The Phoenix Zoo is home not only to numerous exotic and endangered animals, but a host of ducks, geese, lizards, rabbits and quail also live among the park’s amazing horticulture. Early Monday morning, however, zookeepers and staff arrived to learn some slightly unusual creatures have decided to call the Phoenix Zoo home.pokemon01

“Pokémon are here,” Phoenix Zoo President & CEO Bert Castro stated. “We’re excited to learn that the Zoo has so many hotspots for those playing the Pokémon GO game.”

With just over 30 PokéStops, the Zoo is a hotbed of Pokémon activity and a fantastic spot for gamers to collect items, experience points and Poké Eggs. A Poké gym located inside the orangutan bilik offers a cool spot to train.

We encourage guests to be aware of their surroundings and respectful of barriers and other guests.

“It’s not outside the norm for our guests to utilize their cell phones while at the Zoo for taking photos, Tweeting or checking in, etc. This is an additional fun activity,” Castro said. “We’ve checked the points in our park and have not found any to be in behind-the-scenes areas. As always, we encourage guests to be aware of their surroundings and respectful of barriers and other guests.”

To recognize these new residents, and help beat the heat, the Zoo will open an hour early next week (July 17 – 23). Both members and general admission guests can enjoy catching, training, and socializing starting at 6 a.m. Zoo staff will set lures to attract Pokémon to specific areas so that guests may catch as many as possible during their visit.

Saturday, July 23 | 6 – 10 a.m.

Costumed Pokémon mascots will be on site greeting visitors. The train will become a PokéShuttle (an excellent way to relax, see some animals, incubate some eggs and reach 20 PokéStops). Staff will be dropping lures throughout the park.

Guests are encouraged to share their favorite photos of Pokémon at the Zoo for an opportunity to have their photo included in an online gallery. #PhoenixZooGO

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