the wandering chick
...Wildlife World
Zoo & Aquarium
mandarin duck

I was pleasantly surprised from the very entrance to Wildlife World on a particular weekday in March. At the west entrance, the setting is two ponds on either side filled with some of the most exotic ducks I've seen everywhere in one location. They came from all over the world, and this was only the beginning of the zoo. It had the big guys, too: the rhinos, giraffes and lions and tigers.

It took us four hours to get through the west side of the park. We never made it to the east side before it closed. (The aquarium is open later, but we were too pooped to visit it.)

The park has a train ride, a tram, a zipline and a children's petting section, to name just a few of the highlights.

Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium is located in Litchfield, in the West Valley.

Mandarin duck, China
common shelduck
The common shelduck
saddle-billed stork
A saddle-billed stork
Ruddy shelduck, Afrca
A ruddy shelduck, from Africa
plum-headed parakeet
male and female plum-headed parakeet
A male plum-headed parakeet. To the left are the male and female feeding on an orange.
a chiloe wigeon
A chiloe wigeon, from South America
white-faced whistling duck
A white-faced whistling duck, from sub-Sahara Africa and South America
blue and gold macaw
a female eclectur parrot

Above and Left: A female eclectur parrot

Below: A male eclectur parrot; they can be found in Southern Australia

male eclectur parrot
female eclectur parrot
a hyacinth macaw
The hyacinth macaw comes from Brazil
the scarlet macaw
an albino peacock
This is a white peafowl, otherwise known as a peacock. He (or she) is not considered albino because it has blue eyes. Albinos typically have pink or red eyes.
The scarlet macaw above and the blue and gold macaws both originiate in South America.
green-winged macaw
blue and gold macaw
Above and Below: The green-winged macaw comes from South America.
African grey parrot
green-winged macaw
Above and Below: the African grey parrot
African flamingo
African grey parrot
Above and right: African flamingo
African flamingo
king vulture
So, what's pretty if you don't have not-so-pretty? The goofy-looking king vulture from Central and South America at least has nice colors to boast of.
king vulture
king vulture
Abyssinian ground hornbill
abyssinian ground hornbill
The abyssinian ground hornbill from Africa, with the intent of building a nest
American flamingo
American flamingo
Above and Right: the American flamingo
von der decken's hornbill
A Von der Decken's hornbill from East Africa
African pied hornbill
An African pied hornbill
the crested screacher
The crested screacher from Southern South America
Axis Deer
Axis deer originated in Sir Lanka and India.
African dwarf crocodile
Above and Right: the African dwarf crocodile
African dwarf crocodile
ring-tailed lemur
A ring-tailed lemur.
white alligator
A white alligator
Above and Below: The ocelot can be found in Mexico, Central and South America.
Seems the crowds never get tired of seeing the ever-so-beautiful tigers at zoos.
white tiger
The white tiger is always a crowd-pleaser as well.
plains zebra
Another black and white beauty is the Plains zebra.
plains zebra
a male lion
A male lion sits in the shade, probably pondering what might be for dinner.
the hyena, from Africa. Most would agree they are the some of the meanest- and frightful-looking in the animal world.
black-backed jackal
The black-backed jackal, from Africa
Thomson's gazelle
Thomson's gazelle, from Africa
Kudu, from Africa

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