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  Click on the animal you would like to sponsor and then choose which level of sponsorship you would like to purchase. You may also click on 'Plush Packages' to select from a list of available animals that have a plush available.

If you would like to sponsor an animal that is not listed, give us a call and we can create a package for you!

This list is subject to change without notice. All sponsored animals remain in the care of the Phoenix Zoo and no ownership rights are conferred. Because Zoo animals are living creatures, they are subject to illness or death, or they may be moved from the Zoo or taken off exhibit.

African lionAfrican lion

Lions live in family groups called prides which usually consist of a group of related females and a smaller group of males.

African painted dogAfrican painted dog

Also known as Painted Dogs or Cape Hunting Dogs.  Our four brothers, Mac, Zighe, Jala and Kio have made a home here since 2005.

Aldabra tortoiseAldabra tortoise


Alidabber, our largest male, weighs over 650 lbs and is believed to be the largest in captivity.

Asian elephantAsian elephant

Our three females, Indu, Reba and Sheena, can easily be distinguised by coloring and size.

Bald eagleBald eagle

Bald eagles are not really bald.  Their heads are covered with white feathers and the term 'Bald' comes from an Old English word, balde, which means white.

Black-footed ferretBlack-footed ferret

Although not on exhibit, the Zoo houses anywhere from 15 to 29 ferrets and has one of the most successful captive-breeding programs.

Black-tailed prairie dogBlack-tailed prairie dog

Black-tailed prairie dogs live in huge 'towns,' which may contain as many as several thousand individuals.  The towns are then divided into territorial neighborhoods, or 'wards,' which in turn are composed of several 'coteries,' or family groups.


Bornean orangutanBornean orangutan

Orangutan's arms can reach over 7 feet from fingertip to fingertip.


Due to being so genetically similiar, a skin graft from one cheetah will grow normally on any other cheetah in the world.


Coatis have double jointed ankles and are very flexible, giving them the ability to descend trees headfirst.


Coyotes are digitigrade, meaning they walk with only their toes touching the ground.

Desert tortoiseDesert tortoise

A Desert tortoise can store up to 40% of its body weight in water.

Fennec foxFennec fox

Beside providing excellent hearing, their large ears also act as heat radiators and help to keep them cool.


Flamingos have 19 elongated neck vertebrae for maximum moving and twisting.

Galapagos tortoiseGalapagos tortoise

Our oldest pair, Ralph and Mary, arrived at the Zoo before it even opened and are believed to be between 120 and 130 years old.

Giant anteaterGiant anteater

Giant anteaters can eat up to 30,000 insects a day with their 2-foot tongue.


The Phoenix Zoo has both Reticulated and Masai giraffe, which can be identified by their different spot patterns.

Grevy's zebraGrevy's zebra

The Grevy's zebra is one of three zebra species and has very narrow, close stripes that extend down their legs to the hooves.

 Hyacinth macaw

Sponsor Cleo, Caesar and Sampson, the Hyacinth macaws from our live animal show!




The name Jaguar comes from the ancient Indian word 'Yaguar', which means 'the killer which overcomes it's prey in a single bound.'

Komodo dragonKomodo dragon

The Phoenix Zoo has one Komodo dragon, MacLeod.

Mexican wolfMexican wolf

The Phoenix Zoo has 5 Mexican wolves, Rocky, Haht, Gray, Swift and Jester.  These brothers were born April 23, 2005 and have the potential to be released back into the wild.

Mountain lionMountain lion

Mountain lions can execute a 30 foot standing jump, or an 18 foot jump straight up.

Red-ruffed lemurRed-ruffed lemur

Red-ruffed lemurs have scent glands on their wrists and rear-ends that leave scent trails on branches to communicate and mark territory.

Ring-tailed lemurRing-tailed lemur

Lemur is derived from a latin word meaning ghost and is named so due to their bright staring eyes and haunting sounds.

Spotted-necked otterSpotted-necked otter

Spotted-necked otters do not have body fat, they rely on their fur to keep them dry and warm in the water.

Squirrel monkeySquirrel monkey

When a Squirrel monkey gets wet, it will squeeze the water from its fur by rubbing against trees.


The rays flap their wing-like fins against the bottom sediments to uncover soft-shelled clams.  They then crush the shell between two strong dental plates in their mouth.

Sumatran tigerSumatran tiger

The stripes of the tiger are “disruptive camouflage.”  Rather than helping the tiger blend into their surroundings by matching the background, the stripes break up the tiger’s outline so it isn’t seen as a single large animal by its prey.


Warthogs are the only pigs that are able to live in areas without water for several months every year.

White rhinocerosWhite rhinoceros

The White rhinoceros is also known as the 'square-lipped rhinoceros' and is the largest species of rhino, weighing up to 6,000 lbs.