I finally checked off a longstanding item on my Texas travel to-do list. I'd been wanting to visit the Dallas World Aquarium since Senior Editor Lori Moffatt first covered it for TH in August 2000. She vividly described the hundreds of creatures and hundreds of plant species that flourish here—in habitats that range from rainforest treetops to coral reefs—all on a city block in Dallas' West End. And after reading Kitty Crider's TH coverage of the DWA in last June's story on Dallas family fun, I changed my sloth ways and darted to Big D like a giant river otter.
In a matter of a few hours, we wound our way through the DWA's various regions, including Rainforest, Aquarium, and Mundo Maya. We saw cotton-topped tamarins and a mandarin dragonet, moon jellies and a Mexican walking fish, a red-rumped agouti and a pearly jawfish, honeycreepers and (my favorite find) leafy seadragons. And yes, sloths and a giant river otter. Helpful tip if you're with kids: Head to the 40-foot-long shark tunnel early in your tour. By the time we got to this highlight, our tyke was too tuckered out to look up at the predators encircling us.
That Texas travel to-do list is ever-growing, and now includes a return trip to the DWA.