephants, white rhinos and giraffes. Naturalistic exhibits house animals and include thematic areas like an Asian Forest.

Hills, limestone cliffs and 20 miles of trails also make this park a great place for hiking and mountain biking.

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