2401 East Camelback Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85016 USA
Phone:  +1 (602) 468-0700   •  Map & Directions


From the moment of arrival, we welcome kids to The Ritz-Carlton by encouraging them to explore the sights and sounds of the Phoenix family hotel and its environment. Guided by playfulness and a sense of wonder, Ritz Kids delights and engages your children to interact with their surroundings in a fresh and exciting way, while introducing them to the four important pillars of Ritz Kids discovery: Water, Land, Environmental Responsibility and Culture.

Phoenix Zoo

455 N. Galvin Parkway - Website

Voted one of the nation’s top 5 zoos for kids!!!

How big is the Zoo? We have 125 acres of land including exhibit, non-exhibit and operations areas.

How long do we need to see the entire Zoo? We have approximately 2.5 miles of walking trails. The Zoo has been divided into four different trails; usually the Africa and Tropics Trails take about an hour each and the Arizona and Children’s Trails take about a half hour each. We recommend approximately 2 and a half to 3 hours to see the Zoo, depending on the size and ages of your group, and how fast you walk. Because we create exhibits that replicate the natural habitats of our collection, some animals can be difficult to see and visitors may be required to spend more time in observation.

How many animals do you have in your collection? We have approximately 1,200 animals on exhibit at our Zoo, including our collections of mammals, fish, invertebrates, birds, and reptiles.

Wildlife World Zoo

165th Avenue & Northern Avenue - Website

Home of new baby tigers – Nash & Raja – named after 2 of the Phoenix Suns Basketball players.

At the Wildlife World Zoo, we strive to achieve the highest standards for our animals, our customers, and ourselves. Since 1984 one of the Wildlife World Zoo's primary goals has been to educate Arizonians about the importance of conserving of all species of animals and the places they call home.

Our Mission:  We will endeavor to be recognized locally and nationally as an excellent zoological park exhibiting and explaining the wonders of the natural world. The four key purposes of the Wildlife World Zoo are; conservation, recreation, education, and non-invasive scientific studies.

Zoo Profile:  At 22 years old and growing stronger, Wildlife World Zoo has Arizona's largest collection of exotic animals, totaling over 2400 individual animals representing nearly 400 species.  Mickey Ollson is the Director and Founder of the Wildlife World Zoo. He opened the zoo in 1984, after several years of raising exotic animals, mainly birds. From the beginning he has believed that exotic animals are the stars of the show, up- close and personal for the visitors.  Wildlife World Zoo brings together over 2400 individual animals representing more than 350 different species. In our exhibits you will see endangered hoofed animals in grassy pastures, rare birds in flight in their naturalistic aviaries, remarkable reptiles, fascinating fish and amazing small mammals. Through this living environment over three million visitors have passed, explored and learned.

Out of Africa Wildlife Park

Camp Verde, AZ – Approximately 90 miles from Phoenix - Website

Just recently celebrated its second anniversary in its new home in Camp Verde, Arizona…

Out of Africa Wildlife Park was founded in 1988 by Dean and Prayeri Harrison and is home to 400 animals who occupy a 104-acre preserve. The park was created for wild animals to live in a setting simulating their native environment. The animals enjoy natural, spacious habitats and share close relationships with their caregivers. The founders of the park have developed unique features and interactive ways in which the public can share in one-of-a-kind wildlife experiences: the Serengeti Safari, the Wildlife Preserve, the Giant Snake Show, and the Predator Feed.

The location in Camp Verde has greatly expanded habitats for its large African animals including giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, sables, rhinoceros, lions, leopards, hyena, and other exotic creatures from around the world. At 3,400 feel elevation, the facility also enjoys cooler temperatures year round and offers a high desert environment similar to the Masai region of Africa.

Future Plans: Tiger Splash Arena: Due to much rain, and delays in construction, the building of the arena and all that is needed for the Tiger Splash Show at Out of Africa Wildlife Park is taking longer than anticipated. So far, the arena has seats, the pool is in and green grass surrounds the pool area. The Park is now constructing Tiger safe walkways and new visitor restrooms. Out of Africa Wildlife Park is very excited about the completion of Tiger Splash and being able to share the Tiger Splash show with visitors. Reptile Village: A reptile village is currently being constructed for the cold blooded creatures: giant pythons, anacondas, iguanas, monitor lizards and cobras. When completed, you’ll be able to see different species living together in temperature controlled solariums and outside gardens. Casa Macaw: This will be constructed in a modular fashion. Large parrots from the rain-forest will be seen and heard up-close by visitors. Various species living together is the trademark of OUT OF AFRICA WILDLIFE PARK and CASA MACAW will be no exception.

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