Fort Worth Zoo to Open New Petting Corral

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Upgrades continue at the Fort Worth Zoo, this time partnering with Plano-based Toyota to build an upgraded petting zoo.

by Mariana Rivas

Upgrades continue at the Fort Worth Zoo, this time partnering with Plano-based Toyota to build an expanded petting zoo.

The Fort Worth Zoo announced a 10-year, $2.5 million partnership with Toyota Motor North America to build a corral that will host a variety of animals for kids to learn from, including goats, sheep and miniature donkeys. Construction for the project, called Toyota Children’s Ranch and Petting Corral, is already underway in the former horse and longhorn corral areas of the zoo’s Texas Wild! exhibit. It’s expected to open in May.

“The exhibit will allow zoo visitors to interact with animals while at the same time educating children and adults about responsible animal husbandry and conservation,” said Michael Fouraker, executive director for the Fort Worth Zoo. 

The petting corral is a separate project from the zoo’s $100-million A Wilder Vision campaign, which last year opened the African Savanna exhibit. Toyota has been working to promote conservation and restoration through its Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050.

“Whether standing next to a donkey while brushing it or petting a sheep or pig, new experiences will allow our guests to learn more about animals and personally connect with them,” said Ramona Bass, co-chairman of the zoo’s board of directors. “This sponsorship will make a lasting impact on our community and beyond.”