Zoos & Aquar­i­ums

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BUT­TER­FLY WON­DER­LAND Largest but­ter­fly pavil­ion in North Amer­ica. Fea­tures things-with­wings gallery within a trop­i­cal rain­for­est set­ting and 3-D the­ater. Ex­am­i­na­tions of ants, hon­ey­bees and sea crea­tures. April 4, 13, 18, 27: Yoga in the Rain­for­est (pre-reg­is­tra­tion req.). April 5, 19: Story Time for Tots. April 15: Con­certs in the Con­ser­va­tory. April 29: Spring But­ter­fly Hike. www.but­ter­fly­won­der­land.com. 9500 E. Via de Ven­tura, 480.800.3000. Val­ley Map M19

DOLPHINARIS ARI­ZONA View and in­ter­act with dol­phins at this la­goon fa­cil­ity. Op­tions in­clude a dol­phin land ex­pe­ri­ence, dol­phin swim ex­pe­ri­ences and a dol­phin trainer ex­pe­ri­ence. The com­pany’s mis­sion is to “amaze, ed­u­cate and em­power.” www. dol­phi­nar­isaz.com. 9500 E. Via de Ven­tura, 480.407.5154. Val­ley Map L20

ODYSEA AQUAR­IUM The largest aquar­ium in the South­west, span­ning 200,000 square feet, sports two lev­els and more than two mil­lion gal­lons of wa­ter. It in­cludes a 3-D the­ater, SeaTREK™ un­der­wa­ter ocean walk­ing and a oneof-a-kind voy­age through the “Liv­ing Sea.” A gi­ant

sub­merged es­ca­la­tor al­lows guests to de­scend deep into the ocean while sur­rounded by thou­sands of sea crea­tures. View fish, ot­ters, pen­guins, st­ingrays, sharks and more—in to­tal, over 30,000 an­i­mals. www.odyseaaquar­ium. com. 9500 E. Via de Ven­tura, 480.291.8000. Val­ley Map L20

OUT OF AFRICA Nat­u­ral, spa­cious habi­tats roamed by gi­raffes, ze­bras, li­ons, tigers, hye­nas, pan­thers and more are vis­ited and ob­served up-close with a guide; re­cur­ring yet un­pre­dictable shows like Tiger Splash and Preda­tor Feed pro­vide fur­ther in­sight. www.out­o­fafr­ica­park.com. From Phoenix: In­ter­state 17 north, exit 287 (High­way 260), Camp Verde; ap­prox­i­mately 75 min­utes. 928.567.2840. Ari­zona Map M8

PHOENIX ZOO Home to some 1,300 an­i­mals, in­clud­ing 200 en­dan­gered or threat­ened birds, mam­mals and rep­tiles. Vis­i­tor op­tions in­clude a Sa­fari Train with com­men­tary and a Dis­cov­ery Farm tai­lored to ages 18 months to 5 years. www.phoenix­zoo.org. Pa­pago Park, 455 N. Galvin Park­way, 602.273.1341. Val­ley Map Q18 WILDLIFE WORLD ZOO, AQUAR­IUM & SA­FARI PARK Ex­plore a 15-acre Sa­fari Park with African li­ons and birds. Also on-site: a baby an­i­mal nurs­ery, trop­i­cal rep­tiles, gi­raffe and par­rot feed­ing, and rides via train, boat, skyride and carousel. www.wildlife­world.com. 16501 W. North­ern Ave., Litch­field Park, 623.935.9453. Val­ley Map L7

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