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The Arizona Center for Nature Conservation/Phoenix Zoo has been a point of pride for Arizona for over 55 years. The Zoo is the state’s most popular cultural attraction, hosting nearly 1.4 million guests each year.
Decades of success in fulfilling its mission to inspire people and motivate them to care for the natural world through impactful education programs and conservation efforts have made the Zoo an international leader among zoological organizations. Fulfilling this mission requires ongoing investment in capital projects that best serve the Zoo’s animal collection and guests – The Pride Campaign has done precisely that.
Completion of the $13.9 million Pride Campaign will fund a series of capital projects in four major areas of the Zoo, which will dramatically impact guest experience, strengthen educational offerings and expanding programs for species recovery. These projects include new habitats in the Africa Trail, expansion of the elephant habitat on the Tropics Trail and the construction of a 500-seat amphitheater. Achievement of The Pride Campaign will be one of the ultimate achievements for the Phoenix Zoo.
Campaign funds have already expanded and upgraded our species conservation research facilities and programs, hallmarks of the Zoo and for which it is internationally recognized. With the completion of the Johnson Conservation Center expansion, sand cat, Aldabra and Galapagos tortoises’ habitats, and now the new Doornbos Discovery Amphitheater and Giants of the Asian Realm, presented by The Kemper & Ethel Marley Foundation, we are excited to begin work on the final project of the Campaign – the new and expanded Africa Trail.
The expansion of the Africa Trail will be the Zoo’s largest capital project to date, spanning six acres and resulting in an immersive experience for guests featuring new, up-close animal viewing. A new and expanded one-acre habitat will feature African lions and hyenas.
Aldabra Tortoise Habitat
Funded | Opened March 2018
The Aldabra tortoise is endemic to the islands of the Aldabra Atoll in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar. With their new home, guests will look forward to many more encounters with these amazing animals.
You might have heard? There’s a new “mob” coming to town. A new habitat introducing a meerkat colony will be featured; providing guests an opportunity to witness this diminutive species’ highly evolved social structure. Constantly active and highly social, these creatures are among the most entertaining of Africa’s small mammals. Upon completion, a group (also known as a mob) of these highly social, small carnivores will call the Phoenix Zoo home.
Guests will go “hog wild” as the fascinating warthogs will be featured in a renovated and expanded habitat. Warthogs are environmental engineers that play a critical role in African grassland ecosystems. They have large protective pads on their faces and padded areas on their legs that allow them to kneel and eat short grasses; excavating the landscape, which can help smaller species utilize the grassland habitat. With a face only a mother could love, warthogs are among the more interesting mammals of Africa and are also a long-time favorite in our early childhood education and Camp Zoo programming each year.
Lion, Hyena and Amur Leopard Habitats
Some of Africa’s highest profile predators including African lions and spotted hyenas will be featured. As top predators and captivating species, lions and hyenas may be the most prominent residents of Africa. The African lion and spotted hyena will reside adjacent to one another within their respective new habitats. The combined area will feature rotational yards with two separate living spaces that either lions or hyenas may inhabit on any given day. Guests will always be able to experience these spectacular animals, from two different viewpoints through an expansive glass viewing area.
The exhibit would also feature the highly endangered Amur leopard, a close relative of the African leopard. Equally impressive, the Amur leopard is one of the most endangered species on the planet, with fewer than 50 individuals estimated to be living in the wild. The Phoenix Zoo would be a significant contributor to the conservation of this endangered cat. Based on the recommendation of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), the Phoenix Zoo has agreed to play a major role in the AZA Amur Leopard Species Survival Plan® (SSP), participating in efforts to save these beautiful animals from extinction.
Additional surrounding enclosures and winding trails connecting guests to even more intriguing exhibits – will bring this remarkable array of indigenous species to the desert environment of Papago Park.
building a future
The Phoenix Zoo is a non-profit organization that receives no government operating subsidy. It relies solely on earned income and philanthropic support. Of the $13.9 million campaign total, $1.4 million will be restricted to a permanent endowment to support operational and maintenance expenses of these new expanded projects.
For more information, contact Lorraine Frias at 602.914.4322.