Gather the family and spend the day exploring the Dallas Zoo and its top-rated exhibit, The Wilds of Africa with Dartmouth alumni, family, and friends! The 25-acre tract features six African ecosystems, including a state-of-the-art gorilla research center and a special cove where visitors can get up close and personal with African penguins. 

Over lunch, guests will receive special visits from zoo animals and the Dallas zookeeper before hearing from Dartmouth paleoanthropologist Jeremy DeSilva. Professor DeSilva’s connection with Africa literally runs deep. He helped excavate the Rising Star Cave in South Africa as part of a team that discovered more than 1,500 fossils from a previously unknown human ancestor, now named Homo naledi.

Jeremy DeSilva
Jeremy DeSilva

Professor DeSilva will talk about the “underground astronauts,” seven top women scientists who were brave enough—and small enough!—to fit through a 12-inch opening and 40-foot chute to the excavation site. He will also chronicle the discoveries made on a recent research trip to Malapa with Dartmouth anthropology students, including Dallas’s own Keira Byno ’19 (shown holding the fossil in the photo above). An early career as an educator with the Boston Museum of Science and his current role as the father of six-year-old twins inform Professor DeSilva’s gifted teaching, and guests of all ages will find him approachable and his material fascinating.

9 a.m.              Zoo opens to the public 
12 p.m.           Registration begins in the Flamingo Room
12:30 p.m.      Lunch and presentation by Professor DeSilva
1:30 p.m.        Visits from zoo animals
5 p.m.              Zoo closes

Pricing (includes zoo admission and parking)
Adults                                                           $35
Young Alumni (Classes of 2007-2017)   $25
Children ages 12-17                                   $25
Children ages 3-11                                     $15
Children under 3                                         Complimentary

Dallas Zoo
650 South R.L. Thornton Freeway
Dallas, TX  75203
Map of Zoo

This event is hosted by Dartmouth Alumni Relations in partnership with the Dartmouth Club of Dallas. To learn more about Family Dartmouth on Location programs, please contact us at 603-646-8684 or