If a look at the website makes you smile, then imagine how thrilling a visit here would be! Housing Arizona's largest ... More
Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium
If a look at the website makes you smile, then imagine how thrilling a visit here would be! Housing Arizona's largest collection of exotic animals, Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium is located west of Phoenix and offers loads of excitement for kids and adults alike. A must-visit for any animal lover is the baby animal nursery. With over 500 species of animals housed in the zoo, there are many little ones you can watch being cared for. Other attractions include the children's petting zoo, the African safari ride, and the lory parrot feeding. Keep the kids engaged while you enjoy your lunch at Dillon's Restaurant, located next to the shark tank inside the aquarium. Congo Cooker is a good option if you prefer light eats.
Why do all the employees act like you aren't even there? Even the one in the gift shop totally ignored us. One exception: the girl operating the skyride was friendly, engaging and a breath of fresh air compared to all the others. Give her a raise!! What a bunch of "sour" people. Are you that hard to work for?
A lot of people have made comments about the ridiculous prices at this zoo. It's true. $31 for an adult is outrageous. We had a 2-for-1 coupon, and still felt we overpaid, especially when you consider the train was $4, the merry-go-round was $2.50, and the log flume was $6 per person. We started with the aquarium and it was pretty nice; three separate enclosed buildings, and lots of diversity. The log flume goes through one of the aquariums (through an acrylic tube, naturally), and you get a decent view of some tiny gators... I think that it would have been worth about $1.50.
Then we went to the zoo portion and saw birds. Then some more birds, and then there was a cage of birds. Every now and then you'd spot a monkey or something, but for the first hour it was pretty much just birds. On the park map, half the cages are named with a specific animal. The rest just say "birds." Of the ones that are named with specific names, half of those names are birds (flamingo, Emu, etc). If you're into birds, you'll love this place. If you've visited a decent zoo before, this place will make you depressed.
We attended one of their shows as well, the 'Wildlife Encounters' show. It consisted of six separate animals: A bird, a fox, a bird, two tortoises, and a bird. It lasted about 8 minutes, and we had to listen to about 10 minutes of "Just you watch the best!" Crappy Fox news 8 songs before it started. Which leads me to my other complaint... advertisements. As if charging everyone an arm and a leg to enter wasn't enough, each enclosure is sponsored by some company... AZ Lutheran school, Sonna Bella weight loss, etc. Easy money, I suppose, but it's a bit of an eyesore, next to all these posters about how serious the situation is for such-and-such an animal, but eat at KFC...
Overall, it seemed like an expensive, dirty place and a waste of the day. If it wasn't for the petting zoo where my daughter was able to pet a goat, it would have been a total loss, and frankly, that's the only reason I give it two stars.
My family and I recently visit the Aquarium and loved it. We went at night so that we can view the Aquarium only. It was very quiet and not crowded at all. They had alot of different aquariums to view. The had a touch tank that you were able to touch starfish, pencil urchin, horseshoe crab and spiny lobster. They also had a tide pool where you could touch stingrays. They are fascinating to view and touch. They have a log ride that travels thru a part of the Aquarium. But unfortunately it does not run at night. We want to go back soon and view the whole entire zoo. We highly recommend this Aquarium. It is great for the money and wonderful experience for the whole entire family.
I loved the diversity, and the friendliness of animals and staff! The aquarium fish were as interested in us as we were of them -- great exhibits too. Don't miss the lorikeet feeding because it's fun for kids of any age (even you older kids -- I mean adults). The wildlife show is short but sweet. A great way to spend the day (and we didn't give a rip about the rides because we were there to see the animals).
My recent visit to this place was just terrible. What did I pay for exactly? The price of $28 did not include anything inside the park, not the train, boat, the water ride. This place was tagged "The Money Pit" by myself and my guest.
Some of the young staff were just plain rude and drove those carts around without a care in the world for the animals or the patrons. One headed right for us and at the last minute zoomed around us. Maybe you should pay someone other than minimum wage teens to care for the park. The whole package was a joke. Even the ticket sales woman looked annoyed, as if she would rather be shot then be there.
I felt sorry for many of the animals in captivity as their living conditions were far from acceptable. One sign even said they live in "Lush Green Forest" and yet they were in a dry cage with some bark? You seriously need to reconsider how these animals are treated.
I would never come here again and will do my best to spread the word so that others can be aware of this Money Pit!
this zoo is poorly maintained, dried out bushes and no flowers for color. people could walk through the gift shop into the park without paying. your receipt for the $26.60 for adults and 14.95 for children was a map of the zoo. Nice receipt! Staff had very poor attitudes and extremely rude. 3 water fountains in entire place! One was covered in bird poop and the other was covered in red ants. Very limited shade, the wooden walkways had loose boards, the animal exhibits overgrown, the petting zoo had some aggressive animals that tried to eat my husbands shirt and there was pee puddles and someone who looked "like someone please shoot me" scooping up poop. the aquarium was decent except for the staff member at the stingray exhibit yelling at the top of her lungs at the people in the exhibit. Never again would I subject my children 5 and 7 years old to this horrible place!!
Close to animals. Not crowded. The entry fee did not include other parts of zoo. Had to pay extra for boat ride, tram ride and train ride.
Did not have time to all of the park. Our own fault we when late.
I went to the Opening of the Aquarium with my parents, 3 boys, and husband. It came to $250. I also went to the new restraunt and that cost $80. They did not have some of the animals they were suppose to have. My mother said something to the manager about it, he told her off, said they had never had complaints before. She wasn't complaining, she just felt that if you're going to charge an arm and a leg to get in that you should have all the animals that you said you were going to have. The zoo did a really nice job with the new addition, but failed to remodel, or at least give the old part of the zoo a new coat of paint. My father did not want my boys on the merry-go-round from the old part of the zoo because it looked and sounded as if it were about the break down and fall apart from being so old, but it was the cheapest ride. I have never spent that kind of money on an attraction, but I was very excited about the new aquarium and we don't go out very much, especially with the grandparents, so I splurged. I wish I had asked someone else about their experience before I went.
Too pricey. Has doubled since last year (both admission and membership) Restaraunt not the high quality it advertises. food good at best but a nice shark tank.
Extras too much after paying large admission price. (train-6, boat-2, log ride $6??? for almost 2 minutes and one drop, skyride $4-6, stingray feeding $3 for a container of 3 half shrimp) Not enough refreshmentf carts.
Good for one time trip will not renew membership this year due to large increase in $$$$$$
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