This zoo was interesting in that it gave us an opportunity to compare the two types of facilities. The WWZ is smaller than the Phoenix Zoo but has packed in a lot of animals. It has some features that are more attractive, including that the animals are generally viewable at closer range. It also included a relatively large aquarium with some fairly exotic species on display and a "petting" area, where one can pet stingrays (which felt slimy, by the way) and starfish (which did not). But here are some drawbacks. There were no elephants, which are very labor-intensive to maintain, or large primates, such as chimps, baboons, or orangutans, which presumably are more difficult also to house. In addition, although the zoo boasted thousands of animals, a large percentage were birds. Moreover, the same species were housed in different enclosures in different parts of the facility, creating a little confusion. And the grounds were generally not as well manicured as at the Phoenix Zoo. The birds were noisy, particularly those in the macaw/parrot family, which was actually a nice thing, as it added to the "ambience." This clearly was a place to view animals, not a facility for their study.
I took a lot of photos during our three-hour stay but would have to say that I was a bit disappointed with the results. Again, for the usual reasons (read "excuses"): Many of the exhibits were screened cages, which obscured the camera's view and confused its autofocus feature. In addition, I had trouble with the lighting in the interior venues, particularly the aquarium. In any event, here are some of the better shots that I got.
There was a flock of very dark colored flamingos near the entrance.
They must have been feasting on a lot of orange colored shellfish.
And, as I mentioned, there were plenty of parrots and macaws.
The aquarium included some interesting exotic species.
There was also a "Dragon World"--basically reptiles.
Although the zoo lacked elephants, it did have a nice white rhinoceros.
As usual, I found myself looking for the unusual close-up, and this shot of the rhino's ear came out well, I thought.
The primates we saw seemed unhappy behind their wire cages.
Two of the more interesting species were the warthogs . . .
(a face only a mother warthog could love)
. . . and the African spurred tortoises.
Wildlife World Zoo was quite a bit more expensive (50% higher) than the Phoenix Zoo. With all the wire cages, I felt a bit uncomfortable with how the animals were presented, although they seemed to be in good physical health. In sum, I would recommend the Phoenix Zoo over the WWZ.