Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium

Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium

Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Nov 2022
One of the best experiences is feeding the giraffes, but every part of the zoo is amazing. There is so much to see, it is impossible to do in a day. Go early, take a break for lunch and then return. Best time is early December before Christmas for the weather and much less croweded. Bring quarters to feed the animals at various stations (50 cents per feeding). I would not recommend visiting when the temperature is 100 plus degrees due to exhaustion and smells.
Expensive but get a discount on Groupon. The tram and sky lift is a great way to view parts of the park and lasts about 15 minutes. The sea lion show is pretty cool too. It will hold the attention of children 3 plus. The rides are an additional $6 but the show is free. I have visited this zoo for my fourth time and still haven't seen it all. I live 15 minutes away so I frequent it when family come in town. They love it!
Written December 7, 2022
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Andrea C
Avondale, AZ97 contributions
Oct 2020 • Family
This was a family trip with out of state family. This is easy to get too right off the 303 hwy. Great prices on Groupon for tickets keep in mind that it’s best to print the ticket other wise your in line for ever trying to get signal to pull up the ticket. There is a lot of walking so wear comfortable shoes. A great tip: take a frozen bottle of water for each family member that goes with you. It melts and by the time people start asking for a drink that can have something refreshing. Be sure to take cash and a roll of quarters with you. The cash is for the $6/person cost for the train,Tram, and sky ride inside the park. The quarters are for feeding the giraffes and other animals. With Covid you will have to wear a mask the entire time your inside the park unless you are taking and drink or eating at one of the many food courts or Dillion’s restaurant. If you have someone who has trouble walking it’s worth the $20 cost for a wheelchair to use for the whole day. We enjoyed our time i would recommend doing the Safari side first just because it is new and there is very little shade on that side of the park. The older section has tons of shade so it’s better to do in the afternoon. It took about 5 hours to do the whole park mind you this was with a wheelchair and 8 kids ranging from 5-16yrs old. All in all we had a great time...
Written October 13, 2020
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J T
4 contributions
Dec 2022
Easily underrated. We came on a weekday in December on a perfect day with no crowds to fight. While a few things being closed was disappointing (although understandable, if based on attendance/volume), we were there five hours and pleasantly occupied the entire time. We were able to get great visibility to almost all animals, get almost everywhere with a wheelchair, and had a great experience. There were more animals here, with better visibility, than some of the city zoos I've been to. The only negative thing I could say is that with the amount of land, I'd rather see a few less repeat animals so that more could have larger enclosures.
Written December 7, 2022
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Michelle Sindy
Knoxville, TN19 contributions
Oct 2021
This was an awesome place! We only expected to need 3-4 hours (as we were told by a local family member) and were not expecting to have to come back for a second day. Plan to spend your entire day here if you expect to see everything. Unfortunately, we had only allotted for about 4 hours and we ran out of time.

We have been to many zoos, aquariums and amusement parks before but we were not prepared for how massive this property is. There were SO many different varieties/species, it was incredible. We thought it a bit odd and interesting there were some of the same species and even type of animal/bird that were in different places/areas; I can only imagine it's difficult to keep up with them all. We saw new animals we hadn't seen before, which is rare for us. (One of the employees said they loan out animals to other zoos, etc., so maybe this had something to do with it.)

You will likely spend about 85% of your time in the zoo and 15% in the aquarium, as it's much smaller and still very cool. Make sure you bring your water bottle, had and sunscreen because you will be out in the hot sun for most of the time you are there.

We were very disappointed in the lack of cool souvenirs - I was looking for a really cool t-shirt that was 100% cotton and I didn't care of any of them. Bring cash if you are going to want to do any of the attraction/rides (about $6/person for each ride).

The park is well laid out so you don't feel like you are just walking in a circle, so make sure you follow the map to see where you are going (the map does need to be updated though; some things were not where they were supposed to be).

A super fun time and we spend the extra money to come back for the second day to make sure we saw everything. Enjoy!
Written October 31, 2021
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Ruth B
Seattle, WA61 contributions
Oct 2021 • Solo
I would have given this place 4.5/5 stars if I could. The only thing I had against it is that they don’t accept credit or debit cards anywhere. Everything is cash only which I was not aware of until I was inside. Otherwise, this is a mostly well kept up zoo and aquarium featuring many exotic animals, from Africa and South America and other locations. If you have cash then you can go on the zip line, the train ride, the water log ride, the safari style tour car ride and the few rollercoasters available. You can get up close and personal with many of the animals which I absolutely loved. Be prepared for lots of walking since the park is very large and also bring hydration and sunblock! Fun for all ages!
Written October 13, 2021
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Mary M
Tulsa, OK1,586 contributions
Mar 2020
My adult daughter and her friend took me to visit this zoo on the first Monday in March, 2020. It was literally one of the last activities I did before the world shut down due to COVID19, and we had such a wonderful day and made memories that will last a lifetime.

We arrived around noon. I was shocked at the high admission price ($40+ per person for adults), but my daughter's friend was a member, so she used one of her passes for my admission.

As we began to walk around, I was very impressed with how clean and well cared for the animals and the grounds look. The animals appeared healthy and relatively happy.

The sheer number of exhibits is large, and you can easily spend hours walking from one to the next, admiring the beautiful animals. One of my favorites was the new baby Jaguar, Onyx.

We had lunch at the large, onsite restaurant, and then continued our day of walking around admiring all the animals. We had a wonderful day. I would recommend this zoo to anyone who loves animals and enjoys zoos.
Written September 1, 2020
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Travelers2003
Wyoming, United States23 contributions
Mar 2021
This zoo has more a natural setting than Phoenix Zoo. Made it seem like animals were in their habitat as it should be (for zoo life). The best parts are the Sky Ride and Tram Ride! The sky ride is great because you can see most animals that are in the central location and it cuts out on walking time, plus it’s a fun view looking down or across all animals. The tram was fun because you had close up views of some animals. Both rides were $6/per person....which was fine but website should’ve indicated this, so one can be prepared. Every zoo needs a sky ride!!
The Aquarium was interesting but very dark.
West entrance needs signage indicating two lines can form upon entering. People were confused and stayed in the Admissions line when in fact the gift shop entrance was accepting admission as well. This would’ve helped the long line! I had prepaid online and showed my tickets for them to scan but they said only the main entrance has a scanner so she wrote my name down. All entrances should be equipped with a scanner(s).
Great zoo and would recommend!
Written March 18, 2021
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Cameron V
6 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
I most recently visited the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, which is acclaimed the #1 in the US., But I have to say my experience at the Wildlife World in AZ was even better. The map was easy to follow and you end up seeing every attraction. Having the log ride go through the aquarium was creative. Immersive and semi subversive. There were plenty of shaded areas along the paths and food/beverage options spread through the complex. "Neals" at the Giraffe lookout took time to chat with me and share some history of the zoo and himself, I appreciated that personal touch. He knew his stuff. Parking was a hop (no skip or jump) away from the entry. All staff were polite and answered and questions/provided directions. Almost all animals were active and or visible, and if one was sleeping there was another exhibit with the same animal moseying about. Will recommend/return. Thank you for the experience
Written June 28, 2022
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Nishidha W
10 contributions
Feb 2021 • Family
Hi

On Feb 13th, 2021. I planned a wildlife world zoo trip with my husband, 2 kids and my mother.

Everything was good until we reached to Safari Tram Ride at 4:30pm they said they r close, however we checked with other rides staff and they were also shocked to know why Tram Ride was closed early as all rides should b open at least until 5pm. My mother who is a heart, high BP and Sugar patient and due to her old age she was unable to walk much we decided to take Safari Tram Ride. We rushed there after Sea Lion show and to our shock lady at ticket counter said that she doesn’t know why they are closing at 4:30pm as she is new here and it’s windy so gates are not opening properly, well in that case they should cancel all rides not only Tram. We reached 2 mins prior to 4:30pm but she said it’s closed. My mom is a visitor in US and came here to meet us and to see places in and around Arizona. She is leaving US next week.2 years before we visited Zoo that time also they closed early but luckily that time we were able get ride.. this incident turned our mood off. Rest everything was good.. shows were amazing but at Sea Lion show they allow to sit at social distancing due to COVID but if crowd is more people stand outside or near by without any social distancing so I don’t see a point keeping social distancing only at seating area.. k
Written February 14, 2021
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courtney k
GILBERT31 contributions
Dec 2019
This zoo beats the Phoenix zoo for sure. It's amazing the variety of animals that they have there. We went on 12/31/19 and the animals were very active since the weather was nice. There is so much to see. We went to the aquariums first, then the sea lion show which was really cute and my daughter was picked to participate in the show! After that we explored the rest of the zoo which had so many different animals, it's hard to describe. Bring your walking shoes, because you will spend all day there. We were there for 5 hours and still didn't see everything. Pack snacks/lunch as they do have a few cafes in the park. The zoobertos (mexican food) was just okay, I'm not sure how the other cafes compare. We did not go on any rides, but I know that they cost extra and anything x3 kiddos is a lot when you add on cost of admission and food.
Written January 3, 2020
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