Get up close and personal with exotic underwater sea creatures at the Wildlife World Zoo's newest aquarium — Photo courtesy of Wildlife World Zoo & AquariumTucked away in Phoenix's far west valley, the Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium may not have as much name recognition as the Phoenix Zoo, but it certainly holds its own when it comes to popular, eye-catching exhibits. A new aquarium is currently making a big splash at the zoo, bringing curious visitors face to face with some of the world's most exotic freshwater creatures.
Opened in early October 2012, the zoo's new 7,000-square-foot aquarium exhibit features a tank that holds close to 60,000 gallons of water. The new aquarium is currently hosting Amazon River Monsters, including such giants as the arowana and arapaima. Also on display are the payara fish, often referred to as "vampire fish" because of their distinctive six-inch fangs.
Hungry? Zoo visitors can now enjoy their lunch in full view of their favorite fish. Dillon's, the zoo's onsite restaurant, serves up traditional Kansas City-style barbecue and fish dishes in a tank-side setting, so you can catch a glimpse of these undersea creatures while enjoying lunch. After you've had your fill of fish, explore the zoo's 95 acres of wildlife attractions, which includes a baby animal nursery, African safari train ride, giraffe feeding station, Australian boat ride, Lory parrot feeding station and a children's petting zoo.