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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  • Celebrating National Zookeeper Week 2017!
    National Zookeeper Week occurs each year during the third week in July. The goal is to promote and recognize the selfless and dedicated zoo professionals for their generous work all year long. Here at the Phoenix Zoo, our keepers are tasked with a variety of roles, duties and responsibilities – each one equally important as […]
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  • There’s Still Time to Register for Camp Zoo!
    Here’s the thing about Camp Zoo: It’s awesome. Like, really awesome. The best part? You still have time to sign up! At Camp Zoo, children have fascinating adventures with the natural world. Each session is filled with up-close animal encounters, behind-the-scenes experiences, hands-on activities, games, in-depth investigations and organized free time. All camp lessons and activities are […]
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  • But First, Let Me Take a Selfie
    By Senior Primate Zookeeper, Denise Wagner The Association of Zoos and Aquariums defines enrichment as a process to ensure the behavioral and physical needs of an animal are being met by providing opportunities for species-appropriate actions and choices. That is to say, enrichment serves to deliver mental and physical stimulation that promotes healthy behavior. All […]
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  • Keeping our Animals (and Guests) Cool in the Summer
    Pools are located in the habitats of our lions, tigers, elephants, Andean bear and rhinoceros. Many animals occasionally receive tasty ice treats such as bloodsicles, fishsicles or frozen food. Misters are used at Monkey Village and at our elephant habitat. Some animals, like those on the Savanna, receive a sprinkler or garden hose shower to […]
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  • Pardon Our Dust- UPDATED 7/5
    UPDATE: July 5, 2017 Construction is well under way! The old Savanna Grill is barley recognizable at the moment. Soon enough we will start to see the transformation into a more modern (and much cooler) indoor seating facility. Please Note: The Giraffe Deck is now closed for the remainder of the summer due to construction […]
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  • A Week to Change
    “You are the caregivers of these animals. Their lives depend on your kindness. Their lives depend on how much you love them and care about them. You have to be their eyes and ears. It is your everyday duty to do your very best for them.” In 2012, in partnership with The Jane Goodall Institute, […]
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  • My Zoo Story: Dr. Mireya Mayor
    Primatologist, Anthropologist, Wildlife Expert, Conservationist, Explorer, Inspirational Speaker, Author and TV Host... Dr. Mireya Mayor has done it all. This is her story.
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  • National Zookeeper Week 2017
    The Phoenix Zoo is incredibly fortunate to have amazing, selfless individuals that comprise our remarkable Living Collections team. To celebrate #NationalZookeeperWeek, we're sharing the inspirational and heartfelt reasons why they do what they do - on a daily basis - all year long.
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  • Primate Behavioral Enrichment at the Phoenix Zoo!
    Behavioral enrichment is the environmental enhancement of the lives of animals in a managed setting by providing them with mental and physical stimulation to increase natural and healthy behavior. In other words; adding a little creativity, fun and stimulation to our animals’ lives! It's safe to say our primates (golden lion tamarin, Geoffroy's marmoset, squirrel monkeys and more!) seemed to enjoy...
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  • Incredible Slow-Mo Video of the Meller's Chameleon!
    The Phoenix Zoo and our Ambassador Animal Resources department have one goal: inspire people and motivate them to care for the natural world. Our Meller’s chameleon, Incognito, is enjoying a snack of crickets at Camp Zoo this week. Meller’s chameleons have lightning-fast projectile tongues (up to 10 inches in length!) which they use to capture a wide variety of insects as Incognito demonstrates he...
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  • Watch Jiwa, a Bornean Orangutan, Make Adorable Faces!
    The Association of Zoos and Aquariums defines enrichment as a process to ensure the behavioral and physical needs of an animal are being met by providing opportunities for species-appropriate actions and choices. That is to say, enrichment serves to deliver mental and physical stimulation that promotes healthy behavior. All of the animals that call the Phoenix Zoo home are provided with enrichme...
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  • My Zoo Story: Alison Ochs, Volunteer
    "It's not just about seeing the animals; it's about saving them." From guest, to camper, to ZooTeen, to volunteer and back to guest, Alison Ochs' love of the Phoenix Zoo has only grown stronger over the years. This is her story.
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  • A Week to Change
    The Phoenix Zoo is so fortunate to have Hilda Tresz, Behavioral Enrichment & International Animal Welfare Coordinator, as a member of our staff. Hilda travels the globe to improve the lives of animals across multiple continents. There are countless zoos across the world that do fantastic conservation work and have top notch care for their animals. Not all zoos are so privileged to receive proper f...
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  • BREAKING: Zoo announces Dinosaurs in the Desert, opening October 2017!
    The Phoenix Zoo announces Dinosaurs in the Desert exhibit to open October 2017! This fall, 23 prehistoric creatures will descend onto the Zoo’s Desert Lives Trail. This will be an unforgettable self-guided expedition into the land of the lost you won’t want to miss. The first creature in the exhibit has already arrived! A citipati measuring nearly six-feet tall looms in the shade next to the great...

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