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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  • 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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Phoenix Zoo
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  • The Phoenix Zoo takes the summer heat very seriously – especially when it comes to the care and comfort of the animals who call the Zoo home. The vast majority of animals here at the Zoo can safely tolerate extreme temperatures. For example, the Arizona Trail houses animals who are all native to Arizona and, therefore, familiar with the heat. Additionally, we have several animals whose native reg...

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  • By Carrie Flood Did you know the Arizona Center for Nature Conservation/Phoenix Zoo support conservation projects around the world? It’s a big part of our mission. Scientists and groups working to save endangered animals and their habitats can apply for grant money to help with the costs associated with their important work. This is not […]

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  • Spanning over 125 acres in the Valley of the Sun, the Phoenix Zoo is one of the largest non-profit zoos in the U.S., caring for over 3,000 animals with nearly 400 species represented, including many threatened/endangered species. Over 1 million guests visit the Zoo on an annual basis to see magnificent animals like African lions, […]

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  • By Carrie Flood Baby giraffe Siku is more than a pretty face. Siku, our newest baby giraffe, is undeniably adorable. She ranks a solid 11/10 on the cute scale. As much as you may enjoy coming to see her on the Savanna or seeing her picture on our social media, you can’t imagine how much […]

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Phoenix Zoo
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  • By Carrie Flood A snake? Really? YES REALLY. See, it’s never “just a snake.”  It’s an ecosystem, an interaction, a connection between living things. Think of all living things on earth as intersections on a giant orb web. As humans, we exert pressure or control on almost all living things, so we would be near […]

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  • By Carrie Flood The Association of Zoos and Aquariums are leaders in tackling the conservation problems facing the planet today. In 2017 alone, AZA-member institutions contributed about 160 million dollars to over 2,500 conservation initiatives in more than 100 countries. We support the efforts of local communities all over the world to save species in […]

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  • Our mission at the Arizona Center for Nature Conservation/Phoenix Zoo is to provide experiences that inspire people and motivate them to care for the natural world. Six-year-old, Kaelyn McCall, embodies that spirit perfectly. Recently, Kaelyn happily created a free lemonade stand for her neighborhood. But in an uplifting twist of fate, people began to donate […]

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  • Celebrate Fernando’s birthday by supporting him and his home with some great gifts! Gifts may be dropped off here at the zoo!   Lowe’s Gift Card Help improve Fernando’s home with plants and supplies from Lowe’s!                                         […]

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  • What is Arizona Gives Day? Arizona Gives Day is a state and nationwide, 24-hour, online giving campaign on April 3, 2018, that helps people find, learn about, and contribute to causes they believe in. Arizona Gives Day provides Arizona based non-profits with a way to share their story and engage the community through a unique […]

Phoenix Zoo
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  • Here at the Arizona Center for Nature Conservation/Phoenix Zoo, our mission is advance the stewardship and conservation of animals and their habitats while providing experiences that inspire people and motivate them to care for the natural world. It’s something we certainly don’t take lightly, and try to find as many ways to connect individuals with […]

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Phoenix Zoo
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  • Weighing close to 20 pounds with a wing-span greater than nine feet, California condors are large and powerful birds. It took a team effort to secure them for their routine physical examinations this week. Two keepers held each bird and a third helped with their feet and wings as needed. While it may look uncomfortable […]

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  • We constantly receive feedback from our guests that Monkey Village is always on their must-see list when they visit the Zoo … no matter how many times they’ve been here! Monkey Village is a unique, open exhibit where squirrel monkeys scamper through bushes and trees just inches away. In fact, it’s the only walk-through squirrel […]

Phoenix Zoo
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  • Looking for a unique experience this Valentine’s Day? Make some memories and fossilize your love for eternity at Dino Date Night on February 14 from 7 – 9 p.m.!  Limited to 50 couples, tickets are sure to go FAST! This special 21 and older event includes shredded “dino” BBQ, a fireside glass of champagne (non-alcoholic […]

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Phoenix Zoo
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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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Phoenix Zoo
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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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