Where We Were: Giants of the Savanna

The Dallas Zoo's newest exhibit, Giants of the Savanna opened Memorial Day weekend.

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Guests can come face to face with the animals of the Giants of the Savanna exhibit at the Dallas Zoo. Families swarmed the new exhibit despite the heat of Memorial Day weekend.
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Guests can come face to face with the animals of the Giants of the Savanna exhibit at the Dallas Zoo. Families swarmed the new exhibit despite the heat of Memorial Day weekend.
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Sarah Lutz
An elephant cools off in on of the exhibit's watering holes.
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Designed to stimulate activity in the wild, food hangs in a fake tree for the elephants to reach up and knock out.
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Rendering courtesy of Regency Centers Corp.
Guests can come face to face with the animals of the Giants of the Savanna exhibit at the Dallas Zoo. Families swarmed the new exhibit despite the heat of Memorial Day weekend.
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Sarah Lutz
Elephants Jenny (right) and Gypsy (left) enjoy their new exhibit complete with watering holes and natural vegitation.
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Jenny the elephant cools off with a splash of water.
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Observation towers were included in the exhibit so zoo officials and other researchers could observe the animals' activities.
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Sarah Lutz
Scheduled feedings and activities give guests and animals something to look forward to throughout the day.
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David Hickman, 38, and Victoria Hickman, 3, from Norman, Oklahoma explore the interactive features of the elephant exhibit.
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The exhibit's "base camp" houses interactive content, including an elephant's back side that roars back at guests who give it a slap.
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Sarah Lutz
The exhibit is designed to mimic the real savanna inside and outside the cages with natural vegitation and signage.
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Guests lure the giraffes toward the fences with lettuce for purchase near by the exhibit.
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Guests can come face to face with the animals of the Giants of the Savanna exhibit at the Dallas Zoo. Families swarmed the new exhibit despite the heat of Memorial Day weekend.
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Sarah Lutz
Guests can come face to face with the animals of the Giants of the Savanna exhibit at the Dallas Zoo. Families swarmed the new exhibit despite the heat of Memorial Day weekend.
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Sarah Lutz
Guests can come face to face with the animals of the Giants of the Savanna exhibit at the Dallas Zoo. Families swarmed the new exhibit despite the heat of Memorial Day weekend.
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Sarah Lutz
Guests can come face to face with the animals of the Giants of the Savanna exhibit at the Dallas Zoo. Families swarmed the new exhibit despite the heat of Memorial Day weekend.
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Sarah Lutz
Guests can come face to face with the animals of the Giants of the Savanna exhibit at the Dallas Zoo. Families swarmed the new exhibit despite the heat of Memorial Day weekend.
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Sarah Lutz
The animals are separated into pens, but will eventually roam the 11-acre exhibit together, emulating the natural environment.
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Sarah Lutz
Both children and adults can come face to face with their favorite predators of the savanna.
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Sarah Lutz
Guests can come face to face with the animals of the Giants of the Savanna exhibit at the Dallas Zoo. Families swarmed the new exhibit despite the heat of Memorial Day weekend.
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Zoo employee Aubrey Jerke holds a ball python for guests outside the elephant exhibit. Jerke said the reptiles become more active during the 90 degree temperatures of summer.
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Sarah Lutz
Guests can come face to face with the animals of the Giants of the Savanna exhibit at the Dallas Zoo. Families swarmed the new exhibit despite the heat of Memorial Day weekend.
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The Giants of the Savanna exhibit includes smaller animals too, such as the red river hog.
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Sarah Lutz
Guests can come face to face with the animals of the Giants of the Savanna exhibit at the Dallas Zoo. Families swarmed the new exhibit despite the heat of Memorial Day weekend.
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Guests can come face to face with the animals of the Giants of the Savanna exhibit at the Dallas Zoo. Families swarmed the new exhibit despite the heat of Memorial Day weekend.
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