Animal Presentations & Keeper Chats

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keeper chats

Keeper chats occur throughout the day to provide guests with opportunities to get an even closer look at our animals and the amount of dedication and time that goes into caring for them. Hear directly from zookeeper staff to learn more about these amazing animals!

Want to get an even closer, more personable experience with some of these animals? Consider booking an exclusive Backstage Adventure Tour experience where applicable by clicking the hyperlinks!

  • Galapagos Tortoise chats Sunday, Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 9:30 a.m. 
  • Greater flamingo chats daily at 9:30 a.m.
  • Elephant chats Wednesday at 10 a.m.
  • Nyala chat Sunday at 11 a.m.
  • Andean bear chat Tuesday & Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
  • Maned wolf chat Sunday & Wednesday at 12:30
  • Squirrel monkey B.E. chat daily at 12 p.m.
  • Farm chat daily at 11 a.m.
  • Equine chat Wednesday thru Friday at 11:30

Creature features:

  • AZ Aviary daily at 9:15 a.m.
  • Predator Passage daily at 9:45 a.m.
  • Aldabra Tortoise daily at 10:15 a.m.
  • Conservation Center daily at 11:00 a.m.
  • Otter daily at 11:30 a.m.
  • Rhea daily at 12:30 p.m.
  • Chilean Flamingo daily at 12:45 p.m.
  • Tagua (chacoan peccary) daily at 1:00 p.m.
  • Greater one-horned rhino daily at 1:30 p.m.
  • Orangutan, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
  • Buff-cheeked gibbon, Tuesday & Thursday at 2:00 p.m.

Rattlesnake Presentation

At the Doornbos Discovery Amphitheater

Friday-Sunday: 2:30 p.m.

The Phoenix Zoo’s ectotherm team is getting you closer to these slithery friends with a never-been-seen-before presentation, “Rattlesnakes!”

Stars of the presentation include the Gila monster, Western diamondback rattlesnake, Arizona black rattlesnake and more! These species, and more of their scaly friends, can be seen at the presentation and then in their habitats in the Arizona Aviary on the Arizona Trail.

animal presentations: Phoenix Zoo Airlines

come fly with us!

At the Doornbos Discovery Amphitheater

Daily at 10:30 a.m. with an additional presentation at 12 p.m. every Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Wanna travel the world? Join our Ambassador Animals on a mile-high adventure as they take to the skies. Phoenix Zoo Airlines will take you on a global adventure where you will meet animals from every continent. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the in-flight entertainment as the animals show off their amazing abilities.     

Many zoos hire outside contractors to produce their animal shows. Here at the Phoenix Zoo, we do all of our show production in-house, utilizing our creative staff to design a dynamic show that is uniquely us.

The Ambassador Animal Resources team is comprised of 12 staff who work cooperatively to brainstorm show themes, write an entertaining script, train engaging animal behaviors, build awards-themed props and sets, film and edit accompanying video, and then merge all of it together to deliver a seamless production.

We have several goals in mind when we develop a new animal show. First and foremost, it’s incredibly important to us that our animals are presented in a way that demonstrates respect for the individual animal and its species, while at the same time ensuring our guests are having so much fun during the show they don’t even realize how much they’ve been learning!

We also strive to have as many animals as possible showcase independent behaviors, meaning they are out on stage “performing” their trained routine without a trainer directing them where to go next.

Additionally, we want to create an immersive experience for the audience, allowing them to make decisions that guide the direction of the show and even have the animals interacting with them.

There’s nothing quite like feeling the air stir above your head as a king vulture flies over, or hear laughs of delight when a hyacinth macaw takes a dollar bill from your hand and drops it into a donation box.

Finally, we design our shows so they are different every day. That means guests can return again and again, getting something new and enjoyable out of their experience each time.

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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.