Free Child Admission in Support of Children in the #RedForEd Campaign!

Free Child Admission to Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park in Support of Children in the #RedForEd Campaign!

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park is excited to announce, they will be offering FREE CHILD admission both Thursday 4/26 & Friday 4/27, to support students in the #RedForEd school closings.  Wildlife World will admit 1 school age child for free with every adult admission.  Offer not valid with any other discounts or discounted group prices.
 
Each year Wildlife World, offers savings for parents and schools, enabling over eighty thousand students the opportunity to discover and learn about more than 600 species of birds, fish, mammals, and reptiles.  With many local schools likely being closed, Wildlife World provides a place, where students can come and learn about wildlife and wild places!   “Being a former teacher for 19 years, educating future generations is not only my passion, but the basis of which, Wildlife World is built upon,” says Mickey Ollson, Director & Founder of Wildlife World.
With more than 6000 animals on display, there are always new arrivals at Wildlife World! Other babies on display include Austin, the reticulated giraffe, Arizona’s first marine mammal, Sunny the Sea Lion, 2 mountain lion cubs,black-necked swans, javelina, wallaby, several hoofed animal species, including llamas, gazelle, African blue duikers, and oryx, a variety of primate species, and other youngsters throughout the 100-acre park.
Wildlife World’s keepers and veterinarians have raised dozens of species of wild and endangered animals over the past quarter century and strive 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.) 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.

Wildlife World Zoo’s SPOOKTACULAR

Wildlife World Zoo's SPOOKTACULAR

Join Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park in our first Annual Spooktacular!

 

Calling all Witches, Goblins, and Ghouls to join Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park for its first ever annual Spooktacular event!

Bring the whole family out on October 29th and 30th to experience Arizona’s largest exotic animal collection. Kids dressed in costume will receive free admission into the park, and upon exiting the park, kids in costume will also receive a free candy bag! One child per paid adult admission. Offer not valid with any other offers.

With encounter shows, animal feedings, zoo rides, and strolling characters, this frightfully fun weekend is a treat for the whole family.

Spooktacular includes activities and experiences for all ages to enjoy. With the cool weather upon us and baby lion cubs, a white tiger cub, and a leopard cub inside our baby animal nursery this is a perfect time to visit the park.

So dress your little ghosts and goblins in their costumes for everyone’s favorite Halloween event!

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 32-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 9:00 p.m. Daytime admission includes access to the zoo, aquarium and safari park.  Special reduced evening admission to Aquarium-Only is available after 5:00 p.m.

 

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

 

 

Safari Camp 2016 Kid Pics

SAFARI CAMP 2016!

Our Safari Camp was unlike any other camp, that gave the children an opportunity to gain hands on experience with exotic animals. With Arizona’s largest exotic animal collection, Aquarium & Safari Park, Safari Camp, kids had the chance to explore their passion and had an unforgettable summer!

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 9:00 p.m. Daytime admission includes access to the zoo, aquarium and safari park. Special reduced evening admission to Aquarium-Only is available after 5:00 p.m.

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

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Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park Announces Recipients of 2016 Annual Animal Care & Conservation Awards

SMALL WWZ LOGOContact:

Kristy Morcom
Director of Media Relations
(602) 321- 5478

Mickey Ollson
Director
(602) 290-8237

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 6, 2016
Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park Announces Recipients of 2016
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 two 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 – $2,000 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 several organizations whose work has long been supported by Wildlife World, this year’s announcement includes, Turtle Survival Alliance, a deserving first time conservation award recipient,” comments zoo founder and director, Mickey Ollson.

The recipients include:

-The Cheetah Conservation Fund. (Cheetah.org)
-The Marine Mammal Center. (Marinemammalcenter.org)
-Zoological Association of America Wildlife Conservation Fund (ZAA.org)
-The International Crane Foundation. (Savingcranes.org)
-Zoo Conservation Outreach Group. (ZCOG.org)
-Gibbon Conservation Center. (Gibboncenter.org)
-International Rhino Foundation. (Rhinos-irf.org)
-Sahara Conservation Fund. (SaharaConservation.org)
-The Association of Zoo & Aquarium’s Conservation Endowment Fund. (AZA.org)
-Turtle Survival Alliance. (turtlesurvival.org)

“Historically, award winners have had a significant connection to species and ecosystems that are integral to our vast collection such as endangered primates, rhinoceros, tigers, cranes, and African antelope,” said Wildlife World’s Deputy Director, Jack Ewert.

As a USDA licensed, private institution, Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park receives zero taxpayer funding. No tax dollars have ever been spent to build or operate Wildlife World. “We are extremely grateful for over three decades of support from the hundreds of thousands of visitors to Wildlife World each year. Our guests have made our growth and these animal care and conservation awards possible,” said Ollson

Award Recipient descriptions provided by each organization’s website:

Cheetah Conservation Fund (cheetah.org)
Its mission is to be the internationally recognized center of excellence in the conservation of cheetahs and their ecosystems. CCF will work with all stakeholders to develop best practices in research, education, and land use to benefit all species, including people.

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 Wildlife Conservation Fund (ZAA.org)
ZAA promotes responsible ownership, management, conservation, and propagation of animals in both privately funded and publicly funded facilities through professional standards in husbandry, animal care, safety and ethics, in addition to, helping to save endangered species around the world.

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 Zoo Conservation Outreach Group. (ZCOG.org)
Founded in 1988, Zoo Conservation Outreach Group is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit coalition of zoos, aquariums, and related partners dedicated to promoting wildlife and habitat conservation throughout the Americas. The group accomplishes its core mission by developing conservation leadership capacity in Latin American zoological institutions and providing direct technical, material, and financial support to collaborative, zoo and aquarium-based conservation programs.

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.

The AZA Conservation Endowment Fund (aza.org/cef)
Established in 1984, supports the cooperative conservation-related scientific and educational initiatives of AZA and AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and their collaborators. Since 1991, the CEF has provided more than $5 million to over 300 projects worldwide.

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

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 32-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 9:00 p.m. Daytime admission includes access to the zoo, aquarium and safari park. Special reduced evening admission to Aquarium-Only is available after 5:00 p.m.
Pair of cheetahs at Wildlife World

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

 

The First Bison Born at Wildlife World Zoo

Baby Bison

Female Baby BisonWe welcomed a female baby bison on April 20th, 2016. Mother and baby are doing well, happy and healthy.

 

Follow us @Wildlife World Zoo on Facebook and help us choose names for these adorable lion cubs with a chance of winning zoo passes or year memberships!

Visitors will also enjoy access to the all new 15-acre expansion called Adventureland, included with general admission. Guests will be greeted by a large black bear exhibit at the entrance to Adventureland. From there they will encounter dozens of new species from North, Central, and South America.

Adventureland at Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium continues the tradition of incorporating ride attractions with animals on display that began when the first African Safari Train experience took visitors through pastures filled with African gazelles, antelope, and birds more than 20 years ago. The list of new ride attractions includes the classic flying scooters, a two seater zip line, a family roller coaster, and Vertigo: a 100-foot tall soaring swing ride, with unparalleled views as one of the tallest structures in the West Valley. Adventureland also features a new dining option called Zooberto’s with a Mexican themed menu.

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 32 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 9:00 p.m. Daytime admission includes access to the zoo, aquarium and safari park. Special reduced evening admission to Aquarium-Only is available after 5:00 p.m.

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

(photo credit: on left Brittney Powers & on right Lee Magenheim )

Our Lion and Lioness Cub

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The “Cubs” are in Town
at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park

Warmer temperatures signal the onset of Spring Training in the Valley and mark the unofficial start of baby animal season at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium, and Safari Park. Leading the list of new arrivals is a pair of endangered African Lion cubs. The brother-sister pair are now on display in the popular Baby Animal Nursery along with a baby Brazilian tapir and a Patagonian Cavy. Other new births to date include a pair of zebras and endangered antelopes such as addax and Arabian oryx.

Follow us @Wildlife World Zoo on Facebook and help us choose names for these adorable lion cubs with a chance of winning zoo passes or year memberships!

Visitors will also enjoy access to the all new 15-acre expansion called Adventureland, included with general admission. Guests will be greeted by a large black bear exhibit at the entrance to Adventureland. From there they will encounter dozens of new species from North, Central, and South America.

Adventureland at Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium continues the tradition of incorporating ride attractions with animals on display that began when the first African Safari Train experience took visitors through pastures filled with African gazelles, antelope, and birds more than 20 years ago. The list of new ride attractions includes the classic flying scooters, a two seater zip line, a family roller coaster, and Vertigo: a 100-foot tall soaring swing ride, with unparalleled views as one of the tallest structures in the West Valley. Adventureland also features a new dining option called Zooberto’s with a Mexican themed menu.

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 32 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 9:00 p.m. Daytime admission includes access to the zoo, aquarium and safari park. Special reduced evening admission to Aquarium-Only is available after 5:00 p.m.

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

(photo credit: Brittney Powers)

It’s the Purrfect Time in the Baby Animal Nursery

bobcatThe current lineup at the baby animal nursery at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park has never looked the same with three different feline species on display. In addition to the African lion cub named Solomon who visitors have come to know this summer, an unrelated male and female pair of mountain lions and a baby bobcat now call Wildlife World home. The latter two species will be featured among dozens of others in the upcoming expansion called “Adventure Land,” currently under construction along State Route 303. The bobcat and mountain lions are the first of their kind to be on permanent display at Wildlife World. Their arrival, along with several varieties of foxes, skunks and other natives species earlier this year, marks a new direction in collection planning that is focused on adding North, Central and South American species. Other new species to be added include bison, llamas, black bears and a host of mammals, birds and reptiles.

The entire project, including an all new Mexican restaurant, is scheduled to open by early January 2016 and includes four new ride attractions: a family coaster, a 100-ft tall zip line, a flying scooter ride and a 100-ft tall swing ride.  As with previous ride attractions at Wildlife World, animals remain the focal point. For example, as the swing ride ascends to the top, riders will briefly hover on level with the tree tops, creating unique views of nearby habitats featuring acrobatic spider monkeys known for their climbing skills and prehensile tails. The new zip line zooms passengers over and between a variety of animal habitats.

Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium is located at the corner of Northern and Sarival avenues, ½ mile east of State Route 303. 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.

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park is located at 16501 W. Northern Ave., Litchfield Park, AZ. 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 9:00 p.m. Daytime admission includes access to the zoo and aquarium.  Special reduced evening admission to Aquarium-Only is available after 5:00 p.m.

Final Recipients of 2015 Animal Care & Conservation Awards Announced

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park is pleased to announce this year’s final list of recipients of its annual animal care & conservation awards. Over the past two 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 – 2,000 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.

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Crockett the sea lion

Some of the awards will assist efforts to rescue and rehabilitate wild animals such as the record numbers of sea lions that have stranded over the past few years along the California coastline. In response to even higher levels of strandings since early January, Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park has elected to double the award amount for The Marine Mammal Center (MMC) (marinemammalcenter.org) in Sausalito, Calif. The MMC is one of the largest marine mammal rescue, rehabilitation and return organizations authorized by the federal government to respond to stranding crises like the one unfolding this year.

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park is accredited by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks & Aquariums (AMMPA.org) and the Zoological Association of America (ZAA.org).

Other recipients include:

The Cheetah Conservation Fund. (Cheetah.org)
Zoological Association of America Wildlife Conservation Fund (ZAA.org)
Award designated to be shared by Zambian Carnivore Programme, (zambiacarnivores.org) and Niassa Lion Project. (niassalion.org).
The International Crane Foundation. (Savingcranes.org)
Zoo Conservation Outreach Group. (ZCOG.org)
Gibbon Conservation Center. (Gibboncenter.org)
International Rhino Foundation. (Rhinos-irf.org)
Sahara Conservation Fund. (SaharaConservation.org)
The Association of Zoo & Aquarium’s Conservation Endowment Fund. (AZA.org)

Historically, award winners have had a significant connection to species and ecosystems that are integral to our vast collection such as rhinoceros, cranes, gibbons and African antelope. As Wildlife World continues to grow and unveil additional species, like Arizona’s only sea lions, the conservation focus of future recipients will also expand.

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White rhino at Wildlife World Zoo

As a USDA licensed, private institution, Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park receives zero taxpayer funding. No tax dollars have ever been spent to build or operate Wildlife World. We are extremely grateful for the three decades of support from the hundreds of thousands of visitors to Wildlife World each year. Our guests have made our growth and these animal care and conservation awards possible.

Award Recipient descriptions provided by each organization’s website:

Cheetah Conservation Fund (cheetah.org)

Its mission is to be the internationally recognized centre of excellence in the conservation of cheetahs and their ecosystems. CCF will work with all stakeholders to develop best practices in research, education, and land use to benefit all species, including people.

Zambia Carnivore Programme (zambiacarnivores.org).

The Zambian Carnivore Project is a non-profit wildlife conservation organization dedicated to conserving large carnivores (lions, leopards, cheetah, African wild dogs, hyena), their prey and the ecosystems they reside in. We are 100% field based, working out of three basic research camps across the country.

Niassa Lion Project (niassalion.org).

Our mission is to conserve lions and other large carnivores (leopard, spotted hyena and African wild dog) in the vast Niassa National Reserve in northern Mozambique in collaboration with the Mozambican Government and local communities. Our long-term vision is a unique protected area where lions and other carnivores continue to thrive with the full participation and support of Niassa’s people.

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 Zoo Conservation Outreach Group. (ZCOG.org) Founded in 1988, Zoo Conservation Outreach Group is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit coalition of zoos, aquariums, and related partners dedicated to promoting wildlife and habitat conservation throughout the Americas. The group accomplishes its core mission by developing conservation leadership capacity in Latin American zoological institutions and providing direct technical, material, and financial support to collaborative, zoo and aquarium-based conservation programs.

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.

The AZA Conservation Endowment Fund (aza.org/cef) established in 1984, supports the cooperative conservation-related scientific and educational initiatives of AZA and AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and their collaborators. Since 1991, the CEF has provided more than $5 million to over 300 projects worldwide.

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park is located at 16501 W. Northern Ave., Litchfield Park, AZ. 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 9:00 p.m. Daytime admission includes access to the zoo and aquarium. Special reduced evening admission to Aquarium-only is available after 5:00 p.m.

For more info: (623) 935-WILD (9453) or visit www.WildlifeWorld.com.

Endangered penguin chicks and other baby animals now on display

Nothing says summer like endangered penguin chicks and other baby animals at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park

It has been more than a decade since Arizona’s only penguins successfully reared a chick. Currently, a young adult pair is raising not one but two! The aquarium at Wildlife World has been home to endangered black-footed penguins for many years; however, until recently most of the one dozen adults on display were too young and inexperienced for parenthood. All that has changed with the hatching of two chicks a few weeks ago. Like many other species of birds, penguins usually stagger the laying of (two) eggs over several days to better ensure at least one chick survives.

Thus far, both chicks, about a week apart in age and noticeably different in size, are being well cared for and fed by both parents. To mbaby penguinonitor their progress, several times a week, aquarists weigh and examine the chicks to ensure both are growing and getting enough nutrition. Black-footed penguins are found on the south and south western coasts of Africa. They are also referred to as African or jackass penguins due to their unique call that sounds similar to a donkey bray.

“To have these inexperienced parents properly for both chicks is very exciting for our aquarium team and it bodes well for the future of penguins here in the desert,” comments Jeff Beals, aquarium curator. In the wild, if the oldest chick thrives, the younger chick often does not, given its size disadvantage at feeding time. The biggest threats to wild penguin populations are declining food supplies, predation from land animals, pollution such as from oil spills, and coastal habitat destruction affecting their nest sites.

Penguins are not the only new arrivals to Wildlife World. A baby striped hyena is on display at the baby animal nursery.  Striped hyenas are quite different from the spotted hyena species already on display at the Wildlife World Safari Park. Striped hyenas arstriped hyena, baby, feedinge smaller and tend to live in small groups with just their mate. Their species was once widely found throughout northern Africa, the Middle East and parts of Asia. Like other species of hyena, the striped hyena has been feared and severely hunted leaving only isolated populations across their former range.

Other baby animals include warthogs, gazelles, monkeys and many others throughout the 80-acre grounds.

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park is at the corner of Northern and Sarival avenues, ½ mile east of State Route 303. 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 receives zero taxpayer funding. No tax dollars have ever been spent to build or operate Wildlife World.  A new 15-acre expansion is set to open late this year featuring several rides such as a family roller coaster, zip line, 100-foot tall swing, and several new species from north and south America such as bears, mountain lions, bison and more.

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park is located at 16501 W. Northern Ave., Litchfield Park, AZ. 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 9:00 p.m. Daytime admission includes access to the zoo and aquarium. Special reduced evening admission to Aquarium-Only is available after 5:00 p.m.

Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium’s New Safari Park Expansion Unveils Baboons, Jackals and rare White Lion

Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium continues its 30th anniversary celebration with the addition of several new species at its recently launched 15-acre Safari Park expansion. The new species include olive baboons, jackals and the Southwest’s only white African lion.

Visitors will have the opportunity to see the young female white lion exploring the Safari Park’s spacious new lion habitat each day from approximately 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Zookeepers will spend the next year or more introducing the youngster to the park’s older lion pair with whom she shares the exhibit. White lions are not albino but a rare color variation. Unfortunately, African lions have experienced a catastrophic decline in population numbers over the past quarter century. The once plentiful iconic African species and “king of the jungle” may soon go extinct if wild population declines due to habitat and prey loss, human conflict and overpopulation are not reversed.

Also making their debut are a trio of Olive baboons. With a range that extends across a large swath of Sub Sahara Africa, baboons are one of the most versatile and successful species of Old World monkeys. They can be found in all types of habitats from dry grasslands to rain forests. Almost dog-like in appearance with a longer snout and preference for walking on all fours, Olive baboons can grow quite large with some males reaching as much as 100lbs. Mature females can be distinguished by their prominent and reddish colored bare hindquarters. Despite an extensive primate collection of about two dozen varieties, these are the first baboons in Wildlife World’s 30 year history.

Rounding out the latest additions is a pair of African Jackals. Like the Southwest’s coyotes, these canine cousins survive by hunting a variety of small animals and foraging on plant matter. Jackals are small predators with slender legs and large ears for cooling and are often found in arid grasslands.

The Safari Park increases Wildlife World’s developed area to about 80 acres and includes another dining option for zoo visitors at the Safari Grill. Visitors will appreciate dozens of shaded viewing locations that provide guests with multiple panoramic views of some of Africa’s most recognizable species including several varieties of antelopes, wildebeest, ostriches, and more. Visitors can walk around the safari park as well as take an optional tram ride (for an additional fee) through a half dozen animal exhibits. Entrance to the Safari Park, located by the zoo’s popular giraffe feeding station, is included with general admission.

As a 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 receives zero taxpayer funding. No tax dollars have ever been spent to build or operate Wildlife World.

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 9:00 p.m. Daytime admission includes access to the zoo and aquarium. Special reduced evening admission to Aquarium-Only is available after 5:00 p.m.

For more info: (623) 935-WILD (9453) or visit us on facebook and www.WildlifeWorld.com.