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The non­profit Phoenix Zoo is home to more than 1,400 an­i­mals, in­clud­ing en­dan­gered and threat­ened species—see ele­phants, lions, jaguars, lemurs, gi­raffes, bighorn sheep and more. At Mon­key Vil­lage—the only walk-through ex­hibit of its kind in the United States—watch squir­rel mon­keys play as you wan­der through the open ex­hibit. Next, head over to Red Barn, where you can pet and brush goats. Kids who need to cool off can stop by the splash pad and water play ar­eas. Other zoo ex­pe­ri­ences in­clude a 4- D square feet (with more than 30,000 an­i­mals!)—make sure to look up. Mas­sive aquatic orbs sus­pended from the lobby ceil­ing are filled with schools of fish. And that’s just the be­gin­ning—the aquar­ium fea­tures ev­ery­thing from fish to sharks and sea lions to pen­guins. There is also a 3-D theater, ro­tat­ing carousel theater and a touch pool. And, a gi­ant sub­merged es­ca­la­tor al­lows guests to de­scend deep into the “ocean” while sur­rounded by thou­sands of sea crea­tures. Those who want to get into the water for a more up-close ex­pe­ri­ence can pur­chase the SeaTREK un­der­wa­ter ocean walk­ing ac­tiv­ity. And make sure to check out the bath­rooms in the lobby—the win­dows above the sinks let you watch sharks swim by! 9500 E. Via de Ven­tura; 480.219.8000 BUT­TER­FLY WON­DER­LAND SEA LIFE ARI­ZONA AQUAR­IUM

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