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Unique Stork and Other "Presents" Arrive for the Holidays at Wildlife World Zoo
Wildlife World Zoo is now home to several new animals including New Guinea Singing Dog pups, a baby African Crested Porcupine, African Impalas, and a unique Saddle-Billed Stork, also from Africa, that stands about 5 feet tall. Some of the animals were recently born at the zoo while others arrived from other institutions.
Visitors can enjoy viewing the playful antics of the singing dog pups. They are just now old enough to explore the world outside their earthen dens under the watchful eye of their mother. The same is true for the young crested porcupine. With the arrival of impalas from Busch Gardens in Tampa, Wildlife World Zoo adds another species to its extensive, and in many cases, endangered hoofed animal collection. Impalas are medium sized gazelles that tend to form large herds, often mingling with other herding species such as zebra. Males have long, lyre-shaped horns that are lacking in females.
Like the impalas, the saddle-billed stork is a new species for Wildlife World Zoo. Named for a saddle-shaped shield at the base of their bill, these wading birds are found in tropical habitats. Their unusual bill is used to sift marshes in search of insects, fish and other aquatic animals.
The Wildlife World Zoo is located at 16501 W. Northern Ave., Litchfield Park, AZ 85340. We are open 365 days a year, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daytime admission is $16.99 for adults and $8.99 for children 3 to 12, children two and under are free. For more information contact Mickey Ollson, Zoo Director, or Antoinette Cancellaro, at (623) 935-WILD (9453) or visit www.Wildlifeworld.com.