Capital Campaign Phoenix Zoo

The Phoenix Zoo would like to thank our donors, members and guests for helping us complete the first phase of the Zoo’s World Class Zoo for a World Class City Capital Campaign. Thanks to your support, we were able to raise $22.5 million to fund several projects such as:

  • Spectacular new and improved animal exhibits.
  • A more compact footprint of the core animal collection that provides guests a more convenient, intense and interactive animal experience.
  • Increased opportunities for fun and engaging educational activities that put children in touch with nature.
  • A modern and adequately sized infrastructure to support the Zoo as it grows with the community over the next 50 years.
  • State of the art amenities for guests.

The Zoo is determined to achieve this World Class status and continue to serve as a vital link to nature in our increasingly urban, technology-driven society. We will create a Zoo that exceeds the expectations of our current and future guests for an exciting, engaging animal and nature-based experience.

Stay tuned for the launching of Phase II of the World Class Zoo for a World Class City Capital Campaign, which includes proposed projects to enhance the Africa Trail, Tropics Trail, Conservation Center and a 500-seat Children’s Trail amphitheater.

In all, it will comprise 11 projects totaling $12.1 million. We’ll issue more on this as planning continues for our World Class Zoo for a World Class City.

If you have any questions, please contact the Zoos Development department at 602.914.4346.

Thank you for your support of the Phoenix Zoo and the first phase of our Capital Campaign effort, we look forward to continuing to improve the Zoo for you and your family to enjoy.



Budget: $6.2 million │ FUNDED│Breaking Ground January 2014

Providing comfortable and professional working, training and meeting space for Zoo staff and volunteers is a critical need to create a World Class Zoo for a World Class City. A new administrative headquarters will present the opportunity to showcase the Zoo’s commitment to conservation and green practices.

Two separate buildings will house much of the administrative staff while providing space for volunteer training and staffing. The spaces surrounding these two buildings create an outdoor courtyard for employee gathering and additional training and meeting space. It will be a showcase for innovation and conservation.


Budget: $2 million │ Funded│Breaking Ground April 2014

The new tiger exhibit will help create a spectacular new signature experience as guests can wander down a tropical path to find views of this amazing tiger to the right and then the majesty of one of the world’s largest mammals, the Asian elephant, to their left. Up-close, intimate viewing is the key for both the tigers and elephants, providing a truly impressive perspective on two of the planet’s most impressive species.

New state-of-the-art holding facilities will allow the Phoenix Zoo to care for several of these incredibly rare tigers, helping us become a key participant in the international SSP (Species Survival Plan) that monitors and manages the breeding of all endangered species in zoos worldwide. The Sumatran Tiger Experience will exemplify World Class for years to come.


Supported by Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
Budget: $3.8 million | Funded | Now Open

The experience of entering the Phoenix Zoo should inspire excitement and anticipation while transporting guests from the urban setting of the Valley to a world of natural wonder. The Zoo’s new Entry Oasis experience not only expedites the entrance transaction but also provides comfort and a few exhilarating surprises during the process.

After strolling across a renovated bridge, guests encounter a native species exhibit featuring vultures and tortoises. Ticket holders and members then proceed to a bank of turnstiles where their tickets and membership cards are scanned quickly and easily for a smooth and speedy entrance into the Zoo. Guests then emerge onto a redefined pathway providing unencumbered views of the African Savanna.

With this new Entry Oasis, every guest arriving will immediately recognize that they are in for a vibrant, fascinating and World Class experience at the Phoenix Zoo.


Budget: $3  million | Funded | Now Open

The Zoo’s new Neely Center, provides dedicated classroom space and allows the Zoo the facilities needed to continue to grow our educational programs in response to community needs, as well as provide a beautiful venue for special events such as corporate meetings and parties, as well as private celebrations include weddings, proms and graduations.

Providing varied experiences, finding multiple uses for the same space, creating revenue opportunities to support operations and educational programming is a truly unique approach befitting a World Class Zoo for a World Class City.


Budget: $4 million | Funded | Now Open

Bornean orangutans have called the Phoenix Zoo home virtually since it opened in 1962. Duchess, one of the oldest orangutans in the United States, is the matriarch of a unique family that resides at the Zoo. And this family desperately needs a new home.

The new orangutan experience is now open and features the Choices & Challenges that orangutans face in the wild, while providing choices of viewing to guests and challenging them to learn more about this incredible species. Featuring two very distinct and exciting habitats, as well as a climate-controlled Interpretive Center, this new exhibit is truly World Class.


Generously funded by the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation
Budget: $1.2 million | Funded | Now Open

Offering intimate and varied views of the planet’s largest lizard – all within a tropical-themed environment – the new Komodo dragon experience is like nothing else at the Phoenix Zoo.

The exhibit design features two separate viewing areas, providing glimpses into a Komodo dragon’s dual existence on both land and in water. This concept of varied environments presents opportunities for a diverse and repeatable guest experience.

An immersive tropical setting with myriad educational components and exciting views of an amazing animal, the Komodo dragon experience is a favorite of Zoo guests.