Meet Jackie

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park welcomes a newborn Reticulated Giraffe to the Family! Baby Jackie made her debut into the world on March 7, 2020, bringing the total number of baby giraffes at Wildlife World to 3! At just a few weeks old, this precious calf is already standing over 6 feet tall!  

Wildlife World is temporarily closing to the public effective March 31st to ensure the safety of the community, employees & animals. “We are excited to share updates of baby Jackie through our social media platforms, so families can still be inspired and involved from the safety of their homes,” said Kristy Morcom, Director of Media Relations. 

In the wild, the giraffe population is under a lot of pressure. This is largely due to habitat loss, fragmentation, degradation, poaching, and ultimately the growth of the human population. Giraffes are declared Vulnerable to Extinction on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.  

Joining in the fight to save the giraffe population from extinction, Wildlife World has not only donated to worthy organizations working to preserve these gentle giants but has also raised 12 giraffes’ in the last 18 years. The giraffes are ambassadors for their species and inspire visitors to conserve and protect their wild counterparts. Mickey Ollson, founder of the Wildlife World Zoo, believes the success of the zoo’s internationally recognized giraffe breeding program is due to the expertise and dedication from its management, keepers, veterinary team, and Arizona’s ideal climate conditions, which are similar to the savannas throughout Africa.  

Wildlife World’s keepers and veterinarians have raised dozens of species of wild and endangered animals over the past quarter century. Wildlife World strives to maximize genetic diversity in the zoological population with their breeding programs. As an USDA licensed, private institution, accredited by the Zoological Association of America (ZAA) and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks & Aquariums (AMMPA), Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park receives zero taxpayer funding. No tax dollars have ever been spent to build or operate Wildlife World in its 33-year history. 

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park is located at 16501 W. Northern Ave., Litchfield Park, AZ (SE Corner of State Route 303 and Northern Ave.) While closed, the animals will continue to receive the exceptional care they are accustomed to by essential employees. We will provide updates on our website and social media and look forward to continuing to inspire our community to conserve and protect wildlife in wild places as we have done the past 35 years and will welcome everyone back when it is safe to do so. Thank you for your understanding and Support! 

For more info: (623) 935-WILD (9453) or visit Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter @ZooWildlife, and