Discover the depths of africa

The Africa Trail showcases many of the most popular animals in the world, including the African painted dog, hamadryas baboon, mandrill, ostrich, gazelle, Southern white rhino, as well as Grévy’s zebras, lions, cheetahs and giraffes.

The Desert Lives trail, diverts off of the Africa Trail before and after the lion and hyena habitats, and features desert bighorn sheep and Arabian oryx among the natural buttes.


9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through May 31

7 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 1 – August 31

The Zoo will be closed to foot traffic on Sundays June 13-July 25 for Cruise the Zoo.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept 1 – Oct 31

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov 1 – Jan 19


The path leading from the Savanna exhibit has a steep uphill section with little shade.

Wheelchair Accessible 

We recommend wheelchair users and other individuals with mobility concerns to begin the Africa Trail from the camel rides.

Sensory Inclusion Information

Headphone zone near greater flamingos

featured animals

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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.