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Fort Worth Zoo Web Site Terms and Conditions of Use/Privacy Statement

Now that you've had fun reading our stories and playing on our kid's page, it's time to get to the good stuff — legal information that will keep you out of trouble!

First, www.fortworthzoo.org, the Fort Worth Zoo web site, is owned and operated by The Fort Worth Zoological Association, a Texas non-profit corporation (FWZA). Because it is our web site, FWZA can change the content of this web site at any time without warning. By accessing our web site, you consent to all of our rules without modification. and most important, if you are enjoying our web site then you must agree to all of our rules. Not just one or two of them, but ALL of them. Also, we have the right to change our rules at any time. If you don't feel like sticking to our rules, then we have to ask you to not use the Fort Worth Zoo web site. Then you won't be able to learn about all of the neat things going on at the Zoo!

The elephants at the Zoo never forget, and neither should you — always remember that the Fort Worth Zoo logo, our stories, pictures, exhibit and program names, and all other information on the web site are protected by United States and foreign copyright and trademark law. Using any of these items in an unauthorized manner is prohibited by law. Also, PLEASE don't modify anything on the Fort Worth Zoo web site because it will violate our intellectual property rights. In other words, please don't "monkey" around with our stuff!

While we want you to visit our web site often (every day if you like), it can only be used for your personal, non-commercial use and enjoyment. That means that you can download one copy of the web site on one computer. If you like our web site so much that you would like to use it in a commercial fashion, then you MUST ask us first in writing. We can't promise that we'll be able to let you, but it never hurts to ask. Send your written request to: Fort Worth Zoo, 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth, Texas, 76110, ATTN: Communications.

OK, now we have to talk about our disclaimers and other legal stuff. Not because we want to, but because our lawyers say we have to. The Fort Worth Zoo cannot be held liable for any harm or injuries caused by, including but not limited to, any failure of performance, error, omission, interruption, defect, delay in operation of transmission, computer virus, on-line failure, or anything else odd that happens.

We'd love to hear from you and have you send us your ideas. However, when you send us messages it is important for you to know that they are not confidential. That means that several different people will probably read what you wrote. If you send us any drawings, comments, suggestions or ideas, they become ours. We will have exclusive ownership and will be entitled to use your submission for any commercial or other purpose whatsoever, without compensation to you or any other person sending the submission. Because of the nature of the internet, it is possible that information voluntarily submitted by you may be collected by third parties and may result in unsolicited messages. FWZA is not liable or responsible for such actions by third parties.

While using this web site, you may not post or transmit any material that is libelous, defamatory, obscene, or that violates any other person's rights. You may not post or transmit material with the intent to threaten the safety of others or with the effect of causing another person to perceive a threat to his or her safety. When you post or transmit material to this web site, you represent that you are the sole owner of the material or that you have the right to license the use of the material. You must abide by all applicable laws while using this web site.

Did you know that there are certain places where our web site is not supposed to be? That's right. The Fort Worth Zoo web site is operated from Fort Worth, Texas, and may not be suitable in other locations. If you decide to use it somewhere else, then you need to be aware of local laws that deal with using a web site. The law states that this web site may not be downloaded or otherwise exported or re-exported to (or to a nation or resident of) any country to which the U.S. has placed an embargo, including without limitation Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Syria, or Yugoslavia. It also cannot go to anyone on the U.S. Treasury Department's Specially Designated Nationals list or to anyone on the U.S. Commerce Department's Table of Denial Orders. So think of yourself as special and privileged and keep the web site here in the good ol' USA The main goal of our web site is for you to have an enjoyable time while on the Internet. So any opinions expressed on the web site do not necessarily reflect those of the Fort Worth Zoo Association.

While you are on our web site, you'll probably notice that there are several links to other web sites. Because these links are not those of the FWZA, we are not responsible for and do not necessarily endorse the links or their contents.

The Fort Worth Zoo web site is offered on an "as-is" basis without any warranties of any kind. We cannot guarantee that our web site will appear perfect on your screen or that it will not contain any typos or technical inaccuracies. Also, please keep in mind that FWZA is not responsible if a virus or some other harmful thing is related to our web site. FWZA cannot be held liable for any direct, indirect, special, or consequential damages caused by your use or, or your inability to use, FWZA materials on this web site, including but not limited to, any failure of performance, error, omission, interruption, defect, delay in operation of transmission, computer virus, online failure, or anything else odd that happens. Your sole remedy is to stop using this web site.

If you just hate our rules and don't want to follow them, then you can end your agreement with us by following a few simple steps. First, destroy everything obtained from the Fort Worth Zoo web site. Second, destroy all related documentation and all copies, printouts, and installation from our web site. But, we also have the right to terminate our with you if you do not follow our rules. By accessing this web site, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless FWZA and the City of Fort Worth (and all parties claiming through them) for, from and against any and all claims and liabilities arising out of, related to or resulting from your violation of our rules. These terms and conditions shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Texas. By accessing this web site, you expressly consent to personal jurisdiction in the state or federal courts in the State of Texas. If any provision of these terms and conditions of use is found to be invalid, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions. No waiver of any of these terms and conditions will be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or condition or any other term or condition.

See, that wasn't so bad, huh? Cruise through our web site as often as you want, and leave everything just as you found it. We always welcome your ideas, suggestions, brainstorms, input whatever you think will make the Fort Worth Zoo shine! Thanks for wandering this far through our information.


Secure Shopping

The Fort Worth Zoo makes every reasonable effort to ensure that transactions that occur on our website are secure. The Fort Worth Zoo has incorporated 128-bit Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption technology into the design of the secure purchase areas on the Fort Worth Zoo website. This is an encryption technology designed to make using your credit card as safe as possible and is the industry standard for protecting information that is transmitted over the Internet. You can tell whether you are in our secure shopping area by viewing the lock or key at the bottom of your browser—an unlocked or broken key (depending on your browser) means you are in an unsecured area. Secure pages also have "https://" in the browser address line instead of "http://." The Fort Worth Zoo also enlists monitoring efforts which identify unauthorized attempts to access, upload, or change information on the website and across the network. If you experience fraudulent use of your credit card as a result of using our website, notify your credit card company per its rules and procedures.


Refund Policy

Your satisfaction is our success. Unfortunately, Fort Worth Zoo events are usually not refundable. Be sure to review the payment details listed in the information pages for each event. Donations to the Zoo are tax deductible and cannot be refunded. However, if you found you made a mistake in a donation to the Fort Worth Zoo or to one of the Fort Worth Zoo's programs, please contact us.