Everything You Need to Know About the Phoenix Zoo

Thinking about going to the Phoenix Zoo for Zoo lights, an event, for something to do in Phoenix with your kids, or even a birthday party?

These are common reasons people in Arizona go to the Phoenix Zoo. However before you go to the Phoenix Zoo we have listed some resources and things you should know about the zoo in Phoenix that can make your day at the zoo even better. Also, if you have kids and want to get them excited or prepared you should consider Zoo related books like this on Amazon.

The first thing you should consider to save you and your friends or family some money is a Phoenix Zoo coupon or coupons to save per admission. Sometimes you can find a really good Phoenix Zoo Groupon like this one or you can get Phoenix Zoo Coupons here.

Print Coupons

Official Phoenix Zoo coupons can be found in Savvy Shopper mailers and on the back of Phoenix Zoo brochures, which are located across the Valley in local hotels and tourist information centers. You may find official coupons elsewhere; however the offer is subject to change. Please see coupon for any restrictions.

Online Coupons

The Zoo does not accept any coupons from other websites, such as RetailMeNot or other online coupon websites. These websites often share unofficial coupons that are not valid at the Zoo. We attempt to remove these coupons whenever possible.

Also, to receive a discount without a coupon, you must have valid photo identification. Discounts may not be combined with any other offer and are not valid on online or advanced tickets.

The discounts listed below apply to daytime admission only.

Senior (ages 60+)$5 Off
Military (ages 14-59)$5 Off – discount applies only to identified cardholders
Student (ages 14-59)$5 Off – discount applies only to identified cardholders
AAA Member$2 Off – discount applies to the entire party


And the Phoenix Zoo as Phoenix Zoo Membership

Which start at $69 for an adult and include unlimited visists for a full year as well as some of these Phoenix Zoo membership benefits.

Membership Benefits:

  • Unlimited FREE daytime admission to the Phoenix Zoo for one full year
  • FREE or discounted admission to more than 150 zoos and aquariums
  • Early entry to the Zoo one hour before opening
  • 10% discount at the Phoenix Zoo’s Desert Marketplace Gift Shop
  • Discounts on special events and advanced viewing of new exhibits
  • Discounts on WILD Birthdays, programs and camps
  • Discounts on stroller and wheelchair rentals
  • Exclusive invitations to member only events and exhibit premieres
  • Advance notice of Zoo events and happenings
  • Discounts on encounters and experiences
  • Subscription to Wild Times, the official Zoo magazine
  • Email updates and news from the Zoo’s zNews
  • Members only preview nights of ZooLights (admission fees apply)
  • Special Zoo member subscription rate for Raising Arizona Kids Magazine
  • Full or partial tax deduction and support for a great non-profit organization while enjoying your wonderful Zoo all year!

Another important part of going to the Phoenix Zoo is planning your visit and knowing how to navigate around the zoo to make sure you see all of the cool exhibits and animals.

Before we share the Phoenix Zoo Map one of the key things to know is directions and how to get to the Phoenix Zoo regardless of the part of the valley you are coming from.

The Phoenix Zoo is located at 455 North Galvin Parkway Phoenix, AZ 85008. Here is a map you can click on and get directions from your exact location on Google maps.

Once you get to the Phoenix Zoo here is a map to navigate around the park and links to download or enlarge the Phoenix Zoo map.

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Phoenix Zoo maps are available at the Zoo as soon as you enter.

Download a copy of the map.

map of phoenix zoo

While at the Zoo in Phoenix here are some points to consider to make sure your visit is a great experience whether it’s your first or tenth time visiting.

The Phoenix Zoo’s staff and animals are excited about your visit and want to keep you safe. By reading and following the tips below — a fun experience will be had by all!

  • Do not yell at or tease the animals, tap on or hit their exhibits or throw any objects.
  • Respect all fences and boundaries. They are there for your safety and the safety of the animals.
  • Our squirrel monkeys and orangutans are great climbers, but we ask that you do not follow their example! Do not climb or crawl on fences and boundaries.
  • Food prepared for you by Zoo concessions or brought into the Zoo is yours to enjoy, but do not share with any of the animals, including free-roaming birds, squirrels, etc.
  • We take the safety of our guests and animals very seriously. If you see suspicious or unsafe behavior, please immediately report it to a member of Zoo staff.
  • There are many factors that affect the Zoo environment, including weather and animal health. Consider checking our social media channels or website prior to your visit to check for any changes in the daily schedule or exhibit closures.
  • Remember, you’ll be spending the day outside! We advise that guests bring plenty of sunscreen, cold water and a hat or umbrella. Water fountains are available throughout the Zoo and water is also available for purchase at any Zoo concessions stand.
  • Consider bringing swimsuits or water-safe clothing for your small child, so they can enjoy splashing around in Yakulla Caverns or Leapin’ Lagoon! (open March – October)
  • Most importantly, have fun. Incredible experiences await you at the Phoenix Zoo!

And lastly, here are the most frequently asked questions about the Phoenix Zoo that you might also be thinking about as well and could answer and last minute questions you have about the Zoo.

How big is the Phoenix Zoo?
Zoo grounds encompass approximately 125 acres.

How long do we need to see the entire Zoo?
The Zoo includes approximately 2.5 miles of walking paths and is divided into four different trails – Arizona, Africa, Tropics and Children’s. 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 three hours to see the entire Zoo, depending on the size and ages of your group and how fast you walk. Because we create exhibits that replicate the animals’ natural habitats, some animals can be difficult to see and visitors may be required to spend more time in observation.

How many animals does the Zoo have?
We have more than 1,400 animals on exhibit, including mammals, fish, invertebrates, birds and reptiles.

What can I bring to the Zoo?
You may bring coolers, ice chests and your own food. Please no glass containers or alcoholic beverages.

What items are prohibited at the Zoo?
Prohibited items include alcohol, glass, balloons, balls, Frisbees, radios, whistles, musical instruments and other sound producing devices that may disturb our animals or other guests, hoverboards, skateboards, scooters, smart trikes, roller blades, bikes, roller skates, rip-sticks, wheeled shoes (Heely-type), Segways, firearms, weapons, knives and toy weapons.
Smoking, electronic cigarettes, and bare feet are also prohibited.
The Phoenix Zoo reserves the right to adjust this policy for Zoo sanctioned events.

Do you have Wi-Fi available?
Wi-Fi is not currently available on Zoo grounds.

Can I take photos or video at the Zoo?
Of course! We encourage our guests to take personal video or still photographs while enjoying their Zoo visit. All images and videos taken by guests and patrons are allowed free of charge so long as the images are used for personal, non-commercial purposes. All photographs should be taken from designated guest viewing areas or within the boundaries as it relates to special programs, engagements, etc. and the Phoenix Zoo has the right to withhold or withdraw consent to photograph and video or to reproduce photographs or video of the Phoenix Zoo and related property, which includes Zoo exhibits, animals and buildings or otherwise defined. If you are interested in taking photos or video for commercial purposes, please view our Photo and Video Policies available in the Press section of our website.

Can I smoke on Zoo grounds?
Smoking is strictly prohibited on Zoo grounds and within the Papago Park area. Due to potential fire dangers, smoking within Papago Park is only allowed within an enclosed personal vehicle and butts are not to be discarded within the park or on Zoo grounds. Electronic cigarettes are not allowed.

Are service animals allowed at the Zoo?
Yes, trained and vaccinated service animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are permitted with visitors with disabilities. The Zoo follows AZA guidelines, which is for the protection of the animals. When a guest brings a service animal to the Zoo, a Park Ranger will review the Service Animal Rules with the guest. If you’d like, you can view a downloadable copy of our Service Animal Rules and our Service Animal Path Restrictions map before your visit. Please call Park Rangers at 602-914-4356 with any questions.

Are my personal pets allowed to visit the Zoo with me?
No. The only animals allowed to accompany guests are trained and vaccinated service animals. Park Rangers are unable to kennel any personal pet and we do not recommend leaving any pet in an unattended vehicle.

Do you have picnic areas available?
We have many picnic tables located throughout the Zoo. They are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Private ramadas may be rented for special occasions.

Are there areas I need to avoid if I have a food allergy?

Some experiences at the Phoenix Zoo provide opportunities for direct contact with our collection animals absent a physical barrier.  Please be advised that on occasion, some of those animals may be administered dietary items that could be allergens to our guests.

What bus route services the Zoo?
Please check with the Valley Metro Transit Service for the most current routes and schedules. Simply enter “Phoenix Zoo” as your destination.

Can you help me with a question about the health of my personal pet?
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide any advice regarding the health of a personal pet. It is not proper to diagnose an animal without seeing it. We suggest you take the animal to your local veterinarian.

Can I donate my pet to the Zoo?
We are not able to accept donations of animals. The most common animal donation request is for turtles. If you have a turtle that you can no longer house or properly take care of, please contact the Phoenix Herpetological Society at phoenixherp.com or 480.513.4377. They will adopt the turtle out to a caring home that meets the needs of the animal.

For other types of animals that you are no longer able to take care of, contact your local humane society or Maricopa County Animal Care and Control at 602.506.7387 (Maricopa County residents).

Can the Zoo donate tickets to my event?
As a non-profit organization, we will consider requests for complimentary passes from other Arizona non-profits. We are unable to participate in third party or individual requests. Please visit our Charitable Donation Program page for information on how to request a charitable donation for your non-profit.

Can you send me feathers or other items from an animal?
We do not distribute feathers or any other items from animals to any individuals or groups. It is illegal to have certain items due to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora law. The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will distribute eagle feathers to Native Americans for religious purposes. To request feathers, please write to:

Migratory Bird Permit Office
Room 5504
PO Box 1306
Albuquerque, NM 87103