Dallas Zoo is a 106-acre (43 ha) zoo located 3 miles (5 km) south of downtown Dallas, Texas in Marsalis Park. Established in 1888, it is the oldest and largest zoological park in Texas
and is managed by the non-profit Dallas Zoological Society. It is home
to over 2,000 animals representing 406 species. It is an accredited
member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). Jimmie and Jenny were a couple of gorillas who arrived in May and July 1957 respectively from Africa, becoming the first of their species to be exhibited at Dallas Zoo. At the same time, they were the parents of the first baby gorilla born at this park, Vicki, a hand reared female born in December 1965. She was moved in 1970 to Edmonton, where she died two years later at the age of six.
The exhibit is a reserve within the Wilds of Africa pavilion. The outdoor section includes two areas, separated by a wall, which consists of two naturalistic habitats, approximately
1,022 and 1,395 square meters respectively. There are waterways for splashing and drinking and heated rocks to provide warmth on cold winter days. The indoor section is off-exhibit and is an airy, light-filled space
covering about 720 m2. Two large community rooms
(covereded in natural substrate) provide an area for animals to socialize as they would outdoors. There are four bedrooms
(4.6m x 9.1m x 7m h) with nesting structures, benches and hay for sleeping. Gorillas are managed from room to room through overhead transfer corridors.