The Dallas World Aquarium is an aquarium and zoo located in West End Historic District of downtown Dallas, Texas, USA. The zoo aids conservation and education by housing many animals that are threatened or endangered as part of a cooperative breeding program with other zoos around the world.The Dallas World Aquarium has been an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) since 1997, and is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). The Dallas World Aquarium was opened in October 1992 in an old 1924 warehouse that had been gutted and rebuilt on the inside. In 1997, the The Orinoco - Secrets of the River opened in an adjacent warehouse that had been similarly gutted and transformed, and the alley between the two buildings became the divide between freshwater and saltwater exhibits.
The upper level of the aquarium is an artificial reproduction of the Orinoco Rainforest. The rainforest is an aviary, with birds such as scarlet ibis and toucans flying freely. As you wind your way through the rainforest, you see the only public display of three-toed sloths in the United States, plus animals such as electric eels, caecilians, tamarins, poison dart frogs, orinoco crocodiles, and vampire bats.The aquarium is also part of a joint initiative between local companies and corporations and the Dallas Public School district. Many of the Aquarium's employees are also full-time students at the School of Business & Management at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet High School.