A massive project is now open at Arizona’s Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium. Adventure-land, which opened officially on February 1, 2016, is a 15-acre expansion project that offers a variety of new species, new rides, and new experiences for zoo-goers. In designing the project, Wildlife World sought to incorporate new rides alongside its animal exhibits, as this strategy has led to success in previous expansions, such as the aquarium, Safari World, and the African Safari Train.
Adventure-land allows guest to build connections with dozens of exotic wildlife species native to North, Central, and South America. The first exhibit that guests will encounter as they enter Adventure-land is one for black bears.
Other species in the exhibit complex include mountain lions, bobcats, bison, three species of fox (including the Arctic fox), multiple species of deer and monkeys, a rare species known as the tayra, lesser anteater, and many more. Many of the species that call Adventure-land home are new additions to the zoo’s collection of over 6,000 animals, which together comprise over 600 species.
In terms of new ride experiences, Adventure-land adds four rides to the zoo’s offerings, bringing the total number of rides to 10. One of the most popular rides is sure to be the family roller coaster, which passes through the llama exhibit.
Other new rides located in Adventure-land include a 100-foot tall spinning swing tower, which is located adjacent to several primate exhibits. While on the swings, guests will be able to catch glimpses of the monkeys located nearby.
The park has also added a two-person zip line that will pass by monkey exhibits, and a “flying scooter” ride whose vehicles are themed to macaws, which are large, iconic South American parrots. Adventure-land is also home a new restaurant, “ZooBerto’s,” which will serve a variety of dishes from Mexican and Southwest cuisine.
With so much diversity offered by the new animal species and rides, Adventure-land is sure to become a popular destination for Wildlife World visitors for years to come.