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Bringing Dinosaurs in the Desert to Phoenix Children’s Hospital

by lhardwick7212

Here at the Arizona Center for Nature Conservation/Phoenix Zoo, our mission is advance the stewardship and conservation of animals and their habitats while providing experiences that inspire people and motivate them to care for the natural world. It’s something we certainly don’t take lightly, and try to find as many ways to connect individuals with […]

California Condor Exams and Vaccination

by lhardwick7212

Weighing close to 20 pounds with a wing-span greater than nine feet, California condors are large and powerful birds. It took a team effort to secure them for their routine physical examinations this week. Two keepers held each bird and a third helped with their feet and wings as needed. While it may look uncomfortable […]

Annual Squirrel Monkey Exams a (Big) Team Effort

by lhardwick7212

We constantly receive feedback from our guests that Monkey Village is always on their must-see list when they visit the Zoo … no matter how many times they’ve been here! Monkey Village is a unique, open exhibit where squirrel monkeys scamper through bushes and trees just inches away. In fact, it’s the only walk-through squirrel […]

The Trumpeter Swan … in Phoenix?

by lhardwick7212

Each staff member at the Phoenix Zoo LOVES animals. So when Bird Keeper, Kyle Waites, heard through the grapevine that a swan was spotted at the Children’s Zoo Lake, he grabbed his camera to take some photos of the beautiful bird. However, after close scrutiny, many photos and multiple lengthy discussions with various people, they […]

Above and Beyond: Burrows for Blue-crowned Motmots

by lhardwick7212

Our blue-crowned motmots, which can be found in the Forest of Uco, have been busy preparing for their breeding season in March. They will dig extensive burrows to nest in (months in advance) to give the entrance of the burrow a well-worn look so as to not attract unwanted attention when their chicks hatch.  Unfortunately for […]

Support the Phoenix Zoo This Holiday Season!

by lhardwick7212

As the holiday season approaches, we pause to give thanks for our blessings and the people in our lives. The Phoenix Zoo is grateful for the support of members and friends just like you! It is also a time when charitable giving often comes to mind. Charitable donations are an excellent way to support the […]

Saving Species in Action: The Elusive Bush Dog

by lhardwick7212

Have you ever seen a bush dog? ACNC/Phoenix Zoo’s field conservation research director, Jan Schipper, and his colleagues in Costa Rica have been hoping for over a decade to see evidence of these elusive animals on their research cameras. Dr. Schipper and ProCAT team members, Dr. José F. González-Maya and Diego A. Gómez Hoyos, recently […]

Let it Glow!

by lhardwick7212

Illuminating Your Holiday Season The holiday tradition shines brighter than ever as the Phoenix Zoo ushers in another magical season of ZooLights ZooLights, presented by SRP and powered by EarthWise™ Energy, will light up the sky for its 26th season on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, and every evening thereafter through January 14, 2018.   To […]

Senator John McCain Joins the Fight to Save Mt. Graham Red Squirrels

by lhardwick7212

Mt. Graham red squirrels are native to southeastern Arizona and are only found in the Pinaleño Mountains of Graham County. They were thought to be extinct in the 1950s until they were rediscovered two decades later. The Phoenix Zoo currently maintains a small pilot breeding population of Mt. Graham red squirrels, but our ultimate goal […]