The Phoenix Zoo opened in 1962 and is the largest privately owned, non-profit zoo in the United States. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, the zoo was founded by Robert Maytag, a member of the Maytag family, and operates on 125 acres (51 ha) of land in the Papago Park area of Phoenix. It has been designated as a Phoenix Point of Pride.

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  • Each staff member at the Phoenix Zoo LOVES animals. So when Bird Keeper, Kyle Waites, heard through the grapevine that a swan was spotted at the Children’s Zoo Lake, he grabbed his camera to take some photos of the beautiful bird. However, after close scrutiny, many photos and multiple lengthy discussions with various people, they […]

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  • As the holiday season approaches, we pause to give thanks for our blessings and the people in our lives. The Phoenix Zoo is grateful for the support of members and friends just like you! It is also a time when charitable giving often comes to mind. Charitable donations are an excellent way to support the […]

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  • The Phoenix Zoo’s first-ever sloth has finally made his debut! Fernando, a Linne’s two-toed sloth, came to us from the National Aquarium in Baltimore. He is a year and a half old and very laid back. Keep in mind: Since he is a nocturnal animal, he is very sleepy during the day and active at night. Feel free to stop by and check him out on the Children’s Trail! #MoreThanAZoo

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  • Fernando the sloth will be making his debut at the Phoenix Zoo very soon... it's a sloooow process. (See what we did there?) In the meantime, he continues to be active at night; Linne's two-toed sloths are nocturnal animals. As soon as it gets dark, Fernando typically moseys onto his habitat and starts exploring. #MoreThanAZoo

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  • Our blue-crowned motmots, which can be found in the Forest of Uco, have been busy preparing for their breeding season in March. They will dig extensive burrows to nest in (months in advance) to give the entrance of the burrow a well-worn look so as to not attract unwanted attention when their chicks hatch.  Unfortunately for […]

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  • Have you ever seen a bush dog? ACNC/Phoenix Zoo’s field conservation research director, Jan Schipper, and his colleagues in Costa Rica have been hoping for over a decade to see evidence of these elusive animals on their research cameras. Dr. Schipper and ProCAT team members, Dr. José F. González-Maya and Diego A. Gómez Hoyos, recently […]

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  • Give the gift that keeps on giving; support the Phoenix Zoo’s wildlife conservation efforts today! We are proud to participate in #GivingTuesday (or, as we call it, #GivingZOOday!), a global day of giving back on November 28. As the holiday shopping season begins, we hope you will support the Zoo and the important work being […]

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Let it Glow!

  • Illuminating Your Holiday Season The holiday tradition shines brighter than ever as the Phoenix Zoo ushers in another magical season of ZooLights ZooLights, presented by SRP and powered by EarthWise™ Energy, will light up the sky for its 26th season on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, and every evening thereafter through January 14, 2018.   To […]

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  • Mt. Graham red squirrels are native to southeastern Arizona and are only found in the Pinaleño Mountains of Graham County. They were thought to be extinct in the 1950s until they were rediscovered two decades later. The Phoenix Zoo currently maintains a small pilot breeding population of Mt. Graham red squirrels, but our ultimate goal […]

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  • If you’ve visited the Zoo in the last couple of weeks, you may have seen the bird department on the back road engaged in activity with radio-controlled boats. We know what you’re thinking, and it does appear to be frivolous play, but this was actually very important (and potentially life-saving) training.  The goal is to maneuver the boats […]

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  • It’s National Veterinary Technician Week, and we wanted to take this opportunity to celebrate the remarkable passion and dedication of our veterinary technicians. First celebrated in the early 1990s, National Veterinary Technician Week aims to recognize the contributions of vet techs across the country.   There is no such thing as a “typical” day for […]

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  • We are excited to welcome three female African painted dogs to their new habitat at the Zoo! These three gorgeous animals came to Phoenix from the Oklahoma City Zoo. Female African painted dogs can be a bit aggressive, so their introduction to our current male, Kio, will be carefully planned out.  As you can see, […]

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  • They’re here! Twenty-three prehistoric creatures have officially descended onto the Phoenix Zoo’s Desert Lives Trail. This is an unforgettable self-guided expedition into the land of the lost you won’t want to miss. For the convenience of our guests, we’ve put together tips, construction info, pricing and everything else you need to know about Dinosaurs in […]

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  • It is with heavy hearts that we let you know of the passing of Kasih, our rambunctious 11-year-old Bornean orangutan. In the past two weeks, Kasih (pronounced Kuh-see) started showing signs of a sudden, serious neurological disease. An emergency MRI on Thursday showed a large brain mass. She was being medically evaluated and treated but […]

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  • Need a reason to smile today? Look no further!  The Phoenix Zoo welcomed a female baby giraffe on Tuesday, September 12 (one week ago today). The little girl weighed in at approximately 150 pounds and is being extremely well-cared-for by her very protective mother, Sunshine. This is Sunshine’s first calf, and the two will remain […]

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  • There’s no hyperbole here; the work being done at The Arthur L. and Elaine V. Johnson Foundation Conservation Center is equally as remarkable as it is inspiring. Their work head-starting egg masses and developing and improving husbandry techniques for the federally threatened Chiricahua leopard frog illustrates that assertion perfectly. The Zoo works closely with the […]

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  • Marisa Boyd and Bryan MacAulay were recent recipients of both the Zoo’s Staff Conservation Grants and the International Congress of Zookeepers Conservation Grant. In May, they traveled to Malaysia for two weeks to work with hornbills in their natural habitat. They each developed a project that would benefit all eight species of hornbills that are […]

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