Features such as refrigerated air, operational skylights, temperature controlled water, switch operated emergency alarms, and state-of-the-art service facilities, made the Herpetarium a marvel of technology for its time.Innovative exhibits such as a display of giant snakes with curved non-reflective glass (creating the illusion of an open-fronted exhibit) were especially popular attractions.in 2001 to showcase native Texas animals, Parrot Paradise in 2004, Great Barrier Reef in 2005 as part of a renovated Australian Outback exhibit, and the penguin exhibit in 2008.This decade also saw the closing of the original Herpetarium in 2009 to be replaced by the Museum of Living Art in 2010.The Fort Worth Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
There were also special exhibits teaching the identification of native venomous snakes and treatment for snakebite.
Monkey Island was built in 1937 with funds from the Works Progress Administration.
After being refurbished in 1949, this exhibit became a sea lion pool, and by 1970, it had been converted to house small South American mammals.
Once past the elephants, visitors can observe the animals from a boardwalk that gives a bird's-eye view of rhinos and takes them past other animals including the zoo's white tigers, Malayan tigers, and a pair of striped hyenas as well as hoofstock that are endemic to Asia including tufted deer and anoa.
Flamingo Bay is home to the 70 or so flamingos at the zoo.
The exhibit includes three species of flamingo, including American flamingo, Chilean flamingos, and lesser flamingos, with the latter two having been successfully bred in captivity here.