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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 – […]

Urgent Crisis: Fewer Than 30 Vaquita Remain in the World

by lhardwick7212

Arizona Center for Nature Conservation Lends Support to Rescue Efforts to Save Endangered Vaquita Fewer than 30 of this “desert porpoise” remain in the world We are proud to announce that we are lending our support to address an urgent crisis facing the world’s smallest cetacean, and the most endangered marine mammal in the world today: Mexico’s vaquita porpoise. […]

Nature Play – It’s not just for kids!

by lhardwick7212

Recently we shared with you about all the fun we’ve been having in our Family Nature Club program, but it’s not just the kids that get to have all the fun. At the end of February we’re providing a FREE nature play training workshop for adults and we hope YOU will join us! The concepts […]

Phoenix Zoo Family Nature Club

by lhardwick7212

There was digging, balancing, running, crawling and jumping. There was water carrying, fort building and bridge construction. There was exploring, discovery, caution and curiosity. There was smiling, talking, gasps of excitement, and so, so, so much laughter. All of this and more happened during a recent Family Nature Club program in Papago Park! Hosted by […]

We Can Save Cheetahs … But We Must Act Fast

by lhardwick7212

Recently, through an extensive survey, researchers determined that only 7,100 adult cheetahs are left in the wild. Cheetahs, the fastest land animals on the planet, are facing a staggering drop in numbers in large part due to habitat loss, fragmentation, conflict with farmers and ranchers, and illegal hunting. “Cheetahs, due to their non-aggressive nature, do […]

Honduras Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Center

by lhardwick7212

In June and July of 2016, Phoenix Zoo Senior Reptile Keeper Matt Tietgen was fortunate to have the opportunity to help establish a new frog conservation facility, The Honduras Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Center (HARCC).  Below is his account of the project. The project was started by Jonathan Kolby, a National Geographic Explorer. Kolby collaborated […]

Make Giving Tuesday a Giving ZOOday!

by lhardwick7212
Phoenix Zoo Giving Tuesday

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have day to give back. On Tuesday, November 29, celebrate generosity and give back. Giving ZOOday is about the impact zoos and aquariums have on their communities by engaging visitors to be stewards of the environment and save species from […]

It’s Hard to Say ‘Goodbye’

by lhardwick7212

One of the hardest things about the privilege of working with animals is that sometimes you have to say goodbye. It is with heavy hearts that we share the sad news of the passing of Half Ear, our Southern white rhinoceros.   Half Ear came to the Phoenix Zoo in October 2004 with her longtime […]

Ralph and Elvis’ Big Adventure

by lhardwick7212

Ralph’s Journey to El Paso, Elvis’ Arrival in Phoenix… A Timeline Ralph, one of our adult male Galapagos tortoises and an animal that has called the Phoenix Zoo home since we first opened our doors in 1962, has left for the El Paso Zoo. Although we are certainly sad to see him go, we are […]