A Day At The Wildlife World Zoo

A Zebra At The Zoo

A Zebra At The Zoo

This past weekend, my girlfriend and I were on our way hiking when we noticed some dark clouds to the West. Once we saw them, we decided it probably wasn’t a good idea to go up in the mountains. Especially since I still remember the “lightning bolt incident of 2008.”

So instead of hiking, we ended up going to the Wildlife Work Zoo and Aquarium located in Litchfield Park, Arizona. It’s located a little West of Phoenix but was less than an hour away from our apartment.

Its been a long time since I checked out a Zoo. I remember going to one in Green Bay when I was in middle school but that’s about it. I always thought they were overrated for some reason. Now that I really enjoy photography it ended up being a great time shooting pictures of random animals. So here is the recap of the whole experience.

The Admission

For some reason I was expecting the zoo to be less than 15 bucks or so but it was 26.50 a person. Ouch! The good news is the aquarium was included in the price so it wasn’t like the Arizona Science Center where everything inside was extra. They did have a restaurant and gift shop but I did everything I could to avoid it. Of course the exit from the Zoo leads you right through the gift shop…there’s no escape.

The good news is the 26 buck cover charge was worth it. Especially if you have nothing to do and haven’t seen some cool animals in a long time. The Wildlife World Zoo is pretty big and has a lot of exotic animals that you might not see at other zoos.

The Animals

Now comes the fun part…the animals. They had everything from meerkats to snakes in this place. They even had some giraffes and a rhino. Here is a few of my favorite pictures:

A Rhino

A Rhino

Face To Face With A Giraffe

Face To Face With A Giraffe

A Fearless Little Duck

A Fearless Little Duck

The Smallest Deer Ever...

The Smallest Deer Ever...

A Meerkat

A Meerkat

The Coolest Little Monkey Ever

The Coolest Little Monkey Ever

The Aquarium

Besides the zoo, we also checked out the newly built aquarium. The fact that the admission was included in the Zoo admission made it worthwhile.  There were a ton of aquariums with all sorts of fish and animals. Crocodiles, Penguins, sharks, and barracudas to name a few. The only drawback was the fact the inside smelt like a VFW on Fish Fry Fridays.

The only disappoint I had was the sharks. The sign in the front of the zoo had a picture of a shark and it made it look like a large one. It ended up being one of the smaller types which made me cry a little. But they did in fact have sharks, just not the cool ones.

Zoos Are Pretty Cool

I must admit, going to the Zoo is a lot of fun. As long as you can avoid the large crowds of screaming children begging their parents for souvenirs in the gift shop. I had a fun time taking pictures and ended up taking more than 200 by the time we were done.

If you ever happen to be in Phoenix, go check out the Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium.

6 thoughts on “A Day At The Wildlife World Zoo

  1. Jake

    Yeah zoos are a lot of fun and aquariums too. I had the privilege of seeing Keiko when he was living at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. I totally know what you mean with the smell of the place though. You would think they could do something about that.

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  2. William

    My recent visit to this place was just terrible. What did I pay for exactly? The price of $28 did not include anything inside the park, not the train, boat, the water ride. This place was tagged “The Money Pit” by myself and my guest.

    Some of the young staff were just plain rude and drove those carts around without a care in the world for the animals or the patrons. One headed right for us and at the last minute zoomed around us. Maybe you should pay someone other than minimum wage teens to care for the park. The whole package was a joke. Even the ticket sales woman looked annoyed, as if she would rather be shot then be there.

    I felt sorry for many of the animals in captivity as their living conditions were far from acceptable. One sign even said they live in “Lush Green Forest” and yet they were in a dry cage with some bark? You seriously need to reconsider how these animals are treated.

    I would never come here again and will do my best to spread the word so that others can be aware of this Money Pit!

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  3. john - zookeeper for a day

    Somre great photos there – I especially like the meerkat :-). Seems like a nice zoo too, the big problem with zoos is if the animals look all sad and glum, or pace about wishing they were in the wild. – Always ruins a zoo visit for me.

    I have a website about the different zookeeper experiences in the uk, but the animals here look a lot happier here . Maybe it’s just the weather!

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