Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium and Safari Park

Written by on October 29, 2014 in AZ Attractions - Comments Off on Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium and Safari Park

Located on the far west side of the Valley of the Sun (Phoenix, Arizona), the Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium is a rare treat. The zoo features the largest collection in Arizona of wild and endangered creatures. The 30-year-old park has been growing slowly but steadily. Because the zoo purchased land on the outskirts of Phoenix, the animal enclosures are some of the most unique and expansive ever built.

For instance, the huge African Animal Enclosure is so bit is allows guests to take a half mile train ride to take it all in. Ostrich, waterbuck, antelope, oryx, cranes, stocks and more rub shoulders is the open expanse of land. Great natural plant fences screen many of the enclosures of animal privacy, while still allowing guests a glimpse of these magnificent creatures. Other unique elements include islands where the primates can play. The islands are surrounded by lagoons filled with unique waterfowl. Scattered throughout the park and tucked away in niches and corners are smaller cages for unique and beautiful birds from around the world. Some harmless animals, like the peacocks and parrots are allowed to wander the park at their leisure.

Kids will love the special encounters like being able to feed the giraffes, the penguin feeding times or the Wildlife Encounter show that take place every day at the park. The Petting Zoo, while undergoing renovations in 2014, is extremely popular and allows kids to get up close with animals they’ve never encountered before.

The aquarium, 225,000 gallons of fresh and saltwater exhibits,  is also growing by leaps and bounds and provides its own unique encounters. For example, you can have lunch or dinner in Dillon’s BBQ while sitting next to the albino alligator. Or dine on the patio and watch the pink flamingos flirt with each other. Children will love the touch tanks where they can handle starfish, stingrays and more, and the Log Flume Ride is just plain wet fun.

Be prepared to put on your walking shoes, because this park is extremely large and growing every day. There are ways to get around, like the African Train Ride, the Verizon SuperPages SkyRide and the Tram, but the best way to see the park is on foot. Due to the extreme heat in Arizona, even in the fall and spring months, plan to stop for beverages frequently or carry plenty of water with you. For the physically challenged, the park offers wheelchair rental and the whole park is readily accessible.

Besides Dillon’s BBQ, there are several snack shops and cafe throughout the park where you can cool down with ice cream, cool drinks or grab a snack. The park is open year around including all holidays.

Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium and Safari Park
16501 W. Northern Ave.
Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
(623) 935-WILD (9453)

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