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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  • 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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  • The first Saturday in September each year is International Vulture Awareness Day! Vultures are an ecologically vital group of birds that face a variety of threats, and populations of many species are under pressure with some facing extinction. The goal of this effort is to promote the importance and conservation of vultures to a wider audience […]

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  • We know what you’re thinking. Why do they call it a leaf-tailed gecko? Well, because its tail looks like a leaf. Pretty straightforward, right? Recently, two Henkel’s leaf-tailed geckos hatched at the Zoo! Native to Madagascar, these beautiful animals are threatened by habitat loss and illegal collecting.  This gecko can conceal itself in its forest […]

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  • Summer Discount Extended! UPDATE: August 29, 2017 It’s hard to believe, but construction on multiple areas of the Zoo has already been taking place for over two months! As always, we thank you for your patience and support during this time. We certainly know having several areas of the Zoo blocked off is an inconvenience, […]

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  • On August 3, the Phoenix Zoo was caught in the middle of a major storm that rolled through the Valley. Multiple trees were uprooted, tents were destroyed, several trails were flooded and the awning at Stingray Bay was severely damaged.  Fortunately, all animals were quickly accounted for and safe, but the Zoo was forced to […]

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  • We’re fortunate to have remarkable employees at the Phoenix Zoo — all of whom care deeply for animals and their native habitats.  Case in point: primate zookeeper, Jessica Peterschick.  As part of the Global Field masters program at Miami University of Ohio, Peterschick is spending a month in Borneo studying orangutans in conjunction with her […]

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  • Golden lion tamarins are distinctive-looking, New World primates typically recognized by their bright orange coats and manes. Weighing in at just over one pound, these omnivorous little monkeys make their meals out of insects, fruits, tree exudates, flowers and small vertebrates (depending on the season). And, yes, they are super cute.  Residing only in the […]

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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