Wild About Childhood Cancer Awareness at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park!!!!

Wild About Childhood Cancer Awareness at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park!!!!

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park is raising awareness and funds for children with cancer in our community. On Saturday, October 19th, the Zoo is partnering up with Anchored Kings screen Printing, to raise funds for Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children! T-shirts and $5 dollar off coupons will be handed out at the door in exchange for a $20 donation. Coupons can be combined with one other offer and used for all members of your party!

Musician, Lee Perreira, will be playing and accepting donations at Dillon’s KC BBQ from 11-2pm. 100% of the proceeds raised, will provide social, emotional and financial support directly to families managing the health and wellbeing of a loved one with pediatric cancer! Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to support a great cause, while receiving an exclusive Wild About Cancer Awareness T-shirt and discounted admission into the park! 

Later in the month, Wildlife World will be celebrating its 4th Annual Spooktacular Event! Bring the whole family out October 26th & 27th to experience Arizona’s largest exotic animal collection. Kids dressed in costume will receive free candy (while supplies last) and free admission into the park! One child per paid adult admission. Offer not valid with any other offers.

With more than 600 species & 6000 animals on display, there are always new arrivals including an endangered clouded leopard cub on display in Wildlife World’s Baby Animal Nursery!

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 35-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.) We’re open seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays. Zoo exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (last zoo admission is at 5:00 p.m.) Aquarium exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Admission includes access to the zoo, aquarium and safari park. 

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

For more information about Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children or to make a donation, you can visit https://donate.azcancerfoundation.org/wildlifezoo

World Rhino Day

Happy World Rhino Day!

The goal of today is celebrating the rhinos… watch as we celebrate and share with you, our three leading ladies at Wildlife World Zoo! 

Happy National Wildlife Day!

The goal of National Wildlife Day is to focus on endangered species, preservation, and conservation efforts around the world. Zoos, aviaries and marine sanctuaries provide a variety of ways to get involved. 

Over the past twenty years, Wildlife World has supplied in-kind support, staff expertise, and tens of thousands of dollars to local, national, and international organizations such as the International Rhino Foundation dedicated to the survival of the world’s most endangered species. 

“It’s my hope that through education and awareness, we can work together in the fight for the rhino’s survival—to guarantee a viable genetic population and ensure that no more rhino species go extinct. If the persecution of this species continues, we will likely see the rhino go extinct within our lifetime,” – Mickey Ollson, Director & Founder of Wildlife World. 

“It’s immensely rewarding to know that Wildlife World had the resources and capabilities to get these girls out of Africa where they are no longer at risk of being slaughtered by poachers. It feels great to know that all of our hard work paid off and we’ve probably saved their lives.” -Jack Ewart, Wildlife World’s Deputy Director,

In South Africa alone, poachers kill three or more of these iconic creatures per day in order to meet the black market demand for rhino horn, which is believed to be an aphrodisiac in some Asian cultures.

Arizona’s climate lends itself to these magnificent animals and provides the girls with the perfect environment to flourish and thrive, all the while being an ambassador for their species and inspiring people to conserve and protect their wild counterparts.

What can you do? Your voice matters! 
Learn about endangered species and their habitats.

Support agencies like the International Rhino Foundation to help in their efforts to save these beautiful creatures.

Do your part to protect the environment where you live – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! 

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park Announces the Birth of 2 Rare Gibbon Species!!!!

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park announces the birth of two rare gibbon species! Earlier this month, the zoo welcomed both a pileated and a white handed gibbon and the babies are being well taken care of by their mothers! These are significant births for Wildlife World, as well as for animal conservation worldwide, as gibbons are the most endangered primates globally! Between Wildlife World’s three gibbon families, they have welcomed 12 gibbon babies over the past 18 years.

Wildlife World is one of only two zoos, in the country to care for the pileated gibbon. With this being the zoo’s 3rd birth of the species, this brings the total number of these critically endangered primates in the U.S. to fourteen. Wildlife World currently has siamang, white handed, and pileated gibbons on display. This makes their gibbon collection one of the largest and most diverse in the country!

Gibbons are small tailless apes found in the tropical rainforests of southern and Southeast Asia. gibbons are among the fastest of all primates and despite lacking a tail for balance, they can be found walking on their hind legs along branches high above the ground, characteristically raising their arms above their head for balance.

Wildlife World’s keepers and veterinarians have raised dozens of species of wild and endangered animals over the past quarter century. All baby primates are raised by their parents, while select other species are raised in our Baby Animal Nursery.  At Wildlife World, we strive to maximize genetic diversity in the zoological population with our breeding programs.

With more than 600 species and 6000 animals on display, there’s always new arrivals at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park. Other babies on display including a zebra, two bobcats, DeBrazza monkeys, endangered addax & Arabian oryx and other youngsters throughout the 100-acre park.

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 nearly 35-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.) Open seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays. Zoo exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (last zoo admission is at 5:00 p.m.) Aquarium exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Admission includes access to the Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park.

For more info: (623) 935-WILD (9453) or visit us on

Facebook, Instagram and on Twitter @ZooWildlife

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park Announces Recipients of 2019 Annual Animal Care & Conservation Awards!

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park Announces Recipients of 2019 Annual Animal Care & Conservation Awards!

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of its Annual Animal Care & Conservation Awards. Over the past three decades, Wildlife World has contributed tens of thousands of dollars, as well as thousands more as in-kind support and staff expertise to dozens of local, national and international organizations working on habitat restoration and wildlife conservation all over the globe. These financial awards of $1,000 – $10,000 each were created to recognize worthy efforts in field conservation, public display and education and basic research designed to preserve our planet and inspire future generations to care about wildlife and wild places!

In addition to the Conservation Awards, Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park along with the Kimmerle family at Sanderson Ford, presented the leaders of The Peninsular Pronghorn Recovery Program, with a much needed F250 pickup truck. Peninsular pronghorn are critically endangered. Once numbering in the thousands, today approximately 150 survive in the wild! “We are extremely grateful for the decades of support from our guests and friends of the zoo, like the Kimmerle family, which make donations like this possible,” said Ollson.

The recipients include:

-The Peninsular Pronghorn Recovery Program. (www.endesu.org.mx/desarrollo-sustentable/)

-The Marine Mammal Center. (Marinemammalcenter.org)

-Zoological Association of America, Cheetah Conservation Fund. (ZAA.org)

-The International Crane Foundation. (Savingcranes.org)

-Gibbon Conservation Center. (Gibboncenter.org)

-International Rhino Foundation. (Rhinos-irf.org)

-Sahara Conservation Fund. (SaharaConservation.org)

-Turtle Survival Alliance. (turtlesurvival.org)

-Audubon Nature Institute-Tapir Project (https://audubonnatureinstitute.org/conservation)

-Conservation Breeding Specialist Group. (www.cbsg.org

Award Recipient descriptions provided by each organization’s website:

The Peninsular Pronghorn Recovery Program (www.endesu.org.mx/desarrollo-sustentable/) The Peninsular Pronghorn Recovery Program is directed by the NGO Espacios Naturals y Dessarrollo Sustenable and leads the most successful conservation efforts in the recovery of the Peninsular Pronghorn, an endangered terrestrial mammal. Their dedication has managed to reverse the declining trend in the number of individuals of this unique subspecies in the World and lay the foundation for the Sustainable recovery of its original habitat on the Baja California Peninsula. Natural spaces and sustainable development A. C. (ENDESU) was created with the mission of conserving and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources in Mexico, for the value they represent for future generations.

Marine Mammal Center (marinemammalcenter.org) Our mission is to expand knowledge about marine mammals-their health and that of their ocean environment- and to inspire their global conservation. Our core work is the rescue and rehabilitation of sick and injured marine mammals, supported by state-of-the-art animal care and research facilities, a corps of dedicated volunteers, and an engaged community. 

Zoological Association of America, Cheetah Conservation Fund (ZAA.org) Helping to save cheetahs and other endangered species around the world. Together with direct support programs of accredited members, ZAA directs vital conservation dollars to aid in the survival of many keystone species and a number of other threatened or endangered species on all seven continents.

The International Crane Foundation (savingcranes.org) Commits to a future where all crane species are secure – a future where people cooperate to protect and restore wild populations and their ecosystems. These efforts sustain the places where cranes live, to the benefit of countless other species.

The Gibbon Conservation Center (gibboncenter.org) Was founded in 1976 in southern California, USA, by the late Alan Richard Mootnick. It is the only facility in the world devoted exclusively to gibbons, an increasingly rare ape. We work for the endangered gibbons’ benefit through conservation, propagation and study, and by teaching people about them. GCC houses nearly 40 gibbons, among them 5 of the 19-living species.

The International Rhino Foundation (rhinos-irf.org) Is dedicated to the survival of the world’s rhino species through conservation and research. The IRF provides the technical (scientific, educational, administrative) and financial resources necessary to facilitate the conservation of rhinos.

Sahara Conservation Fund (saharaconservation.org) Is a dynamic organization with a unique mission: the conservation of the wildlife of the Sahara and its bordering Sahelian grasslands. Our vision is of a Sahara that is well conserved and where ecological processes function naturally, with plants and animals existing in healthy numbers across their historical range; a Sahara that benefits all its inhabitants and where support for its conservation comes from stakeholders across all sectors of society.

Turtle Survival Alliance (turtlesurvival.org) Saving endangered and threatened turtles and tortoise throughout the world. The Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) is an action-oriented global partnership that is committed to zero turtle extinctions in the 21st century

Audubon Nature Institute-Tapir Project (https://audubonnatureinstitute.org/conservation) Audubon Nature Institute, everything we do comes back to conservation. We want to instill in our visitors an appreciation for the natural world so that together, we can make a difference for the world’s wildlife. We want to pioneer innovative partnerships that make our efforts stronger. We will measure our success by the number of species whose numbers are increasing rather than declining.

Conservation Breeding Specialist Group. (www.cbsg.org) CPSG’s mission is to save threatened species by increasing the effectiveness of conservation efforts worldwide. For over 30 years, we’ve accomplished this by using scientifically sound, collaborative processes that bring together people with diverse perspectives and knowledge to catalyze positive conservation change. We provide species conservation planning expertise to governments, Specialist Groups, zoos and aquariums, and other wildlife organizations.

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 nearly 35-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.) Open seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays. Zoo exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (last zoo admission is at 4:30 p.m.) Aquarium exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Admission includes access to the Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park.

For more info: (623) 935-WILD (9453) Visit Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter @ZooWildlife, and www.WildlifeWorld.com

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park Announces the Birth of the First Female Sea Lion Pup at the Shipwreck Cove Exhibit!

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park is excited to announce the birth of the first female sea lion pup at Shipwreck Cove! The newborn’s animal care team named the baby Makara, which means “little sea creature” in Hindi. With her mom by her side, Makara is quite the adventurer and is exploring everything in her new world. “She has already earned a special place in all of our hearts and we are beyond thrilled for the public to get to know this amazing pup,” says Kate Conely, Sea Lion Manager at Wildlife World. Makara is the 3rd pup to be born as a result of Wildlife World’s successful sea lion breading program! 

Makara, or “Little Mak”, nicknamed by her trainers, has spent much of her time in the zoo’s off exhibit pup nursery getting acclimated to water and preparing to begin swim lessons. The art of swimming is not a skill that sea lions are born with. After lots of water play using kiddie pools, the youngster is ready to graduate to swim lessons in the large public viewing pools. Markara’s lessons will start in the shallows, until she gains the confidence needed to venture into the deeper waters. Trainers will remain in the water to support and encourage the baby, until they are assured the pup knows how to navigate through the water and enter/exit the pools safely. After swim lessons are complete, the sea lion’s care team will begin introductions to the rest of the sea lion family, including her older brother Sunny, who was the first marine mammal born in the state of Arizona!

Like all marine mammals, sea lions are protected by the landmark legislation known as the Marine Mammal Protection Act (“MMPA”), first passed in 1972. The MMPA makes it illegal to hunt or harass any marine mammal species found in U.S. waters. Sea Lions, like many marine animals, face an uncertain future due to ocean pollution, dwindling fish stock, and competition with human activities.

Wildlife World’s expert sea lion care team is committed to providing the best care to their animals and engaging, informative, and fun educational experiences for visitors of all ages at Shipwreck Cove! In addition, guests get the opportunity to feed the sea lions and participate in photo opportunities after their scheduled feeding times and shows. With an outdoor exhibit pool, public seating, and a viewing area for the sea lions, there is plenty of opportunity for guests to come out and see Makara explore her new surroundings on land and in the water!

With more than 600 species & 6000 animals on display, there are always new arrivals at Wildlife World! Other babies on display include a baby jaguar, colobus monkey, baboon & several hoofed animal species, including a giraffe & wildebeests and other youngsters throughout the 100-acre park.

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 35-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.) Open seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays. Zoo exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (last zoo admission is at 5:00 p.m.) Aquarium exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Admission includes access to the Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park.

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

 www.WildlifeWorld.com

Find out more about what you can do to help support sea lion conservation efforts:

Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks & Aquariums: http://www.ammpa.org/

International Marine Animal Trainers’ Association: https://www.imata.org/

National Marine Mammal Foundation: https://www.nmmf.org

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park Celebrates World Giraffe Day with a Long-Awaited Birth Of A Reticulated Giraffe!!!

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park Celebrates World Giraffe Day With A Long-Awaited Birth of a Reticulated Giraffe!!!

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park celebrates World Giraffe Day, June 21st, by welcoming a newborn reticulated giraffe to the family! Jarabi, already standing 6 feet tall, made his debut into the world earlier this month! The playful newborn can now be seen on exhibit exploring and bonding with mom!

Female giraffes have a gestation of up to fifteen months, one of the longest gestations in the animal kingdom. In a statement made by Wildlife World’s Deputy Director, Jack Ewert, “the calf is thriving under the close watch of his attentive mother. Over the next few weeks, keepers will continue to introduce mother and baby to the rest of the herd.”

At Wildlife World’s 12-foot tall giraffe feeding station, visitors have a unique opportunity to feed and come face-to-face with the giraffes and see the newest addition to the giraffe herd. Using their 18-inch tongue and prehensile lips, these gentle giant’s will eat a mouthful of pellets right out of your hand for a one of a kind experience!

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. In 2016, the species was 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 10 giraffes’ in the last 17 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 is similar to the savannas throughout Africa.

With more than 600 species & 6000 animals on display, there are always new arrivals at Wildlife World! Other babies on display include a baby jaguar, colobus monkey & several hoofed animal species, including a wildebeests and other youngsters throughout the 100-acre park.

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 nearly 35-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.) Open seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays. Zoo exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (last zoo admission is at 5:00 p.m.) Aquarium exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Admission includes access to the Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park.

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

In Honor of Father’s Day, Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park Announces that Crockette, the Sea Lion will be a Father for a 3rd Time!

In Honor of Father’s Day, Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park Announces that Crockette, the Sea Lion will be a Father for a 3rd Time!

In Honor of Father’s Day, Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park Announces that Crockette, the Sea Lion will be a Father for a 3rd Time! This will be a significant birth for Wildlife World, as well as for marine mammal enthusiasts and conservationists alike. The pup will be the 2nd baby born to mother, Paris and 3rd baby born to father, Crockette.Sea Lions are highly intelligent animals. They are known for their ability to learn complex, voluntary husbandry and medical behaviors through operant conditioning principles and positive reinforcement. In fact, Paris was already voluntarily participating in maternal husbandry behaviors, such as ultrasounds, long before the pup was conceived. By participating in her own health care, the animal care team, including 2 veterinarians, a veterinary technician and 3 specialists, is able to better monitor Paris and her unborn baby’s health. This ensures the birth of a healthy pup, while maintaining the health, comfort, and well-being of mom.Wildlife World’s exhibit was carefully designed for the success of a sea lion breeding program, in an effort to maximize genetic diversity within the zoological population. With approximately one-hundred and fifty thousand gallons of man-made salt water for the sea lions, the expanding sea lion family will have plenty of room to raise the new pup. The spacious outdoor exhibit allows visitors to attend public educational demonstrations featuring these acrobatic animals twice a day. In addition, guests get the opportunities after their scheduled feeding times and shows.Wildlife World’s expert sea lion care team is committed to providing the best care to their animals and engaging, informative, and fun educational experiences for visitors of all ages! In fact, each year Wildlife World offers savings for parents and schools, enabling eighty thousand students the opportunity to discover and learn about more than 600 species of birds, fish, mammals, and reptiles.Like all marine mammals, sea lions are protected by the landmark legislation known as the Marine Mammal Protection Act (“MMPA”), first passed in 1972. The MMPA makes it illegal to hunt or harass any marine mammal species found in U.S. waters. Sea Lions, like many marine animals, face an uncertain future due to ocean pollution, dwindling fish stock, and competition with human activities.The energetic sea lions are seen daily at “Shipwreck Cove,” a pirate ship display with upper deck and underwater viewing. With an outdoor exhibit pool, public seating, and several viewing areas, there is plenty of opportunity for guests to get an up close and personal encounter with the sea lions!With more than 600 species & 6000 animals on display, there are always new arrivals at Wildlife World! Other babies on display include a baby jaguar, colobus monkey & several hoofed animal species, including a wildebeests and other youngsters throughout the 100-acre park.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 nearly 35-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.) Open seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays. Zoo exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (last zoo admission is at 5:00 p.m.) Aquarium exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Admission includes access to the Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park.
For more info: (623) 935-WILD (9453) or visit us on Facebook, Instagram, on Twitter @ZooWildlife, andwww.WildlifeWorld.com.Find out more about what you can do to help support sea lion conservation efforts: Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks & Aquariums:http://www.ammpa.org/International Marine Animal Trainers’ Association: https://www.imata.org/National Marine Mammal Foundation: https://www.nmmf.org
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Sara, The Endangered Jaguar, Gives Birth to a Baby Cub

After making International headlines, Sara the jaguar is back in the spotlight! Sara gave birth to a healthy cub earlier this month. Wildlife World’s newest member shares in Sara’s same beautiful black melanistic coloration. 

When Sara first made headlines, she was into her second trimester. Thereafter, Wildlife World’s animal care team decided to move Sara off exhibit, where her and her unborn cub’s health, comfort, and well-being could be better monitored by staff. Sara’s cub is receiving around-the-clock care by the experienced Wildlife World hand raising team and veterinarians. The youngster enjoys bottles of formula several times a day and over the next few weeks, she will begin the transition to include meat in her diet.

Sara will continue to spend 15 hours a day in her two-story habitat at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park and will return to full time, once modifications are complete. The exhibit’s climbing wall, perches, waterfall, pool and foliage were constructed specifically to duplicate the natural habitat for jaguars. The exhibit features an enclosed ledge that allows the cats to climb up and over zoo visitors, giving guests and animals a truly unique view of each other. This unique design has now become very popular in zoos over the past decade but was first featured at Wildlife World in 1985.

The jaguar species has an extensive range throughout Central and South America and were once found throughout the southwest, including Arizona. Male jaguars can reach up to about 200lbs and are known to have the strongest bite of any feline species. Their stocky build allows them to climb with ease in their preferred rainforest habitat to stalk and ambush prey. While most jaguars are yellow with black spots, a sizable fraction of the population is black with black spots (melanistic).

Similar to many large predators across the globe, jaguars face an uncertain future due to poaching and deforestation resulting in habitat loss and fragmentation. Many are killed as a result of increasing human-animal conflicts over space and resources.

Wildlife World’s keepers and veterinarians have raised dozens of species of wild and endangered animals over the past 34 years, ensuring maximized genetic diversity in the zoological population with their breeding programs. With more than 600 species and 6000 animals on display, there’s always new arrivals at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park. Other babies on display include warthogs, black-backed jackals, colobus monkey, spider monkey, young capybara & several hoofed animal species like baby goats in the petting zoo and other youngsters throughout the 100-acre park. Last month, Wildlife World was honored to be named “the Best Zoo in Arizona” by Reader’s Digest Magazine. 

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 35-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.) Open seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays. Zoo exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (last zoo admission is at 4:30 p.m.) Aquarium exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Admission includes access to the Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park.

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

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