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No monkeying around: Wildlife World Zoo to open new attraction with rides, exhibits

PHOENIX — A West Valley zoo is aiming to expand its current operations with the upcoming addition of a brand-new 15-acre attraction, featuring more than two dozen new species.

Wildlife World Zoo is set to open Adventure Land, its newest attraction, on Feb. 1. The attraction will feature four new rides and two dozen new species to add to the park’s already-existing 120 acres.

Dr. Grey Stafford, director of conservation at the zoo, said the species come from North, Central and South America and include black bears, mountain lions, javelinas, bobcats and three types of foxes, including arctic foxes.

“We’re really hopeful that people will have fun at Adventure Land,” Stafford said.

In addition, four new rides will be added to the attraction. Stafford said the rides include a family coaster that takes visitors through several exhibits, a 100-foot high zip-line chair and two swing rides.

Wildlife World Zoo Founder and Director Mickey Ollson said in a Facebook post that building the new attraction has been an adventure for all of the staff.

“The name Adventure Land seemed to fit almost from the start of the project because building these towering new rides and habitats for so many novel animals has been just that for our staff,” the post read. “We know it will be an exciting adventure for our visitors this season, too.”

The expansion also includes a new Mexican restaurant called ZooBerto’s.

While access to Adventure Land is included in general admission, there will be an additional cost to access the rides.

The zoo is located in Litchfield Park at 16501 W. Northern Avenue and is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $32 for adults and $15.25 for children ages 3-12. Kids under 2 are free.

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