Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park’s GRAND Reopening set for September 3rd, 2020, Just in Time for Labor Day Weekend!!

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park announces they will be reopening September 3rd, 2020, just in time for Labor Day Weekend! Officials from the family friendly institution have announced their reopening plans to welcome visitors back to the park, after being closed over 5 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Kristy Morcom, Director of Media Relations, “This has been an unprecedented time in the zoo’s history, as both the closure and the challenges caused by the economic downturn and pandemic, impacted our ability to serve the community”. With the Grand Reopening, there will be several safety measures and operational changes at the Zoo, including required masks for staff and visitors, informative signage throughout the zoo encouraging safety/social distancing, social distance ride seating, along with complete ride sanitation after every rider and dozens of sanitizing stations installed throughout the 100-acres. “We are grateful for the continued support from the public, even while our gates have been closed. It brings me much joy, that the time has come that we can responsibly reopen and provide our guests with a safe environment to bring their loved ones”, says Director Mickey Ollson. The Sky Ride, African Tram, Safari Train, all Indoor Exhibits, the Petting Zoo, the Giraffe Feeding Station & Stingray Touch Tank will be open. Wildlife World’s standards are subject to change based on recommendations from the state and municipal public health officials. The first 100 visitors to come through the doors on Opening Day will receive a FREE DONUT and free donut coupons will be available thereafter, while supplies last, compliments of Alien Donuts!What’s NEW at Wildlife World?When the park closed due to Covid, the long-awaited, 5-acre expansion had only been open for a couple of weeks! With the reopening, visitors will be able to come face to face with the 2 Endangered Pygmy Hippos, as well as several other new species including Grevy’s Zebras, Nilgai, Onagers, Caracals, Clouded Leopards & many more!For the first time in the State’s history, Pygmy Hippos now call Arizona home. Sadly, the Pygmy Hippo is now Endangered, with recent population estimates indicating there may be fewer than 3,000 pygmy hippos left in the wild. Hippos are threatened by habitat loss due to logging and human settlement. Although conservation initiatives are ongoing, without more information on the species’ status and a coordinated conservation strategy, the Pygmy Hippo may disappear from the wild entirely. Fortunately, Arizona’s climate lends itself to these magnificent animals and provides the young hippos with a perfect environment to flourish and thrive, all the while being an ambassador for their species and inspiring people to conserve and protect these magnificent animals.The new addition includes dozens of new exhibits tailored to the natural habitats and needs of each species, incorporating pastures, ponds, islands and water features. Other new species making their debut include Nilgai Antelope, Sarus Cranes and many more rare and endangered African bird & hoof stock species, with plans to continue to expand the collection. The 5-acre addition will bring the total size of Safari Park to nearly 30 acres!Guests will also notice lots of areas that have been completely remodeled, including several aviaries and primate exhibits. In addition, construction on the park’s New Tiger Oasis is in full swing and expected to be completed in 2021. The new exhibits will feature naturalistic climbing walls, perches, climate-controlled housing, overhead tunnels that lead to additional playing grounds, waterfalls and pools suitable for the largest variety of feline found in the World! The enclosed tunnel will allow the cats to climb up and over zoo visitors, giving guests and tigers a truly unique view of each other. For the past 35 years Wildlife World has constantly remodeled and renovated existing exhibits, while continuing to build out new exhibits and areas to give its guests a unique opportunity that gets up close and personal with wildlife. Given the outstanding track record focused on commitment to superior animal care and innovative exhibit design, the new additions and renovations are certain to deliver and exceed all expectations!With over 6000 animals, there are always new arrivals at Wildlife World! Some of the park’s newest additions on display include a young giraffe, penguin chick, young lemur, colobus monkey, spider monkeys, olive baboon, capybara & several hoofed animal species, including a kudu, a baby zebra, baby goats and other youngsters throughout the 100-acre park.Wildlife World’s HistoryMickey Ollson opened Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park over 35 years ago, but he was only a child when he subconsciously made plans for it. Nearly 69 years ago. Ollson was a little boy then, just about 10 years old, and he was just realizing a dream. “I had chickenpox or the measles, so I couldn’t go to school for a couple weeks,” said Ollson. Ollson, remembers that fateful afternoon vividly. To pass the time, he drew a map. That map became the key to Ollson’s entire future. “I thought about it, this is where I am going to have animals someday,” said Ollson. Ollson graduated from ASU and became a teacher, but his love for animals grew. He was raising exotic birds for other zoos and other collections, and in the early 80’s, with the growth of the west side of Phoenix, he decided that’s where he would open the zoo. Wildlife World opened to the public in 1984 and he is now, the owner of one of the largest private zoos in the nation.The Zoo had been open a few years when Ollson was reminded of the map. The original was laminated by his mother, and it was found in her belongings after she passed away. Still on site every day, Ollson spends time checking in with all the keepers and all the animals, proud of all that’s been accomplished. Jack Ewert, the Deputy Director started working at the zoo as a sophomore in high school. For 35+ years, Ollson has been a boss, a friend, and an inspiration. “To me, he is a testament to what somebody can accomplish if they dedicate their entire life to something, and his entire life is dedicated to the zoo,” said Ewert. Never in his wildest dreams did Ollson think his childhood vision would become reality, and that the tiny little map would grow into a 100-acre zoo that houses 6,000 animals! If he knew then what he knows now, Ollson still wouldn’t change a thing, because, he says, “It all came together just like it’s supposed to”.General InformationWildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park has Arizona’s largest collection of exotic and endangered animals, with more than 600 separate species, 6000 animals, 10 rides, a petting zoo and several daily shows! Be sure to come to Wildlife World with an appetite! Dillon’s KC BBQ allows you to dine with the sharks! You’ll be eating beside a beautiful 60,000-gallon shark tank or enjoying a vibrant flamingo exhibit on the patio. Visitors can discover the wonders of life in the water with the four-building aquarium, filled with hundreds of fish, amphibians, invertebrates, reptiles, a stingray feeding/touch tank and California sea lions at Shipwreck Cove! In the zoo, the young animals on display in the Baby Animal Nursery changes from week to week and month to month. Guests get up close to nature and wildlife at the Kids’ Petting Zoo, where children get the opportunity to meet and feed axis deer, baby goats, chickens, and more. The giraffe feeding station gives visitors the chance to feed the world’s tallest land mammal face-to-face from a 12-foot platform. Stop by a show and learn about unique wildlife as they demonstrate natural behaviors like foraging and free flight. Learn from knowledgeable professionals who love animals and are passionate about educating people about some of the world’s most majestic and exotic species. See small monkeys, sloths, foxes, bats, and many more in nearly a dozen air-conditioned exhibit buildings displaying some of the world’s most beautiful and fascinating creatures. Dragon World features large acrylic panels including some with underwater viewing to provide visitors with an up-close look at slithering snakes, rare iguanas, and crocodilians galore! It’s also home to a giant saltwater crocodile! Wildlife World is home to all the big cats in the wild kingdom, as well as some smaller ones too! You can visit cheetahs, jaguars (spotted and black), leopards, lions, tigers, white tigers, mountain lions, clouded leopards, caracals, servals, bobcats and ocelots! Adventure land is 15 acres of North, Central and South American animals including; Buffalo, Bears, Monkeys, and many other animals in many outdoor and three indoor exhibit buildings. The 30-acre Safari Park includes the new Pygmy hippo habitat. Visitors can walk around the safari park and take
an optional tram ride through several animal exhibits. Visitors can come face to face with the 3 White Rhinos at Wildlife World’s state of the art Rhino facility and many more rare and endangered African bird, primate & hoofstock species. Wildlife World Zoo was the first zoo in the world to create a lory feeding exhibit. Meet tropical birds from the South Pacific as they land on your arm to nibble on apple slices. Enjoy incredible entertainment on the Safari Train Ride, Australian Boat Ride, Kids Carousel, Wildlife Sky Ride, Safari Tram Ride, Log Flume Ride, 100-foot-high Vertigo Swing Ride, exciting Roller Coaster, breathtaking Soaring Eagle Zip Line and a beautiful Flying Scooter. Starting September 3rd, the Sky Ride, Tram and Train will be open, with the rest of the rides planning to reopen as social distancing guidelines provide it’s safe to do so. With so many animals to visit, you can plan to spend a full day there! Wildlife World Zoo offers free animal shows, feeding stations and the opportunity to get up close and personal with some amazing animals.
Clouded Leopard Cub
Spider Monkey Baby
Pygmy Hippos
Capybara Babies
Grevy’s Zebra Baby
FREE Donuts to the first 100 visitors on opening day! Compliments of Alien Donuts
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 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.) While the park was closed, the animals continue to receive the exceptional care they are accustomed to by essential employees. Wildlife World looks forward to continuing to inspire the community to conserve and protect wildlife in wild places as they have done the past 35 years and will welcome everyone back Sept. 3rd 2020.For more info: (602) 321-5478 or visit Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter @ZooWildlife, and www.WildlifeWorld.com.

Long Awaited Birth of a Reticulated Giraffe

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 www.WildlifeWorld.com. 

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park Announce the Arrival

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park Announce the Arrival of Endangered Pygmy Hippos & the Grand Opening of its New 5-Acre Safari Park Addition!

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park is excited to announce the arrival of two Endangered Pygmy Hippos and the Grand Opening of its NEW Safari Park Addition! Saturday, February 8th, the long-awaited, 5-acre expansion will be open for the general public to enjoy! Visitors will now be able to come face to face with the 2 Endangered Pygmy Hippos, as well as several other new species including Grevy’s Zebra, Onagers, Caracals, Clouded Leopard & many more!

Clouded leopard

For the first time in the State’s history, pygmy hippos now call Arizona home. The pygmy hippopotamus is mainly found in West Africa and is a far more terrestrial species as compared to common hippos. Wildlife World’s new pygmy hippo exhibit provides the new residents with a climate-controlled building, 2 indoor pools, and outside, they have two separate large green pastures with native foliage and a beautiful joining watering hole fed by a 12ft waterfall for the hippos to swim and splash around in!

Pygmy hippo

Sadly, the pygmy hippo is now Endangered, with recent population estimates indicating there may be fewer than 3,000 pygmy hippos left in the wild. Both types of hippos are threatened by habitat loss due to logging and human settlement. Although conservation initiatives are ongoing, without more information on the species’ status and a coordinated conservation strategy, the pygmy hippo may disappear from the wild. Fortunately, Arizona’s climate lends itself to these magnificent animals and provides the young hippos with a 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.

Grevy’s zebra

The addition includes dozens of new exhibits tailored to the natural habitats and needs of each species, incorporating pastures, ponds, islands and water features. Other new species making their debut include Red Billed Blue Magpies, Nilgai Antelope, Sarus Cranes  and many more rare and endangered African bird & hoof stock species, with plans to continue to expand the collection. The 5-acre addition will bring the total size of Safari Park to nearly 30 acres!  The past 35 years, Wildlife World is constantly renovating and expanding existing exhibits, while continuing to build new exhibits and areas to give its guests a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with wildlife. Given, Wildlife World’s outstanding track record due to their commitment to superior animal care and innovative exhibit design, the New Safari Park Addition is certain to deliver and exceed all expectations!

Caracals

 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 & 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.) Wildlife World is 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

Black spider monkey

Baby Jaguar Cub

Baby Jaguar Cub

Come see our adorable baby jaguar cub Onyx, who you can now see in our Baby Animal Nursery and don’t forget to see our adults across from Dragon World!

Baby Tapir

Baby tapirs are born covered in black, yellow and white strips and spots, which serves as camouflage against predation during these vulnerable first few months. These stripes and spots slowly fade and are completely gone within five to six months, but you can come see Dozer and all his beautiful stripes and spots right now in our Baby Animal Nursery. Dozer was born January 11.

The Problem with Plastic

The Problem with Plastic

The Scoop

Even in the desert, we can make a difference on ocean pollution! Some plastic and marine debris comes from fishing gear, offshore oil and gas platforms, and ships. But 80% of it comes from the land—litter that gets stuck in storm drains and is washed into rivers and out to sea, the legal and illegal dumping of garbage and appliances, and plastic resin pellets inadvertently spilled and unloaded by plastic manufacturers. Trash Travels, Ocean Conservancy’s 2010 report, states that 60% of all marine debris in 2009 consisted of “disposable” items, with the most common being cigarettes, plastic bags, food containers, bottle caps and plastic bottles. It is estimated by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. And no matter where the litter originates, once it reaches the ocean, it becomes a planetary problem as garbage travels thousands of miles. We can take action on land to help prevent trash from entering our waterways!

How You Can Help

There are all kinds of small changes you can make that will have an impact on our ocean. Every single person makes a difference! Here are some easy ways to reduce your plastic footprint:

  • Say no to plastic straws. Straws are so little that they cannot be recycled in most cases and they are so light that they blow out of the landfill and right into our waterways. It is estimated that the average American uses 38,000 straws in their lifetime so this small change really adds up! If you don’t feel like drinking straight from the glass there are many reusable options including glass, bamboo, silicone and metal.
  • Try not to purchase beverages with six pack rings, but if you do make sure to cut all the rings so that marine life does not end up entangled
  • Pack your lunches in reusable containers like tupperwares or reusable snack bags
  • Bring your own bags to the grocery stores and use reusable produce bags
  • Purchase your own water bottle or coffee cup. It will even save you money over buying plastic options
  • Look for items with less plastic packaging. For example, buying a 12 pack of soda in cardboard is more ocean friendly than a six pack with plastic rings
  • Make sure you follow the recycling rules for your area. Many recycling centers will throw out loads of recycling if a few items are not rinsed or are not recyclable
  • Pick up trash you see. Whether it is in a parking lot or on a beach it can all end up in the ocean!

Sources:

“Clean Ocean: Project AWARE.” Project AWARE Homepage, www.projectaware.org/issue/marine-debris.

“For A Strawless Ocean.” For A Strawless Ocean, www.strawlessocean.org/.

“The Marine Mammal Center.” The Marine Mammal Center, www.marinemammalcenter.org/Get-Involved/take-action/things-you-can-do-at-home.html.

Plan Your Field Trip Today

Plan Your Field Trip Today

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day at 

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park!!!!!!!

Join us Saturday, December 7th as we say thank you to law enforcement! The first 1,000 Sworn Law Enforcement families (Limit 4 total per family) through the doors get in FREE, receive FREE rides all day and discounted concessions as a thank you and to show our appreciation for all that they do!

We are excited to partner up with iHeartRadio, 104.7 KISS FM, 102.5 KNIX, 550 KFYI, Sanderson Ford’s Operation Santa Claus and Mike Broomhead for this first-time event at Wildlife World, don’t miss out!

With more than 600 species & 6000 animals on display, there are always new arrivals at Wildlife World! Other babies on display include a baby clouded leopard cub, 2 giraffes, gibbon monkey, 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.


Sworn law enforcement officers are those who have taken an oath to support the Constitution of the United States, their state, and the laws of their agency’s jurisdiction. Sworn officers also have the responsibility to ensure the safety and quality of life of the communities they serve

This includes:

Uniformed police officers 

Special jurisdiction police 

Sheriffs and deputy sheriffs

State police officers (sometimes called state troopers or highway patrol officers)

Specialized assignment officers (Includes special units, such as horseback, bicycle, motorcycle, or harbor patrol; canine corps; special weapons and tactics (SWAT); or emergency response teams.)

Corrections Officers

Detectives 

Fish and game wardens

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents 

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents

U.S. Marshals and Deputy Marshals

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) agents

Bureau of Diplomatic Security special agents

Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Border Patrol agents

Immigration inspectors

Customs inspectors

Federal Air Marshals

U.S. Secret Service special agents and U.S. Secret Service uniformed officers

SPOOKTACULAR!

4th Annual Spooktacular Event!

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.

Wildlife World’s Sea Lion Team invites you to join them for their Spooktacular Recycled Costume Contest. The contest will be held during the sea lion shows at 11:30 and 3:30 each day. Participants must wear a costume made primarily of recycled materials. First place winner at each show will receive a meet and greet with a sea lion.  Second and third place for each show will receive a free sea lion feeding. We hope to see all you goblins and ghouls showing off your conservation costumes!

And don’t forget to stroll the aquarium buildings, animals will be enjoying Halloween enrichments and our scuba team will be showcasing their pumpkin carving abilities- UNDER WATER! There will be two shows a day, more information will be available at the entrance when paying for admission day of!

National Reptile Awareness Day

Happy National Reptile Awareness Day! ?

This day was created not only for reptile lovers to celebrate, but National Reptile Awareness Day also promotes education, conservation and appreciation for reptiles! 

Did you know? The black-throated monitor can reach up to seven feet in total length (including tail) and weigh more than 60 pounds! It is the largest of the four subspecies of the rock monitor!