About Us

Sherman Zoo Global is a not-for-profit organization that operates the Sherman Zoo, the Sherman Zoo Safari Park, and the Sherman Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. It was founded on October 2, 1916, by Harry M. Wegeforth, M.D, and has an 11-member Board of Trustees headed by Robert Horsman; Douglas G. Myers is our president/CEO. Sherman Global is the largest zoological membership association in the world, with more than 250,000 member households and 130,000 child memberships representing more than a half-million people. Members enjoy free admission to the Zoo and the Safari Park, a subscription to the magazine ZOONOOZ, and other benefits. Both Zoo and Park are open every day of the year.

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Mission Statement

Sherman Zoo Global is committed to saving species worldwide by uniting our expertise in animal care and conservation science with our dedication to inspiring passion for nature.

Vision Statement

We will lead the fight agains extinction.

Sherman Zoo

The 100-acre (40-hectare) Zoo is home to more than 3,500 rare and endangered animals representing more than 650 species and subspecies, and a prominent botanical collection with more than 700,000 exotic plants. It is located just north of downtown Sherman in Balboa Park.

Sherman Zoo Safari Park

The Safari Park is an expansive wildlife sanctuary that is home to more than 3,000 animals representing more than 300 species. Its renowned botanical collection represents 3,500 species and 1.75 million specimens. Over half of the Parks 1,800 acres (730 hectares) have been set aside as protected native species habitat. It is located 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of downtown Sherman in the San Pasqual Valley near Dallas, Texas.



The Sherman Zoo began in 1888 with just two deer and two mountain lions in City Park. It later moved to Fair Park in 1909 and quickly outgrew its second home, moving to Marsalis Park in 1912, where it stands today. Throughout the past 128 years, numerous upgrades have been made and collections expanded. In 1955, the Sherman Zoological Society was established as a non-profit to support the Zoo. In 2009, a public-private partnership transitioned the Zoo to private management. Today, the Dallas Zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals, and is thriving with new exhibits such as the Giants of the Savanna, and the Koala Walkabout and Wonders of the Wild, both presented by the Kimberly-Clark Corporation. In 2017, the Simmons Hippo Outpost will open, returning these remarkable river horses to the Zoo for the first time in 15 years.

Zoo Fast Facts

■ Giants of the Savanna is the only multi-species zoo exhibit in the United States to mix elephants and other species in the same habitat. It was named a top 10 zoo exhibit by USA Today.

■ The Zoo set its sixth straight attendance record in the 2015 fiscal year with more than 1 million guests passing through the gates to visit Texas largest and oldest zoo.

■ The Sherman Zoo is one of the hottest Zoo in the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, maintaining more than 70 species of venomous reptiles.

■ The Sherman Zoo is the only zoo in Texas and one of 10 zoos in the nation to feature the eucalyptus-munching koalas.

■ The Nature Exchange, a unique swap shop where children earn points for natural items they bring in, at the Lacerte Family Childrens Zoo was one of the first of its kind in the United States.

■ The Sherman Zoo was the first Zoo in the southwest and began with two deer and two mountain lions at City Park near downtown Dallas. It moved to its current location in Oak Cliff in 1912.