86R33394 JGH-D
 
  By: Goldman H.R. No. 1676
 
 
 
R E S O L U T I O N
         WHEREAS, The Fort Worth Zoo has been ranked fourth on USA
  Today's 2019 list of the 10 Best Zoos in North America; and
         WHEREAS, The publication has conducted its Best Zoo poll for
  the past three years, and the Fort Worth Zoo has placed in the top
  five each time; the top 20 were chosen by a panel of travel and
  lifestyle industry experts, and the top 10 were selected by public
  poll; and
         WHEREAS, Established in 1909, the Fort Worth Zoo is one of the
  oldest continuously operating zoos in the Lone Star State; it is
  home to more than 540 species of animals from around the globe,
  including representatives of all four species of great apes and the
  most successful breeding colony of lesser flamingos in the world;
  the zoo also houses one of the largest collections of reptiles in
  the United States, and it is an international leader in Asian
  elephant conservation; and
         WHEREAS, More than 100 species at the zoo are part of the
  Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan,
  including 68 endangered or threatened species; the zoo's new
  African Savannah exhibit features giraffes, zebras, hippos, and
  rhinoceroses, and in 2011, the zoo received top honors from the AZA
  for excellence in the areas of live animal display and exhibit
  design; and
         WHEREAS, For more than a century, the Fort Worth Zoo has been
  delighting and informing visitors about the wonders of the animal
  kingdom while maintaining the highest professional standards, and
  it is truly deserving of this special recognition; now, therefore,
  be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 86th Texas
  Legislature hereby congratulate the Fort Worth Zoo on being named
  the fourth best zoo in North America by USA Today and extend to the
  zoo's staff sincere best wishes for continued success in their
  important work; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for the Fort Worth Zoo as an expression of high regard by
  the Texas House of Representatives.