Just thought I'd start a thread about a zoo I am VERY familiar with. Many may have heard of the Phoenix Zoo in Phoenix, Arizona from their involvement with Operation Oryx in the 1970's. The Phoenix Zoo was chosen as the location for the Arabian oryx breeding project. Over 200 calves have been born there since the 70's and they still have an active breeding herd. They also are involved with the Chacoan peccary breeding project and were the first North American zoo to display this species. The zoo is laid out on 125 acres of desert in Papago park on the edge of the city of Phoenix. Out of this 125 acres, between 1/2 to 3/4 are actually used. Their most exciting exhibit, in my opinion, is Monkey Village. This is the only place in North America where visitors share space with a very active breeding colony of squirrel monkeys. (The zoo visited Appenheul and met with officials there during the planning of this facility.) Other exhibits include a 4 acre African savannah featuring giraffes, eland, watusi cattle, Thomson's gazelle, waterbuck and several bird species including Ruppell's and lappet-faced vultures. The zoo exhibits it's 3 elephants in an approximately 2 1/2 -3 acre facility. There elephants are all past-breeding age Asian elephant females, who all came to the zoo with troubled pasts. The zoo has worked very hard at forming a herd with this trio of "misfits" and has made great strides in improving stereotypic behavior. The zoo also has a very strong focus on native species conservation, being involved with both in-situ and ex-situ programs for Mexican wolves, black-footed ferrets, thick-billed parrots, Ramsey Canyon & Chiricahua leopard frogs, narrow-headed garter snakes, Kanab ambersnails and Sonoran pronghorn. All in all I think it is a fantastic facility and definitely worth the visit for anyone finding themselves in Arizona.