The Dallas Zoo A statuesque bronze giraffe measuring 67-and-a-half-feet tall greets one and all as they enter the Dallas Zoo. This exciting attraction is home to a variety of wildlife, and it features exhibits like "Primate Place" and "Snout Route," which houses animals with distinctive noses like tapirs and anteaters. There is also a "Wilds of Africa" exhibit, which contains some 80 species of African animals. The facility houses approximately 8000 animals from some 380 different species. The Dallas Zoo is located on the South East side of downtown, right off of IH-35 east. Zoo area is nice with some shading spots and a train that provides nice views of the downtown skyline in addition to the animals.