We are committed to upholding our mission of providing experiences that inspire and motivate people to care for the natural world. In order to do this, stay close to our website and social channels for updates about our status as well as LIVE educational programming, virtual safaris and an abundance of cute photos and videos of animals, behind-the-scenes caretaking by our keepers, and in-depth stories of the Zoo and our amazing residents!
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Monday, April 6
Welcome to another Digital Safari presented by SRP! Today we took a trip to Tropical Flights for a special “Where’s Waldo?” edition! Join Mike Foley, Manager of Trail Programs, to learn all about some amazing birds.
Friday, April 3
Welcome to another Digital Safari presented by SRP! Today we had a very special talk from stingray keeper Mari Belko where we learned all about our stingrays and how they are named after country music superstars (like Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood and more)!
Tuesday, March 31
Saturday, March 28
Today’s Digital Safari is presented by SRP. Working with animals to participate in their own medical examination is the goal for most animals care specialists. Stingrays present a unique challenge as they are always moving under the water. We began conditioning cownose rays for physical examinations to learn and eventually improve their care during pregnancies. A healthy and happy environment for adult stingrays usually results in baby rays (pups).
Thursday, March 26
Today’s Digital Safari presented by SRP is all about Beaker the Giant Anteater! Beaker is an 11-year-old giant anteater. The largest of the anteater species, they have a two-foot-long tongue covered in sticky saliva. They have an incredible sense of smell – 40 times better than humans! Giant anteaters, like Beaker, can consume a few thousand ants in just a couple minutes and flick their tongues 150 times per minutes.
Tuesday, March 24
Welcome to another Phoenix Zoo Digital Safari! Today, we’re visiting with our Galapagos tortoises as they munch on papaya.
Monday, March 23
Today’s Digital Safari included Sumatran tigers Jai and Indah, and a training wall session!
Sunday, March 22
Join Aja the southern ground hornbill as she walks around Lemur Lane at the Phoenix Zoo. While the Zoo is closed to the public, Ambassador Animals and other Zoo animals will be walking around and meeting other Phoenix Zoo residents. It’s a great form of enrichment for all animals involved!
Saturday, March 21
Meet “Incognito” our five-year-old Meller’s chameleon! Meller’s chameleons are the second largest chameleon in the world growing up to two feet in length.
A chameleon does not change its body color to camouflage but instead will change it based on its mood and as a way to communicate. For this species, a lighter green color indicates a calm state while a darker green, almost black color indicates stress or territoriality.
They are designed for an arboreal lifestyle with feet designed for grasping branches and a prehensile tail which acts like a fifth limb allowing them to grasp as well as hang upside down by to reach lower branches.
Friday, March 20
Join us as Phoenix Zoo employee and author, Susan R. Stoltz, reads her book “A Flamboyance, A Crash, and A Dazzle” to our flamingos… and YOU!
Thursday, March 19
Meet Belo, one of our snakes part of our Ambassador Animal Resources team! Belo means “beautiful” in Portuguese. He is 18 and a half years old – his birthday is on August 18th. In human care, rainbow boas can live between 20-30 years!
Did you know, rainbow boas get their name because they have tiny ridges on their scales that act like prisms and refract the light, giving them a rainbow iridescence!? Belo eats primarily rodents such as mice and rats. But rainbow boas have a wide variety of prey items available in the rain forest including bird eggs, frogs, salamanders, lizards, even other snakes! Brazilian rainbow boas typically grow between 4-6 feet in length, although some have been know to grow to 7 feet!
Wednesday, March 18
We kicked off our Digital Safari series with a video premiere entitled The Peaceful Swim of the Stingray.
There’s something uniquely satisfying about watching stingrays swim. They glide through the water with such ease, you can’t help but feel peaceful.
We hope it inspires a sense of calmness during this tough time; we’re in it together.