What is there to do in boring Phoenix, Arizona anyway? Why not take a trip to the fabulous Phoenix Zoo? The zoo is open from 9am to 5pm. Admission rates are $25 for adults 14 years and older, and for children between the ages of 3-13, admission is $17. Alternately, you can become a zoo member. An individual plan begins at $69. A couples plan is $109. For a family, which includes 2 adults and 4 children, the fee is $179, and for family plus, which includes 3 adults and up to 6 children, the fee is $279.
One of the most fun things to do at the Phoenix Zoo is the Discovery Tour. This tour is a 75-minute tour guided through the zoo on an eco-shuttle. Price for this tour is $74 per person 14 and over, or $64 per child aged 3-13. If you’re a member of the zoo, the price is $49. Reservations for this tour must be made online at least 48 hours in advance. All guests must wear masks on this tour that properly cover your nose and mouth. The cart will stop in front of various exhibits for photo opportunities as you ride through the zoo and learn all about the animals.
If you want to support the zoo in a unique way, the Phoenix Zoo has compiled several Amazon Wish lists from which to buy various items for the keepers and the animals! Buy toys for the tigers, the elephants, or the primates, including equipment for the keepers. If you want to give something beyond a monetary gift, this is the way to go. All links to the wish lists can be found on the Phoenix Zoo’s website.
The zoo also has a periodical magazine! These magazines are released every two months digitally online. They feature articles on various animals, as well as tips for conservation and education about the habitats of the animals at the zoo. You’ll be able to learn all about upcoming events at the zoo and have an insider’s look at what’s to come.
During this time of Covid-19, the zoo has evolved to bring you Animal Zooms. Certain animals are available for live Zoom webinars for 15 minutes at a time. These animals will be with a keeper who can answer all your questions and share fun facts about the star of the show. Animal Zooms vary by date and time, so be sure you check out their schedules on the Phoenix Zoo website.
The zoo also has various online activities, both for at home and for school. These range from asking a zookeeper to online learning in a virtual field trip experience. Whether you decide to go online and experience the zoo at home or come to the zoo and visit all the amazing animals, you’ll be sure to have an excellent time getting to know the creatures of our beautiful planet.
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