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Posted on: December 4, 2020

Bahama Beach Waterpark banana trees put to good use at Dallas Zoo

Elephants eating

During the warm summer months, Bahama Beach Waterpark is a tropical paradise, with palm trees and banana trees located throughout the park. During the winter however, the palm trees are wrapped in burlap and tarps to protect them from the cold, while the banana trees are left to wither and die down to the ground, only to multiply and resurface the following Spring. That was until we found out about the Dallas Zoo's Browse Program. This program collects fresh, healthy donations of recently trimmed landscaping from the local community and uses it to feed the animals.

Many Dallas Zoo animals, like the elephants, giraffes, and gorillas eat hundreds of pounds of “browse” (tender shoots, twigs, and green leaves of trees and shrubs) every single day. Zoo staff also use browse as a way to add enrichment to the lives of the animals.

Environmental sustainability is important to us at Bahama Beach and the Dallas Park and Recreation Department and we continually look for ways to reduce our impact. It makes us happy to know that our banana trees have a second purpose to serve to our four-footed friends at the Dallas Zoo once their job beautifying the waterpark has ended for the season. You can join us in our efforts to feed the animals at the zoo by donating branches and tree limbs from your homes. They accept multiple varieties and will even pick them up from your home if you reside in one of their pick-up zip codes. Fill out the form on their website to coordinate a donation and to check pick-up locations.

* Be sure to visit Bahama Beach when the weather warms up this summer. Keep an eye on our calendar for our Dallas Zoo Days, when zoo staff bring animals to the waterpark for a fun and educational field trip!

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