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Named one of the nation's top five zoos for kids in 2003, the Phoenix Zoo houses more than 1,300 animals and is traversed by five trails, which wind through 125 acres of animals, rides and more. The Phoenix Zoo is a privately-owned nonprofit zoo supported by donors and other private organizations and offers plenty of educational experiences as well as animal fun. In additional to the usual animal exhibits, the zoo offers the Red Barn Petting Zoo where several pettable animals can be found. Other special experiences include the Endangered Species Carousel, Stingray Bay (where you can pet a string ray), camel rides, giraffe feeding and pedal boats. The zoo also hosts special events throughout the year such as the annual holiday tradition, Zoo Lights. Guests are welcome to bring their own water and food into the park – as well as roller blades or bikes to save yourself the energy of walking the more than two miles of trails.