The Phoenix Zoo in Arizona is a large zoo with about 12 acres of land and 2.5 miles of walking trails. There are about 1200 individual animals at this zoo, representing hundreds of different species. The zoo is separated into trails, where guests can see animals from certain parts of the world, and there is also a lake and children's activities to keep guests of all ages busy.
The African Trail is one of the most popular parts of the zoo. Some of the exhibits feature a number of animals that live in harmony. For example, on the savanna, guests can see cattle, gazelle, giraffes, and vultures living together while others have their own enclosures. Some of the animals found along this trail include tigers, lions, warthogs, quails, rhinos, baboons, ostriches, African wild dogs, cheetahs, and otters. There's also a Desert Lives Amphitheater, which has daily shows for visitors.
The other popular trail at the Phoenix Zoo is the Tropics Trail. The animals along this trail include orangutans, anteaters, bears, elephants, jaguars, Galapagos tortoises, and monkeys. There's also a tropical birds exhibit, where guests can see animals such as the macaw, and there's a monkey village with a number of different species.
Connecting to this trail is the Children's Trail, which leads to the Harmony Farm. On the Children's Trail, kids can see wallabies, tamarins, ocelots, raccoons, and a number of other animals. The Harmony Farm has a petting zoo, barn, and schoolhouse, and there are a number of learning activities along this trail.
The fourth trail is called the Arizona Trail, which is small, but represents animals that are native to the Arizona area. Animals found in this area of the zoo are the mountain lion, the Mexican wolf, the bobcat, the bald eagle, the pronghorn, the collared peccary, the coati, and the coyote. Nearby, guests can also visit the Reptile House, Stingray Bay, and the Virginia G. Piper Enchanted Forest.
Throughout the zoo, there are also a number of places to eat, such as the Savanna Grill and the Carousel Caf,. Guests who don't wish to walk throughout the entire zoo can hop on the Safari Train, which has stations around the various trails. The zoo also has a number of special events and interactive programs for the whole family, which is part of the reason why this zoo was voted one of the top children's zoos in the country. They have family programs, which include camps, clubs, and adult programs, as well as school or youth club programs for groups. There are also special events at the zoo, including beer tasting, holiday events, and member nights, and guests can book events, such as birthday parties and corporate conferences at the zoo.
Admission to the zoo costs $7 to $16, depending on age, and the zoo's main summer hours are from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM on weekdays and from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM on weekends. During the winter months, the zoo is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Guests can buy tickets online or contact the zoo at 602-914-4333 to learn more.