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  • Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium
    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.
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    16501 W Northern Ave.
    Litchfield Park, AZ US
  • Phoenix Zoo
    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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    455 N Galvin Pkwy
    Phoenix, AZ US
  • Walking M Farms
    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.
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    8357 East Warner Road
    Mesa, AZ US
  • Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary
    Heritage Park and its volunteers are dedicated to the conservation and protection of wildlife, caring for more than 150 indigenous and exotic mammals, reptiles, and birds in a 10-acre haven. Many of Heritage Park's animals were previously injured, abandoned, or marked with a human imprint that prevents them from rejoining their packs without bringing personalized coffee mugs for everyone. While prowling through the sanctuary, visitors might spy a mountain lion that was kept as a pet, a black bear that was orphaned by his mother, or a fox rescued from a swimming pool. Emus, tarantulas, and ring-tailed lemurs also run free in their habitats, serenading onlookers with their wild cries. Heritage Park also plays an important role in the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan, granting asylum to critically endangered Mexican gray wolves, which are being reintroduced into the wild after a 20-year absence. The zoological sanctuary is open every day, with extended hours from May 1 to October 31 to give guests a chance to see animals that are usually out running errands during business hours.
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    1403 Heritage Park Rd.
    Prescott, AZ US
  • Deb's Dragons
    Many creatures are simply misunderstood. Just because they're a little creepy, a little crawly, or perhaps just a bit slimy and prone to swallowing mice whole, some people get frightened. But when a child touches their first tarantula, stares a crestie gecko in its big orange eye, or feels the soothing wrap of a python, those fears flourish into open-eyed wonder and fascination that can't be leashed. Since 2002, Deb's Dragons has been inciting the awe of Greater Arizona and Southern California residents with their menagerie of exotic species culled from six continents. In interactive shows that entrance all ages, they liven up events such as birthday parities, classroom assemblies, and even corporate and team building exercises. Every showcase of lizards, bugs, dragons, constrictors, and tortoises is steered by informative wranglers who illuminate the creature's wonders and dispel misconceptions about why hissing cockroaches hiss and why gopher snakes snub moles at parties.
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    W Maya Dr
    Peoria, AZ US
  • Arabian Horse Association of Arizona
    In 1955, 50 horses and their handlers gathered on the grounds of the Arizona Biltmore Hotel for the first Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. Over the next 58 years, the event moved twice?first to Paradise Park, then to WestWorld?and grew to nearly 2,500 participants. Today, the 450 members of the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona, which was incorporated the same year as the horse show, help to oversee the annual flagship event. Many of the members also serve as competition judges, work to foster youth participation in the equestrian arts, and raise awareness about which tiny hats look best on thoroughbreds. The annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show draws competitors from local Arizona farms and across the country. The showcase gathers thousands of horse enthusiasts for seminars, competitions, galas, international cuisine, and more than 300 vendors. Though the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona holds the show as its main event, it also oversees the Arabian Breeder Finals, a halter and breeding showcase; the annual qualifying America Cup Championship; and yearly endurance rides and stallion auctions.
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    7762 E Gray Rd
    Scottsdale, AZ US

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