Today we went to the Phoenix zoo to see all the animals they have, there was tons of animals from birds, reptiles, fish, rhino’s and much more. The Phoenix Zoo was opened in 1962 with around 125 acres of land in the Papago Park area of Phoenix.
Papago Park is a municipal park in the cities of Phoenix and Tempe, Arizona, United States. It has been designated as a Phoenix Point of Pride. It includes Hunt’s Tomb, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
If you have not been to this zoo, you must visit it if you are in the area, just make sure if you do come in the summer time, come when they open at 9am before the heat hits its hottest temps.
ABout Phoenix Zoo
The Phoenix Zoo began as a personal project of Robert Maytag, who formed the Arizona Zoological Society (now the Arizona Center for Nature Conservation) with the intention of opening a zoo in Phoenix; before this time, there were a few modest proposals to establish a zoo in the fast-growing city, but none moved past the discussion stage.
Although Maytag died unexpectedly a few months before its opening, the zoo opened on schedule on November 21, 1962. It was originally named the “Maytag Zoo”, but was renamed the following year to “Phoenix Zoo” to identify it more closely with the community.
The zoo was established on the site of a fish hatchery operation built as a Works Progress Administration project in the 1930s, and operated by the Arizona Game and Fish Department until 1959. The zoo has always been a privately owned, non-profit venture
The zoo has over 1,400 animals on display and contains 2.5 miles of walking trails. The zoo is divided into four main themed areas or trails: The Arizona Trail (American Southwest flora and fauna), the Africa Trail (animals from Africa), the Tropics Trail (residents of the rain forests), and the Children’s Trail, which includes a petting zoo.