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Phoenix Zoo

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Phoenix Zoo

Address Papago Park Zoo,
Telephone
How to Find it:
Open: Regular hours: 9-17 June-July: 7-12 & 18-21 August: 18-21
Prices: Adult: 10$ (June-July 6$, August 3$ !!) Seniors: 9 $ (resp. 5$ and 3$) Child: 5$ (3$)
Area:
No of Species No of Animals Star Rating
Mammals Conservation
Birds Enclosures
Reptiles Education
Amphibians Recreation
Fish Research
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This critique last updated:  Feb 2008


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This review submitted by Niels Johs. Legarth Iversen April 2001
Well, Phoenix is a dry place, and Papago park has more rocks than plants. It also contains the so called Desert Botanical garden with allegedly the largest collection of cactaei anywhere in the world, and Hall of Flame, a large museum devoted to fire fighting. However at the entrance there is a pond with turtles, and inside the zoo you will find several lakes, - probably artificial. The different parts of this zoo are named 'trails': there is (from left to right) an Arizona trail, an African trail, a Tropical trail plus a Children's (or discovery) trail. When I visited the place in 1997 it also had a desert trail, but they have retraced the boundaries of the trails since then. The Ibex and Arabian oryx now are included in the African trail. In fact the Phoenix Zoo may be said to be the zoo that rescued the oryx when it was all but exterminated in the wild. Since then it has been reintroduced to its native grounds and can be admired in many other zoos. The African trail takes up the largest part of the zoo, and here you find all the usual exhibits, such as giraffes, ostriches, warthogs and zebras, but also a bunch of intruders: a group of Australian cangaroos and Asian tigers. The tropical trail boasts among other things an indoor rainforest, and you find monkeys and apes from all parts of the world, - there is a lake in the area with a spider monkey island plus a lemur island. The children's trail is separated from the rest of the zoo by another lake, with a gibbon island. This trail contains a puppet theatre, a 'red barn' and an animal nursery. When you walk this zoo you are allways aware of the desert beneath your feet, and even though there is quite a lot of vegetation you know that it is all due to irrigation. The air is dry, the soil is rusty red, - the whole zoo is sort of an artificial oasis surrounded by desert. In fact he most memorable view here is the towering red rock at the far end of the former desert trail, precisely because it reminds you of the desert outside the gates
 

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