Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park is excited to announce the birth of several new species, including the hatching of black swan chicks!

The black swan is one of the most graceful & majestic bird species in the world! However, you’ve heard the story of the Ugly Duckling. And, depending on who you ask, they will likely tell you that baby swans are not as cute as baby goslings or ducklings. That is, newborn chicks are born with grayish plumage until three to four weeks when they begin to grow gray or brown feathers. It’s not until around the age of two that these cygnets grow up to become the beautiful swan one typically imagines.

Black swans are native to Australia and New Zealand. Both male and female swans take part in the breeding process, from building the nest to taking care of the young. Black swans lay four to six whitish-green eggs at a time. The parents then take turns incubating the eggs.

Wildlife World has two black swan families that visitors can come out to enjoy. The attentive parents can be seen swimming and tending to their young in the pond at the Log Flume Ride and across from the Giraffe exhibit.

With more than 600 species & 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, several hoofed animal species, including llamas, gazelle, 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 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.) 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.