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    I’ve been here a couple times. 3 times with a couple of friends to get some good exercise in and walk around, also another time last year to take advantage of the entertaining and colorful zoo lights. All of the times I’ve visited has been nice, just relaxing and getting to know the animals. Worth supporting, worth spending a couple hours there a few times a year. also a great holiday fun with the additional fountain music show.

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    so I went to the zoo lights last night and well my experience wasnt as great an old man stepped over my foot with a wheel car on purpose and said “that why you shouldn’t be texting and walking” I wasn’t texting I was taking pictures! ? and security didn’t see that but saw that a ducky trying to grab something out of my hand?! I dont know but people are really rude too my parents had barely sat down when a family decided to ask them to move because they wanted to take a picture? sorry but really rude, and the lights they were great but they didn’t use tje whole zoo as before several years ago. not really feeling that spending 16 or 18 is worth it if your gonn be treated badly? 🙁

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    I grew up coming to this zoo, and I’ve always loved it! The scenery is beautiful, the animals are usually easy to spot, they have a completely interactive farm for kids with a petting zoo, there are plenty of places to stop and rest and get something to eat. They also have a couple water stations to cool off in, and offer many different classes and activities. The one thing I will say as a negative (now that I’m the parent bringing my child there) is that this is a really expensive zoo. We have gone to quite a few others that have full access for a reasonable price. The Phoenix Zoo is about $30 a person for admission, and that does not include stingray bay, getting up close with the giraffes, or camel riding. There are many things in the zoo that require an extra fee. And the food is rather expensive as well, I always pack my own food. I usually go and do the zoo as general admission,and there is still a lot to enjoy. 🙂

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    They’ve made a lot of insensitive, sad changes to what used to be the Phoenix zoo. The new signs and new zoo train depots are not in keeping with the more relaxed,modest rustic style of the zoo itself but that’s the least of what I would be concerned about. But I do miss the more rustic style the whole zoo used to have. There was nothing pompous about it in the past. Of course though, someone had to change that…What upsets me most is some of the animals exhibits are very sad. The public is allowed to walk right through some animal enclosures. Imagine if that happened to you and you were forced to live like that. Imagine that the house where you live is open to the public 7 days a week, just because someone decided it was a good idea. You now have to stand aside as lines of people stroll through your home -That is what they’ve done to some of the animals and birds there. Yes, even an owl. I can’t imagine the depression and stress this must cause to the animals. Not only that but this is not monitored in the owl enclosure and probably the rest of the “open enclosures” are not really monitored.. So the zoo employees really don’t know if anyone is being unkind to the owl , for instance,when people go through, especially on days when it’s less busy and someone might there without any witnesses. How irresponsible !I’ve even seen the prairie dog get hassled. An adult male kept tossing pebbles in it’s enclosure, which you can’t walk through {thank God} but it is a low-walled enclosure with no roof. It’s like a little fenced yard. Open and vulnerable. The little prairie dog thought each pebble that was tossed in his “yard” might be a peanut treat. The unintelligent person who kept on with that thought he was being really “smart”, tossing rocks and the poor prairie dog kept thinking it might be food. You used to be able to get off when the zoo train stopped at various points along the journey through the zoo. Which made it interesting and it also definitely helped people who might be too old or ill to do much walking. If you can get off the train at various stops that means you didn’t have to walk all that way to get to a certain point within the zoo. But now some “brilliant” person has decided that you and I and everyone else HAS TO stay on the train. No getting off. Never mind if you wanted to get a ride to a certain part of the zoo so you could see it without walking all the way over to it. I really couldn’t believe they will no longer allow people off the train. There could be no good reason for this. I’ve been going to the Phoenix zoo since I was in grade school, there was never any horrible problem associated with letting people decide if they wanted off the train or not. Aside from being convenient, being able to just get off at various stops made it more interesting than being a captive. If you also wish they’d go back to letting people off the train at certain points, tell the zoo. Let them know how you feel. Maybe they’ll revert back to not totally controlling the train passengers !But more than anything, I just feel sorry for certain animals who have to stand back while hoards of people wander through their enclosures. I also feel sorry for the manta rays who have to put up with day after day of crowds people constantly touching when they’re on exhibit as they swim in circles. It’s cruel. Oh sure people love being able to touch the rays…but why do we enjoy what is clearly wrong ? Why does the zoo insist on creating stress for certain creatures ? And many of the animal pens or enclosures are obviously way too small. The changes to the zoo aren’t positive ones. Instead they should have focused on creating larger enclosures for the animals, and just stuck with that. Do something positive for the animals. Their lives are sad enough already because they’re captives.

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    Good zoo just a bit pricy.