We will endeavor to be recognized locally and nationally as an excellent zoological park exhibiting and explaining the wonders of the natural world. The four key purposes of the Wildlife World Zoo are; conservation, recreation, education, and non-evasive scientific studies.
At 22 years old and growing stronger, Wildlife World Zoo has Arizona's largest collection of exotic animals, totaling over 2400 individual animals representing nearly 400 species.
Wildlife World Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). It is one of a few nationally accredited privately owned zoos in the United States. In 2004, the zoo was also inducted into the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). Only about one quarter of AZA's 200 plus member institutions are currently selected for membership in WAZA.
Mickey Ollson is the Director and Founder of the Wildlife World Zoo. He opened the zoo in 1984, after several years of raising exotic animals, mainly birds. From the beginning he has believed that exotic animals are the stars of the show, up- close and personal for the visitors.