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Visiting Phoenix Zoo in Phoenix
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Located in Papago Park, Phoenix Zoo home more than two thousand animals in over hundreds of species which includes bald eagles, bighorn sheep, and several others. Opened in the year 1962, the zoo features four different themed areas named Arizona Trail, Africa Trail, Tropics Trail, and Children's Trail. Being Phoenix's point of pride, it levitates millions of tourists towards its exquisite range of flora and fauna. The star icon of the zoo is 'Ruby-the elephant'. Monkey Village, Desert Lives, Harmony Farm, Orangutan, Isle of the Tiger, Stingray Bay, People of Forest and Forest of UCO are its significant exhibits. Spread over an area of 51 hectares, the Phoenix Zoo features numerous trails and exhibitions for you to discover and explore all the way. Along with a number of attractions, the zoo also focuses on the breeding and conservation programs of endangered species along with educational and research programs for students and kids in the form of volunteering or workshops.

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A day at the Phoenix Zoo

A day at the Phoenix Zoo

The Trails at the Phoenix Zoo

The Trails at the Phoenix Zoo

The Trails at the Phoenix Zoo include four major trails named as the Arizona Trail, the Tropics Trail, the Africa Trail, and the Children's Trail. The Arizona Trail emulates the plant life and the wildlife of the state of Arizona. It features a number of displays and exhibits of the Sonoran Desert which include various animals like coyote, bobcat, coati, Mexican wolf, raven, collared peccary, cougar, turkey, thick-billed parrot, vulture, Sonoran pronghorn, along with saguaro cactus. The Tropics Trail has been divided into two parts. The Tropical Flights part is focussed mainly on the tropical birds along with including common squirrels' monkeys, ring-tailed lemurs, and Bornean orangutans. The other part is the Land of Dragons exhibit which focuses on Komodo dragons. Other animals included in the exhibit include iguanas, tigers, Asian elephants, and many more. The Africa Trail talks about the most popular and wonderful animals of the African region including rhinos, lions, zebras, cheetahs, butterflies, sheep, buttes, dogs, baboons, giraffes, and many more. The last but not the least, the Children's Trail focuses on making the children interact with a few animals which are not at all harmful including tamarins, gibbons, emus, and others. A Petting Zoo is also included in the same for the children which feature farm animals.

Shopping and Dining at the Phoenix Zoo

Shopping and Dining at the Phoenix Zoo

Shopping and Dining at the Phoenix Zoo is a must indulge in activity. The Desert Marketplace in the zoo is the right place for you to collect one of a kind souvenirs to make your visit to the zoo memorable. You will find a number of clothes, toys, and gift items for kids and even adults at the shop including hats, books, jewelry, stuffed animals, artworks, and much more. The Desert Marketplace is opened during the zoo hours only. However, you can access their online store from their official website and make a purchase. Many opportunities to dine in after a long day at the zoo are available in the zoo including Sunset Treats, Farm Café, Plateau Treats, Outpost Café, Icee Mix it up, Jungle Java, Lounge Grill, Lakeside, and Savannah Grill.

Papago Park at the Phoenix Zoo

Papago Park at the Phoenix Zoo

Designated as one of the 'Phoenix Points of Pride,' the Papago Park is a hilly deserted municipal park which features various geological formations and a large variety of desert plants. It consists of the Desert Botanical Garden, The Phoenix Zoo, hiking trails, small lakes and ponds, picnic area, a fire museum, and hunt's Tom. Spread in six acres of land, the Papago Ponds highlights multiple species of fishes and other aqua-marine creatures including sunfish, tilapia, carp, rainbow trout and many more. The visiting hours for the park are from the rise of the sun till the dusk, i.e., 6:00 am to 7:00 pm. With numerous options to indulge in, the Papago Park will keep you entertained in wonderful ways. One day is not enough at the Papago Park. Fall in love with the beauty of nature and flora and other numerous attractions of the park.

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How to Get Tickets?

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How To Get Around?

Phoenix Zoo can be accessed only on foot as it does not allow any other kind of transportation. Zoo cars are allowed during tours.

What Should I Wear?

Wear a pair of shorts along with a tank top, sunglasses, a bracelet, hair band and a hat or a cap. Do not forget your sunscreen.

Facts

Best Time to Visit

The Phoenix Zoo remains open on all days from 9 am to 5 pm. Members of the zoo can enter by 8 am.

Currency

US Dollars

Will I Need a Guide?

No. This website provides enough information that you will require for this tour. It is the best guide.

How To Get There?

Easily accessible for everyone, the town offers several of means to get into. You can directly fly to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Located at the distance of five kilometers from downtown, it is a hub of American airlines. Unfortunately, railway service of the city has been discontinued due to disputes among the department. However, you can grab the bus for a leisure trip. The town widely connects its roads to the main highway. You can also prefer to have your vehicle. Buses, taxis, subways, trams, cabs, and trolleys will be available on every destination spot. The Light Rails are much economical than taxis and cabs. You can also try new Skytrain for free of cost. If you want to have a quick and comfortable trip, then prefer to travel in metros and subways. You can also hire self-driven vehicles for leisure tour. Rental cars are readily available in Phoenix. Usually, tourists prefer to have this only. Moreover, nearby attractions are best to explore on foot.

Additional Info

Do not touch or interact with the animals. Do not feed them on your own. Do not use flash while clicking pictures as it may hurt the eyes of the animals. Wear loads of sunscreen as you will have to speed the day outside. Carry a water bottle with cold water. An umbrella will be good. You can bring your own food alcoholic beverages are not allowed. No glass materials should be brought, do not spoil the premises of the zoo.

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