Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium began celebrating this, its 30th anniversary year with an all new 15 acre Safari Park addition in January. This week, the celebration continues with a fond farewell to our old African Safari Train. Not the ever popular half mile long immersive ride experience with about a dozen species like gazelles, ostriches, and antelope including the nearly extinct Scimitar Horned Orxy, just the train itself. After 20 years, it was time to retire the old train and install a brand new and larger gauge train. At a cost of over $1/2M, the new train is an American made replica by Chance Rides of the famous C. P. Huntington locomotive. The new train is just one of many exciting announcements expected over the next few months as the busy zoo season gets underway.

Wildlife World is home to the largest collection of rare and exotic species in Arizona with over 600 species on display. For those new to the Valley or just visiting Arizona, the zoo, aquarium and safari park increases Wildlife World’s developed area to more than 80 acres and includes another dining option for guests. The safari park features a few known favorites and several brand new species including: a pair of rare cheetahs, greater kudu, rock hyrax, baboons, jackals, wildebeest, Watusi cattle and more. It also features a variety of African birds and other ungulates. Visitors can walk around the safari park as well as take an optional tram ride through several animal exhibits.   Entrance to the Safari Park, located by the zoo’s popular giraffe exhibit, is included with general admission.

As a USDA licensed, private institution, accredited by the Zoological Association of America (ZAA) and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks & Aquariums (AMMPA), Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park receives zero taxpayer funding. No tax dollars have ever been spent to build or operate Wildlife World. We are extremely grateful for three decades of visitor support from the hundreds of thousands of guests to Wildlife World each year. They have made our growth, renewal and demonstrated commitment to ever improving animal well-being in a family friendly and fun environment possible.

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park is located at 16501 W. Northern Ave., Litchfield Park, AZ (SE corner of state route 303 and northern Ave.) Were open seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays.

Zoo exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (last zoo admission is at 5:00 p.m.) Aquarium exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Daytime admission includes access to the zoo and aquarium. Special reduced evening admission to Aquarium-Only is available after 5:00 p.m.

For more info: (623) 935-WILD (9453) or visit us on facebook and www.WildlifeWorld.com.