Home to over 7,000 native and exotic animals and several indoor and outdoor exhibits, the Fort Worth Zoo is a great provider of family fun for people of all ages. Besides the amazing exhibits, the zoo is also home to the Museum of Living Art (MOLA) is a $19 million, 30,000 square-foot herpetarium built to replace the original Herpetarium at the zoo.
This premier Herpetarium brings visitors eye to eye with some of the most exotic and endangered species on the planet. Each facet of the museum is a piece of art – from the life-like, hand-painted murals on the exhibit walls, to the 5,000 reptiles, amphibians and more that are living, breathing works of art.
The indoor/outdoor facility is home to over 850 amphibians and reptiles representing more than 100 species. Upon entering the museum, visitors can admire the largest saltwater crocodile in North America, measuring more than 15 feet in length, who resides in his “oceanfront” exhibit.
Other crowd-pleasers at the MOLA include the Zoo’s 15.5-foot Burmese python, Fly River turtles, yellow spotted climbing toads, and a king cobra, all housed in bright, natural habitats with unique mural and rock work in each of them. The Komodo dragons at the zoo reside in indoor and outdoor exhibits, complete with a dirt bank ideal for digging holes and laying eggs, and a pool that’s perfect for basking in the sun.
The museum features spacious, humidity-controlled exhibits and state-of-the-art conservation tools, including quarantine rooms and hibernaculuma that facilitate the breeding of rare, endangered and critically endangered species. In response to the recent global amphibian crisis (32% of the world’s amphibians are facing extinction in the next five to ten years), the zoo prioritized housing, research and breeding amphibians in a building specifically designed to meet the needs of these animals.
Open encounter areas encourage discussion and education, allowing visitors to come face to face with exotic species such as the giant New Caledonian gecko, Honduran milk snake, and hatching turtles. Complete with educational programs and correlating activities such as backpack tours and keeper chats, the Museum of Living Art will also share messages of environmental stewardship with visitors, students and teachers throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
When coming to Fort Worth Zoo, don’t miss visiting the Museum of Living Art. It will give you the chance to admire numerous animal species and learn more about them at the same time. Both fun and educational!