Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park is excited to announce the Grand Opening of its new Safari Park Addition! Saturday, January 27th, the long-awaited, 8-acre expansion will be open for the general public to enjoy! Visitors will now be able to come face to face with the 3 White Rhinos that recently arrived at Wildlife World’s new state of the art Rhino facility, after taking a one-way trip from South Africa!
In South Africa alone, poachers kill three or more rhinos per day in order to meet the black-market demand for rhino horn, which is believed to be an aphrodisiac in some Asian cultures. Even in light of their fading population, poachers continuously break into rhino orphanages, sanctuaries, and are even starting to target zoos in order to slaughter these animals for their ivory, which is made of nothing more than keratin—the same protein that makes up your hair and nails.
“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,” says Mickey Ollson, Director & Founder of Wildlife World.
Other new species making their debut include Hamadryas baboons, striped hyenas, a serval cat, wreathed hornbills, Nile lechwe and many more rare and endangered African bird & hoof stock species, with plans to continue to expand the collection. Wildlife World’s popular Safari Tram’s new route will include the expansion, doubling its length & duration. The new construction has been in the process of being developed since the completion of the original Safari Park 4 years ago. The 8-acre addition will bring the total size of Safari Park to nearly 25 acres!
The past 33 years, Wildlife World has always had new exhibits, areas and animals to give its guests a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with wildlife. Arizona’s climate lends itself to these magnificent animals and provides them 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. 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!
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 nearly 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.) 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.