The Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park

The Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park in Litchfield Park just outside Glendale reopens Thursday, Sept. 3.

Just in time for Labor Day weekend: Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park announces it will reopen Thursday, Sept. 3.

The first 100 visitors to come through the doors on opening day will receive a free doughnut and free doughnut coupons will be available thereafter, while supplies last, compliments of Alien Donuts.

Now surrounded by newly annexed Glendale properties, the Litchfield Park zoo closed for five months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

New guidelines include requiring masks for staff and visitors, informative signs throughout the zoo encouraging safety/social distancing, social distance ride seating and complete ride sanitation after every rider, with dozens of sanitizing stations installed throughout the 100 acres. 

“We are grateful for the continued support from the public, even while our gates have been closed. It brings me much joy that the time has come that we can responsibly reopen and provide our guests with a safe environment to bring their loved ones,” said Mickey Ollson, who opened Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park 35 years ago. It has become one of the West Valley’s biggest family attractons.

The Sky Ride, African Tram, Safari Train, all indoor exhibits, the petting zoo, the giraffe feeding station and stingray touch tank will be open. 

When the park closed due to COVID-19 state restrictions, the long-awaited 5-acre expansion had only been open for a few weeks. With the reopening, visitors will be able to come face to face with two endangered pygmy hippos, as well as several other new species, including Grevy’s zebras, clouded leopards and many more rarely seen animals.

Some of the park’s newest additions on display include a young giraffe, penguin chick, young lemur, colobus monkey, spider monkeys, olive baboon, capybara and several hoofed animal species, including a kudu, a baby zebra, baby goats and other youngsters throughout the 100-acre park.

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park has Arizona’s largest collection of exotic and endangered animals.

For more information, visit wildlifeworld.com.