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Milestone Reached in Phoenix Zoo’s Chiricahua Leopard Frog Head-Starting Program

by lhardwick7212

There’s no hyperbole here; the work being done at The Arthur L. and Elaine V. Johnson Foundation Conservation Center is equally as remarkable as it is inspiring. Their work head-starting egg masses and developing and improving husbandry techniques for the federally threatened Chiricahua leopard frog illustrates that assertion perfectly. The Zoo works closely with the […]

Saving Borneo’s Hornbills One Box at a Time

by lhardwick7212

Marisa Boyd and Bryan MacAulay were recent recipients of both the Zoo’s Staff Conservation Grants and the International Congress of Zookeepers Conservation Grant. In May, they traveled to Malaysia for two weeks to work with hornbills in their natural habitat. They each developed a project that would benefit all eight species of hornbills that are […]

International Vulture Awareness Day

by lhardwick7212

The first Saturday in September each year is International Vulture Awareness Day! Vultures are an ecologically vital group of birds that face a variety of threats, and populations of many species are under pressure with some facing extinction. The goal of this effort is to promote the importance and conservation of vultures to a wider audience […]

Hatching of Henkel’s Leaf-Tailed Geckos Another ‘First’ for the Phoenix Zoo

by lhardwick7212

We know what you’re thinking. Why do they call it a leaf-tailed gecko? Well, because its tail looks like a leaf. Pretty straightforward, right? Recently, two Henkel’s leaf-tailed geckos hatched at the Zoo! Native to Madagascar, these beautiful animals are threatened by habitat loss and illegal collecting.  This gecko can conceal itself in its forest […]

Making the Most of a ‘Stormy’ Situation

by lhardwick7212

On August 3, the Phoenix Zoo was caught in the middle of a major storm that rolled through the Valley. Multiple trees were uprooted, tents were destroyed, several trails were flooded and the awning at Stingray Bay was severely damaged.  Fortunately, all animals were quickly accounted for and safe, but the Zoo was forced to […]

Zoo Employee Heads to Borneo for Primate Study

by lhardwick7212

We’re fortunate to have remarkable employees at the Phoenix Zoo — all of whom care deeply for animals and their native habitats.  Case in point: primate zookeeper, Jessica Peterschick.  As part of the Global Field masters program at Miami University of Ohio, Peterschick is spending a month in Borneo studying orangutans in conjunction with her […]

International Golden Lion Tamarin Day

by lhardwick7212

Golden lion tamarins are distinctive-looking, New World primates typically recognized by their bright orange coats and manes. Weighing in at just over one pound, these omnivorous little monkeys make their meals out of insects, fruits, tree exudates, flowers and small vertebrates (depending on the season). And, yes, they are super cute.  Residing only in the […]

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 lhardwick7212

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 […]