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Phoenix Zoo

Map & Directions 455 N. Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008
  • Mon - Sun: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Phoenix New Times' Description

Named one of the nation's top five zoos for kids in 2003, the Phoenix Zoo houses more than 1,300 animals and is traversed by five trails, which wind through 125 acres of animals, rides and more. The Phoenix Zoo is a privately-owned nonprofit zoo supported by donors and other private organizations and offers plenty of educational experiences as well as animal fun. In additional to the usual animal exhibits, the zoo offers the Red Barn Petting Zoo where several pettable animals can be found. Other special experiences include the Endangered Species Carousel, Stingray Bay (where you can pet a string ray), camel rides, giraffe feeding and pedal boats. The zoo also hosts special events throughout the year such as the annual holiday tradition, Zoo Lights. Guests are welcome to bring their own water and food into the park – as well as roller blades or bikes to save yourself the energy of walking the more than two miles of trails.

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  • davelog
    davelog wrote a review for Phoenix Zoo
    on 11/04/11

    At the risk of sounding like a shill for the zoo, to really appreciate the place you need to buy a membership. We have a fantastic zoo here in Phoenix, but when you just buy tickets on a per-visit basis, you feel like you have to see ALL of it to justify the cost, and there's a LOT of zoo to see, especially when it's 100 degrees out. When you have a membership, you can go and... More >>

  • Miss Lenaiya wrote a review for Phoenix Zoo
    on 07/14/10

    A zoo is a zoo right? Wrong! this place is amazing! it has bushes and such that remind me of edward scissorhands! amazing! but I always love to see the monkeys!

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Tips from foursquare

  • HISTORY on 04/22/10

    This zoo was originally named the "Maytag Zoo" after Robert Maytag, who formed the Arizona Zoological Society. Maytag died a few months before its opening in November 1962.

  • Visit Phoenix on 06/22/11

    The Phoenix Zoo, which is considered one of the nation's top 10 zoos, played a large part in saving the Arabian oryx from extinction.

  • Brittany W. on 12/20/09

    Pet the stingrays! It only costs three dollars and it's worth it.

  • 98.7 The Peak on 05/27/11

    Lions are the largest African carnivores; basically, don't stick your hands through the fence!

  • Ben B. on 11/10/10

    Make it a day trip and spend the day checking out the animals and sites. Be sure to wear sunscreen and if you are able, definitely go to Zoo Lights around Christmas time

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  • 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. April 19

  • 6:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. May 10

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