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“A different kind of zoo”

Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium
Reviewed June 5, 2012

Quite a few other reviewers complained about the dirt paths everywhere, but in truth I would rather they did that instead of paving everything over with concrete. It felt more like the animals were in a more natural surrounding, especially the exhibits for the gazelles, antelopes, oryx, zebras, and african wild dogs. Yes, the price is a bit steep, and yes, they charge you for extras like the train and boat rides. Of course, the grandkids wanted to do it all! The train ride is particularly fascinating because they route it through a gated enclosure out into an artificial "savannah" where you rumble past free-to-roam gazelles, ostriches, waterbucks, and antelopes. The aquarium was pretty good for being out in the middle of the desert. The kids were fascinated with the "touchy-feely" tanks of sea urchins and rays. It was a fun afternoon for all of us, but I'd look for coupons if we go again.

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Reviewed June 4, 2012

We headed out w/ no expectations of what was to come! This place is awesome! There are huge exhibits of monkeys (there are no great apes) birds, reptiles, small mammals and an aquarium. These kept us busy til lunch time at Dillon's Restaurant, which has a window looking into the shark cage. There are numerous displays of large mammals, including a rhino, some tigers, lions, jaguars and leopards, giraffes and a great variety of deer and antelopes. What we expected to be a two or three hour visit turned into seven hours! There are other venues for lunch and snacks. The only down side we saw was there are several rides within the zoo for which there is an additional charge - kids will spot them right away, and a family of four will already have spent close to $100 to get in the gate.

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Reviewed June 3, 2012

The prices for this place are a little on the crazy side for the very little bit there is to look at. As far as zoos and aquariums go this seems to be the place for retired animals. The best part was the farm animal/petting zoo area, the goats are super cute but they will try to eat your clothes so pet at your own risk :-)

Thank WonkyPop
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Reviewed June 3, 2012

Great experience on everything , but if you eat at Dillons don't eat with the Flamingo's if you are smell sensitive.

Thank Jim C
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

Our family of 3 went Saturday of hte Memorial Day weekend....the weather was supposed to be in the 80's, and so we thought the perfect time to go!! Not unreasonable price to get in, but was a little disapppointed that some of the activities were "extra", such as the water log ride, the sky ride, and the train ride. But didn't need to get wet, and you could pretty much see everything walking that you could see from the sky ride and the train ride. There is a schedule for certain events, that if possible I would recomend looking at before going. You don't want to miss the "Parrot feeding", where you can enter the parrot cage and actually feed the parrots apples...they even land on your hand to eat!! Kids LOVE it....and so do the adults!! And the show where they bring out some of the animals one at a time and talk is pretty cool, as well! There was really a great offering of animals to see - big and little! And the aquarium was very impressive. One thing that I definitely liked was that they let you bring in your own water (how could they not in Arizona!). But they do have a couple of "cafes" throughout the park, as well, for drinks and snackies! There is a very nice restaurant, Dillon's....casual and fun on the "bar" side, and a bit more "formal" on the restaurant side (where you actually sit on the other side of the aquarium and watch the sharks while you eat!)...very cooL! We ate on the bar side with the pink flamingos (really!), as there was no wait, and we were hungry! BBQ was good, but they also had lots to choose from on the menu. Gift shops offered lots of momentos to take home! Would totally refer this to anyone, and plan to return again!!

Thank cejtaj
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