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About Phoenix Zoo

Situated on 51 hectares of land in Phoenix’s Papago Park area, this privately-owned, not-for-profit zoo is the largest of its kind in the United States. It is home to more than 1,400 animals, with an admirable approach to conservation that has seen it recognised as a “Phoenix Point of Pride”.

The Phoenix Zoo’s four themed areas are traversed by numerous walking trails, including the “Arizona Trail” which features plants and animals from America’s Southwest such as coyote, cougar and Mexican wolf. There is also an extensive Africa section which is home to Masai giraffe, Grevy’s zebra and African painted dogs, and includes the “Desert Lives” trail which ventures into Butte County home to Arabian oryx and bighorn sheep. There is also a “Tropics Trail” where rainforest fauna such as orangutans and ring-tailed lemurs can be viewed, as well as Asian elephants, Sumatran tigers and Galapagos tortoises in the “Isle of the Tiger” exhibit. A “Children’s Trail” and petting zoo are highlights for younger visitors, allowing interactions with emus, tamarins and ocelots, while the “Harmony Farm” offers up-close encounters with a range of farm animals. The Phoenix Zoo also boasts a large touch tank within what is known as “Stingray Bay” where visitors can get hands-on with rays and bamboo sharks, while camel rides and giraffe encounters are also available. The Phoenix Zoo cares for endangered and unwanted animals within its on-site sanctuary and has played an important role in “Operation Oryx” which reintroduced Arabian oryx to the wild. Their staff have also conducted captive breeding programs for black-footed ferrets, thick-billed parrots and Ramsey Canyon leopard frogs before reintroduction to the wild.

The entrance to the Phoenix Zoo is located off Galvin Parkway and can be accessed by public bus services from Phoenix or by private vehicle, with car parking available on site. A “Safari Train” also traverses the zoo grounds offering guided tours throughout the day for those who don’t want to explore on foot.

The Phoenix Zoo was designed by Robert Maytag who played an influential role in forming what is now the Arizona Center for Nature Conservation. Although he died just a few months before its opening in 1962, it was originally called the Maytag Zoo in his honour, before being renamed the Phoenix Zoo in 1963.

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NEW Modern Papago Park Condo w/ Resort Amenities

NEW Modern Papago Park Condo w/ Resort Amenities
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Camelback East, Phoenix
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Barbara Place 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Home

Barbara Place 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Home
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Tempe, Arizona
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Located in Tempe, Barbara Place 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Home is a short drive from Arizona State University and Scottsdale Fashion Square. Guests can also enjoy complimentary internet access in all areas.

Agave Grove 2 BR by Casago

Agave Grove 2 BR by Casago
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Camelback East, Phoenix
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Located in Phoenix, Agave Grove 2 BR by Casago is within a 10-minute drive of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and provides a swimming pool. Those staying at the property can also take advantage of free Wi-Fi access during their stay.

Hot Tub+Ping Pong+Pool - Scottsdale/Tempe Border

Hot Tub+Ping Pong+Pool - Scottsdale/Tempe Border
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Tempe, Arizona
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Papago Inn Ascend Hotel Collection

Papago Inn Ascend Hotel Collection
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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Very Good, 8.1
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Papago Inn Ascend Hotel Collection is located in Scottsdale and features free Wi-Fi. It also offers a safe, an outdoor pool and a 24-hour reception.

Motel 6 Phoenix East

Motel 6 Phoenix East
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Camelback East, Phoenix
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6.1
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Motel 6 Phoenix East is located in Phoenix and provides guests with wireless internet. Those staying at the property have access to an outdoor pool and a sun deck.

AC Hotel by Marriott Phoenix Tempe/Downtown

AC Hotel by Marriott Phoenix Tempe/Downtown
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Tempe, Arizona
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Superb, 9.0
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AC Hotel by Marriott Phoenix Tempe/Downtown is located in Tempe and features free Wi-Fi. Surrounded by local bars and restaurants, it is a short walk from 3rd Street and Mill Avenue Light Rail Station.

Park Suites at 112 - One Bedroom Apartment

Park Suites at 112 - One Bedroom Apartment
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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Located in Scottsdale, Park Suites at 112 - One Bedroom Apartment is within a 20-minute drive of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and offers a swimming pool. Guests can also enjoy free internet access in all areas.

Park Suites at 130 - One Bedroom Apartment

Park Suites at 130 - One Bedroom Apartment
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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Park Suites at 130 - One Bedroom Apartment is situated in Scottsdale and offers free Wi-Fi. It provides a swimming pool, and is a short walk from Skysong the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center.

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