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Forget about polar bears and other cold-climate creatures; this zoo focuses its attention primarily on animals that come from climates similar to that of the Phoenix area. Most impressive of the displays are the African savanna, where you can feed a giraffe, and the baboon colony. The Southwestern exhibits are also of interest, as are the Komodo dragons and the exhibit featuring monkeys from Central and South America. All animals are kept in naturalistic enclosures, and what with all the palm trees and tropical vegetation, the zoo sometimes manages to make you forget you're in the desert. Be sure to ride the camel while you're here. Zoolights, an after-hours holiday-light display, is held late November to early January.