Established in 1962, the Phoenix Zoo is one of America’s most popular zoos. The zoo was founded by Robert Maytag, who had been working with animals his whole life and operated on land that was once part of an Indian mission until it became Papago Park during colonial times, when Spanish settlers built their homes near what would later become known as “Maytages Addition” or simply “the campus.” Nowadays, 125 acres (51 ha) make up this great institution, which houses many different species from all over the Earth, including Tibetola monkeys.
There are over 1,400 animals at the zoo, and they come from all around–the American Southwest, Africa, and even some pets in a special section for kids. There’s so much to see here that it would take days just to explore each themed trail with its unique collection of creatures. But don’t worry because if you get tired or worried about getting lost along your adventure, then there is plenty more where this came from with over 2.5 miles (4 km) of walking trails through four main themed areas or trails: The Arizona Trail (American Southwest flora and fauna), the Africa Path (animal life from across their savanna grasslands), the Tropics Way, where you can find all sorts of wonderful tropical plants specimen trees, and last but not least, the children’s play zone, which has an interactive farm.
The zoo is a conservation-minded institution that has been protecting animals since its inception. Soon after it opened, the last few Arabian oryxes were saved from extinction and became “the world herd” created in Operation Oryx, eventually allowing their reintroduction into nature once again. The sanctuary cares deeply about these endangered species to ensure they have lifelong homes where needed.
Whether you’re looking for an awe-inspiring educational experience or just want something fun, there is a trail at the Phoenix Zoo that will suit your taste. They’ve got it all, from exhibits representing Africa and its native wildlife to seeing how they live in their natural habitats or stepping inside Arizona’s Sonoran desert with our vividly colored landscapes as the backdrop.
The Arizona Trail is a great way to get close and personal with nature. You can expect several plants that are native only to the Sonoran Desert, such as saguaro cacti. And don’t forget about all of animal life on this hike – there might even be coyotes or javelinas somewhere out looking for food during your trip too. The best part? Ecologists have specially designed this trail, so you’re sure not only see but smell these signature species along every step taken forward down into their natural habitats.