The dream of philanthropists Robert and Nancy Maytag became reality in 1962, and today, the Phoenix Zoo has welcomed more than 43 million guests onto its 125 acre oasis in the Papago Park neighborhood. It’s easy to spend an entire day here, strolling the 2.5 miles of walking trails or taking the tram, meeting and greeting more than 1,400 animals residing in state-of-the-art, humane habitats designed to mimic life in the wild. Some 30 species are endangered or threatened, including creatures being brought back to sustainable numbers like the Arabian Oryx, Black-footed ferrets, Chiricahua leopard frogs, narrow-headed garter snake, thick-billed parrots and Mexican wolves. Many critters enjoy the sunshine hours, but to best see the nocturnal natives, visitors will want to sign up for Twilight or Night Camp flashlight tours.
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Having trouble finding that family-friendly activity everyone will love? This zoo is made for all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Animal lovers can make their next gathering extra special and avoid wrangling the neighborhood's stray cats by bringing the menagerie to them. Walking M Farms provides mobile petting zoos and pony rides, which are perfect for parties. Up to 12 types of friendly and cared-for animals, including bunnies, pigs, ducks, and even a miniature horse, greet guests young and old. Whether organizing a horse-drawn hayride or a pig race, Walking M Farms carefully sets up and takes down each special event, ensuring hosts and guests alike can enjoy their time with the animals instead of cleaning up after any hard-partying chickens.
The giraffe smells a food pellet. He pokes his head just over the railing and starts sniffing for the guest holding his treat. Not far off, some brightly plumed parrots land on another visitor’s arm, spying the tasty apple slices in her hand. Though you can’t get this close to every animal at Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium—such as the lions and the wild Larry Fitzgeralds—the keepers do facilitate animal-human exchanges as often as possible with the zoo’s more than 600 species. They also give visitors novel views of some exhibits by welcoming them aboard the Skyride, the Australian boat ride, and the African train safari. The adjacent aquarium adds to the zoo’s impressive animal collection, housing more than 75 exhibits and enough water to start a new earth colony.
Further attractions include a children’s petting zoo, daily shows, and a baby-animal nursery. At the 15-acre Safari Park, guests stroll or ride the tram through animal habitats, where they can spy on species that live on the other side of the equator. Wildlife World also features two restaurants where guests can feed themselves and their own helpless progeny.