Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park Celebrates World Giraffe Day with a Long-Awaited Birth Of A Reticulated Giraffe!!!

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park Celebrates World Giraffe Day With A Long-Awaited Birth of a Reticulated Giraffe!!!

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park celebrates World Giraffe Day, June 21st, by welcoming a newborn reticulated giraffe to the family! Jarabi, already standing 6 feet tall, made his debut into the world earlier this month! The playful newborn can now be seen on exhibit exploring and bonding with mom!

Female giraffes have a gestation of up to fifteen months, one of the longest gestations in the animal kingdom. In a statement made by Wildlife World’s Deputy Director, Jack Ewert, “the calf is thriving under the close watch of his attentive mother. Over the next few weeks, keepers will continue to introduce mother and baby to the rest of the herd.”

At Wildlife World’s 12-foot tall giraffe feeding station, visitors have a unique opportunity to feed and come face-to-face with the giraffes and see the newest addition to the giraffe herd. Using their 18-inch tongue and prehensile lips, these gentle giant’s will eat a mouthful of pellets right out of your hand for a one of a kind experience!

In the wild, the giraffe population is under a lot of pressure. This is largely due to habitat loss, fragmentation, degradation, poaching, and ultimately the growth of the human population. In 2016, the species was declared Vulnerable to Extinction on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Joining in the fight to save the giraffe population from extinction, Wildlife World has not only donated to worthy organizations working to preserve these gentle giants but has also raised 10 giraffes’ in the last 17 years! The giraffes are ambassadors for their species and inspire visitors to conserve and protect their wild counterparts. Mickey Ollson, founder of the Wildlife World Zoo, believes the success of the zoo’s internationally recognized giraffe breeding program is due to the expertise and dedication from its management, keepers, veterinary team, and Arizona’s ideal climate conditions, which is similar to the savannas throughout Africa.

With more than 600 species & 6000 animals on display, there are always new arrivals at Wildlife World! Other babies on display include a baby jaguar, colobus monkey & several hoofed animal species, including a wildebeests and other youngsters throughout the 100-acre park.

As an 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 in its nearly 35-year history.

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.) 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 7:00 p.m. Admission includes access to the Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park.

For more info: (623) 935-WILD (9453) or visit us on Facebook, Instagram, on Twitter @ZooWildlife, and

In Honor of Father’s Day, Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park Announces that Crockette, the Sea Lion will be a Father for a 3rd Time!

In Honor of Father’s Day, Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park Announces that Crockette, the Sea Lion will be a Father for a 3rd Time!

In Honor of Father’s Day, Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park Announces that Crockette, the Sea Lion will be a Father for a 3rd Time! This will be a significant birth for Wildlife World, as well as for marine mammal enthusiasts and conservationists alike. The pup will be the 2nd baby born to mother, Paris and 3rd baby born to father, Crockette.Sea Lions are highly intelligent animals. They are known for their ability to learn complex, voluntary husbandry and medical behaviors through operant conditioning principles and positive reinforcement. In fact, Paris was already voluntarily participating in maternal husbandry behaviors, such as ultrasounds, long before the pup was conceived. By participating in her own health care, the animal care team, including 2 veterinarians, a veterinary technician and 3 specialists, is able to better monitor Paris and her unborn baby’s health. This ensures the birth of a healthy pup, while maintaining the health, comfort, and well-being of mom.Wildlife World’s exhibit was carefully designed for the success of a sea lion breeding program, in an effort to maximize genetic diversity within the zoological population. With approximately one-hundred and fifty thousand gallons of man-made salt water for the sea lions, the expanding sea lion family will have plenty of room to raise the new pup. The spacious outdoor exhibit allows visitors to attend public educational demonstrations featuring these acrobatic animals twice a day. In addition, guests get the opportunities after their scheduled feeding times and shows.Wildlife World’s expert sea lion care team is committed to providing the best care to their animals and engaging, informative, and fun educational experiences for visitors of all ages! In fact, each year Wildlife World offers savings for parents and schools, enabling eighty thousand students the opportunity to discover and learn about more than 600 species of birds, fish, mammals, and reptiles.Like all marine mammals, sea lions are protected by the landmark legislation known as the Marine Mammal Protection Act (“MMPA”), first passed in 1972. The MMPA makes it illegal to hunt or harass any marine mammal species found in U.S. waters. Sea Lions, like many marine animals, face an uncertain future due to ocean pollution, dwindling fish stock, and competition with human activities.The energetic sea lions are seen daily at “Shipwreck Cove,” a pirate ship display with upper deck and underwater viewing. With an outdoor exhibit pool, public seating, and several viewing areas, there is plenty of opportunity for guests to get an up close and personal encounter with the sea lions!With more than 600 species & 6000 animals on display, there are always new arrivals at Wildlife World! Other babies on display include a baby jaguar, colobus monkey & several hoofed animal species, including a wildebeests and other youngsters throughout the 100-acre park.As an 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 in its nearly 35-year history.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.) 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 7:00 p.m. Admission includes access to the Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park.
For more info: (623) 935-WILD (9453) or visit us on Facebook, Instagram, on Twitter @ZooWildlife, andwww.WildlifeWorld.com.Find out more about what you can do to help support sea lion conservation efforts: Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks & Aquariums:http://www.ammpa.org/International Marine Animal Trainers’ Association: https://www.imata.org/National Marine Mammal Foundation: https://www.nmmf.org
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Sara, The Endangered Jaguar, Gives Birth to a Baby Cub

After making International headlines, Sara the jaguar is back in the spotlight! Sara gave birth to a healthy cub earlier this month. Wildlife World’s newest member shares in Sara’s same beautiful black melanistic coloration. 

When Sara first made headlines, she was into her second trimester. Thereafter, Wildlife World’s animal care team decided to move Sara off exhibit, where her and her unborn cub’s health, comfort, and well-being could be better monitored by staff. Sara’s cub is receiving around-the-clock care by the experienced Wildlife World hand raising team and veterinarians. The youngster enjoys bottles of formula several times a day and over the next few weeks, she will begin the transition to include meat in her diet.

Sara will continue to spend 15 hours a day in her two-story habitat at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park and will return to full time, once modifications are complete. The exhibit’s climbing wall, perches, waterfall, pool and foliage were constructed specifically to duplicate the natural habitat for jaguars. The exhibit features an enclosed ledge that allows the cats to climb up and over zoo visitors, giving guests and animals a truly unique view of each other. This unique design has now become very popular in zoos over the past decade but was first featured at Wildlife World in 1985.

The jaguar species has an extensive range throughout Central and South America and were once found throughout the southwest, including Arizona. Male jaguars can reach up to about 200lbs and are known to have the strongest bite of any feline species. Their stocky build allows them to climb with ease in their preferred rainforest habitat to stalk and ambush prey. While most jaguars are yellow with black spots, a sizable fraction of the population is black with black spots (melanistic).

Similar to many large predators across the globe, jaguars face an uncertain future due to poaching and deforestation resulting in habitat loss and fragmentation. Many are killed as a result of increasing human-animal conflicts over space and resources.

Wildlife World’s keepers and veterinarians have raised dozens of species of wild and endangered animals over the past 34 years, ensuring maximized genetic diversity in the zoological population with their breeding programs. With more than 600 species and 6000 animals on display, there’s always new arrivals at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park. Other babies on display include warthogs, black-backed jackals, colobus monkey, spider monkey, young capybara & several hoofed animal species like baby goats in the petting zoo and other youngsters throughout the 100-acre park. Last month, Wildlife World was honored to be named “the Best Zoo in Arizona” by Reader’s Digest Magazine. 

As an 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 in its 35-year history.

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.) 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 4:30 p.m.) Aquarium exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Admission includes access to the Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park.

For more info: (623) 935-WILD (9453) or visit Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter @ZooWildlife, and www.WildlifeWorld.com

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Wildlife World Zoo & Sanderson Ford Donate Truck for Antelope Conservation

Wildlife World Zoo & Sanderson Ford/Lincoln Donate F250 Truck for Antelope Conservation in Baja, Mexico!

On Wednesday, April 17th, Wildlife World Zoo along with our great friends, the Kimmerle family at Sanderson Ford presented the leaders of the project to save the very endangered Baja Peninsula Pronghorn Antelope with a slightly used F250 pickup truck for the use of people working in Baja to save these animals. These animals seem to be making a comeback after being down to just fifty in their native habitat. Sanderson Ford has been so much help to the Wildlife World over the years having donated four vans for our Education Programs and each year providing us with a feed truck for use by our hoofstock keepers and other zoo personnel. Thank you, David Kimmerle and the entire Kimmerle/Sanderson family for your super support all these years and doing such a great job to protect and conserve some of the world’s rarest animals!

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park Delivers Missing Information Critical to Sustaining Biodiversity!

Despite volumes of data currently available on mankind, it is surprising how little we know about other species. A paper published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) – using data recorded by Wildlife World Zoo in collaboration with other zoos and aquariums worldwide – confirms that critical information, such as fertility and survival rates, is missing from global data for more than 98 percent of known species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.

That changed when researchers added data from a previously untapped source, the Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS). Across classes of species, key blanks fill with salient data. Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park records their animal data in ZIMS, which is curated by wildlife professionals working within zoos, aquariums, refuge, research, and education centers in 97 countries. It is maintained by Species360, a non-profit member-driven organization that facilitates information sharing among its nearly 1,200 institutional members and is the world’s largest set of wildlife data. Wildlife World Zoo has been contributing data on their animals since 1985.

“It seems inconceivable. Yet scientists tasked with saving species often have to power through with best-guess assumptions that we hope approximate reality,” said lead researcher and Species360 Conservation Science Alliance director Dalia A. Conde.

A multidisciplinary team led by Species360 Conservation Science Alliance, with participants from 19 institutions, believes we can substantially increase what we know by applying new analytics to data that has been long overlooked – using data contributed by Wildlife World Zoo and other zoos and aquariums around the world. “Wildlife World has added data on 10361 birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals of 840 species, making a huge impact on the understanding of those species’ life histories. Providing that missing data – filling in those gaps – is game-changing for these species,” adds Mickey Ollson, the Director of Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park.

The team of 33 scientists including data analysts, biologists, and population dynamics specialists developed the first Species Knowledge Index to map just how much we know about species worldwide. The index aggregates, analyzes and maps data from 22 databases and the IUCN Red List of Threatened species.

As an 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 in its 35-year history.

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.) 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 4:30 p.m.) Aquarium exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Admission includes access to the Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park.

For more info: (623) 935-WILD (9453) or visit Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter @ZooWildlife, and www.WildlifeWorld.com

You Don’t Have to Wait for Lion King to Hit Theaters to See Lion Cubs, Jackals and Warthogs!!!

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park is excited to announce the birth of 3 African lion cubs, 2 baby warthogs and a litter of jackals!!!! The babies are receiving around-the-clock care by Wildlife World’s expert hand raising and veterinarian team.

The lion cubs receive bottles of formula, several times a day and are weighed daily. Over the next few weeks, they will begin the transition to include meat in their diet. As one of the most recognizable animal symbols in the world, African Lions were accurately the King of the Jungle. They are now listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN, due to habitat loss and pursuit in non-protected areas. Sadly, the population is believed to have fallen by up to 50% in the last 50 to 60 years.  Habitat loss and degradation along with increased poaching remain the biggest threats to these feline’s survival.

Easter weekend will be a great time to view these newborns on display inside Wildlife World’s Baby Animal Nursery. Thousands of children have enjoyed searching for eggs every year in the area next to the petting zoo, playground and train station at the Zoo’s northeast corner. Egg Hunts will be held on both Saturday, April 20th and Sunday, April 21st at 1:30 p.m. for children 7 years and under and at 3:30 p.m. for all children.  The Easter Egg Hunt is free with paid admission.

Wildlife World strives to maximize genetic diversity in the zoological population with their breeding programs. With more than 600 species and 6000 animals on display, there’s always new arrivals at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park. Other babies on display include Jr. the sea lion pup, a colobus monkey, spider monkey, twin red-handed tamarins & several hoofed animal species like baby goats in the petting zoo and other youngsters throughout the 100-acre park.

As an 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 in its 35-year history.

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.) 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 4:30 p.m.) Aquarium exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Admission includes access to the Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park.

Springtime Babies!!!

Springtime Babies at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park!!!!

Wildlife World is excited to announce the birth of several new species including, black-backed jackal pups and for the first time in the history of the park, a prehensile-tailed porcupine! However, the list doesn’t stop there! Wildlife World also welcomes both baby black swan and black-necked swans, an African blue duiker, capybara, Australian geese, crested screamer, and endangered addax, beisa oryx and Arabian oryx.

Like the Southwest’s coyotes, Black-Backed Jackals survive by hunting a variety of small animals and foraging on plant matter in Africa. Jackals are small predators with slender legs and large ears for cooling and are often found in arid grasslands.  The young pups can be seen being cared for by the park’s expert hand raising staff inside the Baby Animal Nursery.

Prehensile-tailed porcupines lives in the forest of several South American countries. They are excellent climbers and spend the majority of their time in trees. Their prehensile tails do not have spines and are used for stabilization and grasping while climbing as well as a means of hanging. The tail also has a callus pad near the ventral tip in order to help grasp branches and vines.

Wildlife World strives to maximize genetic diversity in the zoological population with their breeding programs. With more than 600 species and 6000 animals on display, there’s always new arrivals at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park. Other babies on display include Jr. the sea lion pup, a colobus monkey, spider monkey, twin red-handed tamarins & several hoofed animal species like baby goats in the petting zoo and other youngsters throughout the 100-acre park.

As an 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 in its 35-year history.

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.) 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 4:30 p.m.) Aquarium exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Admission includes access to the Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park.

33rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt At WILDLIFE WORLD ZOO, AQUARIUM & SAFARI PARK

33rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt At WILDLIFE WORLD ZOO, AQUARIUM & SAFARI PARK

For 33 years, Wildlife World has been pleased to host a children’s Easter Egg Hunt every Easter weekend.  Thousands of children have enjoyed searching for eggs every year in the area next to the petting zoo, playground and train station at the Zoo’s northeast corner.

Egg Hunts will be held on both Saturday, April 20th and Sunday, April 21st at 1:30 p.m. for children 7 years and under and at 3:30 p.m. for all children.  The Easter Egg Hunt is free with paid admission.

Wildlife World strives to maximize genetic diversity in the zoological population with their breeding programs. With more than 600 species and 6000 animals on display, there’s always new arrivals at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park. Other babies on display include Jr. the sea lion pup, a colobus monkey, spider monkey, twin red handed tamarins & several hoofed animal species like baby goats in the petting zoo and other youngsters throughout the 100-acre park.

Wildlife World’s keepers and veterinarians have raised dozens of species of wild and endangered animals over the past quarter century. Wildlife World strives to maximize genetic diversity in the zoological population with their breeding programs. With more than 6000 animals on display, there’s always new arrivals at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park.

As an 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 in its 35-year history.

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.) 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 4:30 p.m.) Aquarium exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Admission includes access to the Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park. 

For more info: (623) 935-WILD (9453) or visit Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter @ZooWildlife, and www.WildlifeWorld.com

Endangered Penguin BABY BOOM at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park!!!!

There is an endangered penguin baby boom taking place at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park. The park rang in the New Year celebrating the recent birth of 2 endangered African penguin chicks and the celebration continues as 2 more chicks just hatched! These are significant births for Wildlife World, as well as for animal conservation worldwide, as this endangered species is at serious risk of extinction! 

Wildlife World has been home to endangered black-footed penguins for decades and continues to experience great success with their endangered penguin breeding program, having raised 6 babies in the past 6 months!

Like many other species of birds, penguins usually stagger the laying of (two) eggs over several days to better ensure at least one chick survives. The chicks are about a week apart in age, and at 2 weeks old, they are noticeably different in size and are being well cared for and fed by both parents. In the wild, if the oldest chick thrives, the younger chick often does not, given its size disadvantage at feeding time. To ensure the survival of both chicks, Wildlife World’s expert penguin team weighs and closely monitors the chick’s health to ensure both are growing and getting enough nutrition.

Black-footed penguins are found on the south and south western coasts of Africa. They are also referred to as African or jackass penguins due to their unique call that sounds similar to a donkey’s bray. The biggest threats to wild penguin populations are declining food supplies, predation from land animals, pollution such as oil spills, and coastal habitat destruction affecting their nest sites.

Wildlife World strives to maximize genetic diversity in the zoological population with their breeding programs. With more than 600 species and 6000 animals on display, there’s always new arrivals at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park. Other babies on display include Jr. the sea lion pup, a colobus monkey, spider monkey, twin red handed tamarins & several hoofed animal species and other youngsters throughout the 100-acre park.

As an 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 in its nearly 35-year history.

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.) 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 7:00 p.m. Admission includes access to the Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park.  

For more info: (623) 935-WILD (9453) or visit us on Facebook, Instagram, on Twitter @ZooWildlife, and www.WildlifeWorld.com