Phoenix Zoo, Phoenix, AZ.

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Louise Speaks:  Today being a holiday we had an impromto trip to the Phoenix Zoo.  I had made a list of what was left to do in Arizona, that might be good for our blog and also when we scrapbook, what would be a good thing to say about Arizona.  The zoo of course made the list.  Turns out on of our friends has a membership and we could get in early and get in free today, so off we went.

I got to thinking.  All my kids were born in Phoenix so I know as children I have taken them to the zoo.  But since my youngest is 40 years old it has to have been about 35 years since I was here.  Many of the things look the same, but they have added so much.  The zoo grounds seemed to go on forever, and they have different displays and exhibits spread out.  Each of these displays have a different admission, but very affordable.  Today there was construction going on so we know there is more coming.

After walking around, you come to the realization that a zoo is a zoo.  Everyone still seems to have all the same animals and you can’t control their behaviour.  Since it is still hot in Phoenix, and since we arrived at 8:00 A.M. many of the animals were either still sleeping or taking cover from the heat.  But the main ones were visible, and some even posed for photos…or at least it seemed like they were posing.

We managed to see the entire zoo, didn’t do any  of the private exhibits and we were in and out in 4 hours.  However, to me, with temperatures in the high 90s, 4 hours was plenty.  I’m still glad we came today.  Glad to have an Arizona attraction off the list, and the state of Arizona is almost complete.  I keep saying, how is it that we live in this great state and yet we have completed other states before this one?  I guess maybe because there is just more to see in Arizona.

I’m not sure if I would come back to the zoo unless I was bringing young children.  Like I said before, a zoo is a zoo.  I would prefer seeing animals that are not the normal ones, like Polar Bears, Koala Bears or Panda Bears.  Although rare, they are in many zoos, but to see the usual lions, tigers and elephants, I’ve had my share of zoos.  That being said, the Phoenix Zoo is one of the cities biggest attractions, so our blog or our photo albums would not be complete without a trip here.  If you haven’t been here, it is worth a trip, at least a C rating; but expect to see the normal zoo animals…nothing out of the norm.


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