Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium

Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium


Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium

12/28/08 Litchfield Park, Arizona.

Review:  This was my first visit to the brand new aquarium (check out the zoo review here). The late sunday afternoon visit with two adult friends was quite pleasant , it was void of  screaming children and school groups.  The new buildings are clean and spacious, the exhibits well lit, and the glass was free of fingerprints, grime, and those pesky reflections. 

Photographability: I shot primarily with a 15mm  lens on a Canon Mark IIn and with the macro setting on my Canon G7.  ISO range from 640 to 1600, some of the exhibits were pretty dark.  Warped plexiglass looks cool, but just pass up trying to photograph through it. 

Highlights: I’d never seen a lion fish in a tank without a blue backdrop, nor swimming upside down.  And while I didn’t ride the log flume, it passes through some of the exhibits, and that looks really cool.

Lowlights:  Not all the exhibits had residents, the octopus hadn’t yet arrived.

Pleasant surprise: I didn’t expect Arizona to pull off an aquarium, but they spared little in designing a nice space.  At $26 admission, it’s nice that you can visit the adjoining zoo. And, after 5pm, when the zoo closes, entry to the aquarium is just $17!

Would I return: Yes, the next time i’m in Arizona, I’ll check out the aging process.

Rating:  5 (out of 10)










  1. Well at least one of your friends was an adult, I can’t speak for myself, lol. It was great that you could join us and would love to have you visit again even if our penguins are ‘cheap’, lol

  2. I adore this new site. As a zoo-fiend and zoo-friend I appreciate the tips about lighting, camera equipment, cleanliness, visibility, accessibility, etc. Good work.

  3. mary – great idea!! i love that not only do we get to enjoy your fantastic photos but we now get to benefit from your experience via useful feedback. happy 2009 to you!

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