This zoo is best to see on a cool day because there is a lot of walking which can take the whole day if you like, especially with small children who take small steps. In which case I would recommend a wagon or stroller because they may tire out before the whole zoo is seen. There is a dining room which is blessedly air conditioned and a refuge from the summer heat, and the requisite gift store. We have visited this zoo about 3 times now and each time more has been added so it is a new experience everytime, and again, good for kids who need to run off energy and can make all the noise they want without interrupting anyone. It's also a great alternative to the Phoenix Zoo on the east side of the valley which could be prohibited because of the long drive if one lives on the west side of the valley. This one has a more wild-and-woolly feel to to, with less paving, and is more open. My favorite exhibits are the giraffe one where you can buy handfuls of giraffe pellets (bring quarters for the machine) right up close (see pictures), and they generally stay around as long as people are feeding them from the observation deck. We also saw them out in the yard running around and playing with one another, and there was a dear baby giraffe to see. The other one I really like is the bird aviary which, during posted feeding times, you can enter and hold out fruit bits which the birds will fly to you for, and sit right on your hand to eat. Very cool. I would suggest calling ahead or checking the website to verify feeding times because there are a few hours in between so you'd want to plan your trip to include one of those times. There is also a petting zoo with baby deer, goats, the usual which is shaded (more food pellet machines there too). They have added an aquarium so now there is a whole new section with lots of things to see, and is cooler when it gets warm outside. This is a really good way to spend the day, especially with kids.
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