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Celebrating National Zookeeper Week 2017!

by lhardwick7212

National Zookeeper Week occurs each year during the third week in July. The goal is to promote and recognize the selfless and dedicated zoo professionals for their generous work all year long. Here at the Phoenix Zoo, our keepers are tasked with a variety of roles, duties and responsibilities – each one equally important as […]

There’s Still Time to Register for Camp Zoo!

by lhardwick7212

Here’s the thing about Camp Zoo: It’s awesome. Like, really awesome. The best part? You still have time to sign up! At Camp Zoo, children have fascinating adventures with the natural world. Each session is filled with up-close animal encounters, behind-the-scenes experiences, hands-on activities, games, in-depth investigations and organized free time. All camp lessons and activities are […]

But First, Let Me Take a Selfie

by Ben York

By Senior Primate Zookeeper, Denise Wagner The Association of Zoos and Aquariums defines enrichment as a process to ensure the behavioral and physical needs of an animal are being met by providing opportunities for species-appropriate actions and choices. That is to say, enrichment serves to deliver mental and physical stimulation that promotes healthy behavior. All […]

Keeping our Animals (and Guests) Cool in the Summer

by lhardwick7212

Pools are located in the habitats of our lions, tigers, elephants, Andean bear and rhinoceros. Many animals occasionally receive tasty ice treats such as bloodsicles, fishsicles or frozen food. Misters are used at Monkey Village and at our elephant habitat. Some animals, like those on the Savanna, receive a sprinkler or garden hose shower to […]

Pardon Our Dust- UPDATED 7/5

by lhardwick7212

UPDATE: July 5, 2017 Construction is well under way! The old Savanna Grill is barley recognizable at the moment. Soon enough we will start to see the transformation into a more modern (and much cooler) indoor seating facility. Please Note: The Giraffe Deck is now closed for the remainder of the summer due to construction […]

International Heritage Breeds Week

by lhardwick7212

International Heritage Breeds Week aims to raise global awareness about endangered heritage breeds of livestock and poultry. When animal agriculture was industrialized, it resulted in the replacement of traditional livestock breeds with what have become the universal breeds and a related loss of genetic diversity. Worldwide, about one domesticated livestock breed is lost every month. […]

Turtle “Trapping” at the Phoenix Zoo

by lhardwick7212

If you visit the Phoenix Zoo this weekend and see numerous people in boats floating throughout the Papago Park pond, don’t worry … they’re supposed to be there. Every year, it is estimated that hundreds of unwanted pet turtles are released into the Papago Park pond at the front of the Zoo bytheir owners. From May […]

A Week to Change

by lhardwick7212

“You are the caregivers of these animals. Their lives depend on your kindness. Their lives depend on how much you love them and care about them. You have to be their eyes and ears. It is your everyday duty to do your very best for them.” In 2012, in partnership with The Jane Goodall Institute, […]

Zoo Staff Helping to Save Hornbill Species in Malaysia

by lhardwick7212

For many animal and plant species, survival is an increasing challenge due to a variety of influences. At the Phoenix Zoo, we believe we have an obligation to help conserve wherever we can and encourage others to join in the effort. The Zoo’s Staff Conservation Grant gives employees the chance to do exactly that – […]

UPDATE: With Your Help, the Fundraising Goal Was Reached

by lhardwick7212

UPDATE May 4, 2017 – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and over 100 of its members have pledged over $1 million toward the emergency rescue of the vaquita porpoise, the world’s most endangered marine mammal. AZA and its members are joining the Mexican government, which also announced that it is pledging up to […]