Spanning over 125 acres in the Valley of the Sun, the Phoenix Zoo is one of the largest non-profit zoos in the U.S., caring for over 3,000 animals with nearly 400 species represented, including many threatened/endangered species.

Over 1 million guests visit the Zoo on an annual basis to see magnificent animals like African lions, Bornean orangutans, Sumatran tigers and, of course, Fernando (a sloth).

But if you visit the Zoo frequently, you may equally appreciate the hundreds of different “Zoo Views” just waiting to be discovered.

Aside from the animals who call the Zoo home, the sprawling campus boasts a remarkably wide range of habitats and scenery. Sure, there is the distinctive and unmistakable desert landscape of Phoenix, but a quick walk around the Arizona Trail near our Mexican gray wolf exhibit feels more like the mountainous region of Northern Arizona.  

In fact, the more you visit the Zoo, the more you realize just how beautiful it truly is.

Thanks to Phoenix Zoo volunteer and photographer, WJ Wheaton, take a look at over 20 “Zoo Views” below.

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