By: Barb Evans
Fall is the perfect time to get outside and see the amazing animals at the Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park. Located at 16501 W. Northern Avenue in Litchfield Park, Wildlife World features more than 600 species of exotic and endangered animals, including birds, mammals, fish and reptiles. But if you haven’t been there in a while, you’ll be surprised to see a number of new exhibits and attractions. In addition to the petting zoo, aquarium, skyride, carousel and African Safari train, Wildlife World has been busy preparing these new attractions:
Baby Animal Nursery
The Baby Animal Nursery is a favorite amongst visitors, and has acquired several new residents over the last few months. In addition to Solomon, the African Lion cub, the nursery now features a pair of mountain lions and a baby bobcat, making it a great time to visit four feline lovers, and the first time their kind has been on permanent display at the zoo. But hurry in to see them up close before they grow and move into Adventure Land in early 2016!
In 2014, Wildlife World unveiled Safari Park, a 15-acre addition that increased the park’s developed area to about 80 acres. Safari Park features dozens of shaded viewing locations that provide guests with multiple panoramic views of some of Africa’s most recognizable species including an all new African lion habitat, olive baboons, jackals, several varieties of antelopes, wildebeest, ostriches, and more. Visitors can walk around the safari park or take an optional tram ride (for an additional fee) through a half dozen animal exhibits. Safari Park also features a new eating option, the Safari Grill, which is a great place to grab a cheeseburger or ice cream treat.
Adventure Land Expansion
Wildlife World continues its expansion with another 15-acre project along state route 303. Scheduled to open January 2016, Adventure Land will feature native species from North, Central and South America, including bison, llamas, black bears and a host of mammals, birds and reptiles. The project will also include a Mexican restaurant, a family roller coaster, a 100-foot tall zip line, a flying scooter ride and a 100-foot tall swing ride. Although thrilling in their own right, each ride will keep the animals as the focal point by offering visitors a different and unique view of their habitats.
Wildlife World is open seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays. Zoo exhibits are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last zoo admission is at 5 p.m.) and aquarium exhibits are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Daytime admission includes access to the zoo and aquarium. Special reduced evening admission to aquarium-only is available after 5 p.m. For more information, visit wildlifeworld.com or call 623-935-WILD (9453).
Barb Evans is a freelance writer handling assignments for a variety of clients while raising two kids, ages 14 and 9. She has worked in public relations for more than 10 years and was previously a writer for Freedom Way magazine, Anthem’s community publication. Barb loves to travel, spend time at the beach, and discover people’s life stories.