Make your tax-deductible donation to Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary today!

Click on the PayPal button below to make a secure and trusted online donation. You can donate any amount you'd like - every little bit helps! Your support allows us to continue to provide care to the 200+ animals that live on grounds, assist with rescues of more than 300 animals every year, and provide educational services to our community. In the donation form, feel free to click the 'add special instuctions' to notate anything specifically you'd like your funds to be attributed to. Thank you in advance for your support!

And if you have not already done so, please take this time to read about how you can become a member and receive all kinds of fun perks!

Our Animals

fox3Animal residents at Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary do not tell the typical zoo story. All animals at this sanctuary have been rescued from other locations and have a lesson to teach. They include a tiger who was rescued from a facility that closed; a black bear who came to the sanctuary as a cub when his mother was mistakenly shot by a hunter; a mountain lion who was kept as a pet; and a gray fox who was rescued from a pool.

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary also has a prestigious role as participant in the American Zoo and Aquarium Association’s Species Survival Plan for the critically endangered Mexican Gray Wolf. After a 20-year absence in the wild, this animal is being reintroduced to its former range following a successful captive breeding program. The sanctuary is a housing facility for wolves not yet ready for release.


Hours, Admission & Sanctuary Map

Cassie in Leaves 11.2015HPZS is a non-profit organization that does not receive any state or federal funding. It’s your contributions – whether donations, gift shop purchases, or admission fees – that support the animals here. These proceeds directly ensure that the animals on our grounds – and the hundreds more we rescue every year – are cared for and treated appropriately. Thank you for your continued support!

Admission Prices
  • Adult (13 – 64): $10

  • Senior/Military/Student (with ID): $8

  • Children (3 – 12): $6

  • Under 3: FREE

  • HPZS Members: FREE*

*Sign up for a membership today!

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary is open 365 days a year!!

Winter Hours: November 1 - April 30; 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Summer Hours: May 1 - October 31; 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Pence Pavilion, Kiwanis Ramada, Pronghorn Deck, and Event Center Lawn are available for party and event rentals. Call 928.778.4242 for pricing and availability.

Sanctuary Map

2016 Map


Privacy Policy

The Prescott Animal Park Association D.B.A. Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary, respects the privacy of our visitors, members, and donors. The purpose of this statement is to define our policy with regard to the collection and use of personally identifiable information via our website,

Information Collected:

This website collects two kinds of information: anonymous information and personally identifiable information.

Anonymous information does not indentify specific individuals and is automatically transmitted by your browser.  This information can consist of: the URL (Uniform Resource Locator or address) of the web page your previously visited; the domain names and/or IP addresses of the computer you are using; and your browser software and operating system.  This information is used to monitor site usage and traffic patterns of our customers in order to improve our website.  This information is always devoid of any personally identifying information.

Personally Identifiable Information could include: name, address, e-mail address, telephone number and payment information.  By sending us an email e-mail or filling out an online form, you are sending us personal information.  We store this information in order to respond to or process your request.  We may use your information to send you futher information about our organization.  You may always opt-out of future mailings.

If you are purchasing a membership, making a donation, signing up for a fee-based event or program, or making a similar financial transaction through, we need to know your name, e-mail address, billing and shipping address, and payment information in order to process and fulfill your order.  All personal informatio we receive is kept secure.

Sharing Information:

Personal information obtained through the website will not be sold or given to third parties for marketing purposes.


Our website contains to websites maintained by other oarganizations.  Once you access an individual document on another website, you are subject to the provacy policy of the website containing that document.

Use of Text and Images:

Anyone wishing to publish information found on our website must send a request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

On Zoo Grounds and Commercial Photography:

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary reserves the right to photograph, videotape, or film our visitors, on Sanctuary grounds, for promotional purposes.  The commerical use of photographs, video, and film taken during your visit is strictly prohibited without the written consent of Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary.

Contact Us:

If you have any questions regarding the website or this policy, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Conservation at Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary


Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary's Animal Conservation Program is made possible by the Prescott National Forest of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, and Yavapai County Rural Advisory Committee (RAC), under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-determination Act of 2000 and contributions from private donors.

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary has two, closely related purposes: to provide sanctuary for non-releasable wildlife and to help ensure the future of wildlife in general.

Accomplishing these two goals heavily depends on each other. Without having our resident animals available, the effectiveness and quality of our education and conservation programs would be greatly reduced. Without providing homes for animals that are currently in need, we are ignoring an obvious step in ensuring the existence of wildlife populations in the future.

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary has valuable resources at its hands, including staff skills, land, enclosures, and fundraising abilities. These resources are used in a variety of ways to help conserve and promote wildlife.

HPZS lends assistance to and operates several wildlife conservation programs These include, but are not limited to, Mexican wolf reintroduction program, peregrine falcon nest site monitoring, black-footed ferret field research, wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, and providing photographic material for conservation groups.       

HPZS rescues approximately 200 animals each year; this number continues to grow.

To learn more about the conservation programs HPZS is currently working on, visit the links above under Conservation. We are only able to conduct these projects as our financial resources allow. If you find this work as critical as we do, please visit our support page to learn how you can help ensure we are able to continue conducting wildlife conservation and our other programs.

Rescuing Young Wildlife
What to do if & when you find a baby animal...

As people head outdoors to enjoy the warmer weather this time of year, many will come across young wildlife. Thinking that these adorable, seemingly helpless little creatures have been abandoned, some well-intentioned people will pluck these animals from forest floors and bring them home. Unfortunately this may actually create a problem where one did not exist. In this podcast, Dr. Peregrine Wolff, a veterinarian with the Nevada Department of Wildlife and secretary of the American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians, talks about what to do when encountering young wildlife.


Prices and Policies

Thank you for your interest in the Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary education program. The following information will help you get the most out of your experience. We appreciate your support in ensuring a safe, fun, and educational program. All programs must be booked at least two weeks in advance. Programs are booked on a first come, first serve basis.


  • Highly trained educators will lead your group on an age-appropriate tour or other program that will be fun and interactive.
  • Students will learn many things about the animals here at the Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary.
  • Programs will be educational and fun.
  • Programs run from 1 - 2 hours, depending on the age group and theme.
  • Programs are aligned with Arizona Academic Standards set by the Arizona Department of Education.


  • School groups going beyond fences that are used as barriers.
  • Tour specialists going beyond barriers to coax an animal out of hiding.
  • Every animal on display at all times. If it is a hot day many animals might be in their night houses staying cool. We have no control of where an animal may be during your visit.


Educators will be outside of the gift shop waiting for your group. Please have your group leader make contact with our educators before having your group leave their vehicles.

Please have students wear name tags during their visit at the sanctuary. Have groups divide into appropriate sizes as discussed at the time of booking.

Groups renting the pavilion for lunch may leave their lunches there while the group is participating in their program. However, this area cannot be locked and will be accessible to other patrons. We encourage every student to bring water and to carry it with them during their program.

We encourage every student to wear a hat and sunscreen while at the sanctuary. Please check the weather the day before to advise students to dress appropriately.

We require clients to provide one adult for every ten students in attendance. Chaperones are to be engaged in the program, acting as disciplinarians, if necessary.

There is no smoking on sanctuary property and we prohibit music devices, balloons, straws, in-line skates, roller skates, skateboards, scooters, bikes, and pets in the facility.

The pavilion needs to be kept clean and left how it was found. Garbage containers are provided.


Outreach programs are fun, interactive programs that bring the sanctuary to you. They are conducted indoors, unless otherwise discussed. We will arrive 15 - 20 minutes prior to time scheduled. Please have the area prepared for the program before arrival. We request that the location has a table set up in the front of the audience seating. If you cannot provide a table please let us know ahead of time. Also, let us know if there are any cultural restrictions on the topics or animals we may bring.

We cannot guarantee specific animals, but we will do our best to accommodate requests made at the time of booking.


  • On-Site Programs (tours, classes, etc.): $9.50 per adult, $5.50 per student
  • Additional Programs: $1 more per person
  • Outreach Programs: $2.50 per person plus $0.50 a mile round trip from HPZS ($50 minimum charge per outreach)
  • Birthday Parties: $50 dollars for one live animal and one educator. Other options are available upon request.


The Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary Education Department must receive payment a minimum of seven days prior to the scheduled program date. If late payment is received, services may not be provided.

Please make your checks payable to “Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary” and indicate your reservation number on the check. Payment can be mailed to the following address:

ATTN: Education Department
Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary
1403 Heritage Park Rd.
Prescott, AZ 86301


Cancellations must be made seven or more days in advance to receive a full refund. A cancellation fee of 25% will be charged for programs that are cancelled less then seven days in advance. Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary reserves the right to cancel services for health and safety considerations of the animals, staff, or clients. At client’s request, a rebooking on an available date at least two weeks forward or full refund will be issued, if we cancel.

If you have any questions, contact the Education Coordinator, Leah Wacks, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 928.778.4242, ext. 18.


Group Rentals & Weddings


Rental and Public Spaces

Several areas of the facility are available for general use by visitors, but can also be reserved for private functions like weddings, family and corporate picnics, birthday parties, and reunions. Options exist for all group types and sizes. For small groups, consider the Gazebo. Medium groups may enjoy the Pence Pavilion. The largest groups may rent the Event Center. Even the Kiwanis Korner may be rented, by special reservation. Cost of rental includes admissions fees for the number of guests the space allows. HPZS Members receive a 10% Discount on Venue Rentals. For more information, call 928.778.4242, ext 16.

Event Center Lawn

The Event Center lawn is perfect for weddings, anniversaries, corporate parties, and large events. Events on this space can accommodate up to 300 people. Rental for the day starts at $650.

Wedding Lawn looking at playground

Pence Pavilion

The covered Pence Pavilion is perfect for everything from family reunions to a child’s birthday party. The pavilion can be rented in sections, depending on the size of your event. The entire Pavilion can accommodate up to 120 and costs $500, while Half the Pavilion (50 people) costs $250 and 1/4 (25 people) costs $125.

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Pronghorn Deck

The open-air Pronghorn Deck overlooks our Pronghorn Deer enclosure with amazing views of the lake. Recently, the space we completely remodeled with all new wood, a fresh coat of paint, and a pergola-style roof. It's now one of the prettiest places in the park, perfect for any medium-sized event. This space can accommodate 25 people and costs $225 to rent out.

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Kiwanis Korner

The Kiwanis Ramada is a covered pavilion, located in the Kiwanis Korner next to the small child playground. It's a perfect location for a young child's birthday party! This space allows entry for up to 25 guests and costs $125 to rent for the day.

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The Gazebo has great views and is perfect for small evetns or photo opportunities. This space can accommodate up to 10 people and costs $75.



For more information about venue rentals, contact the Marketing & Events Coordinator at 928.778.4242, ext 16.

Wild Weddings

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary offers three wedding packages that can be customized to fit your needs and make your day perfect!

Wallaby Package – $850

This package includes admission to Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary for up to 120 guests; use of the Pence Pavilion; HPZS staff to coordinate with rental companies, caterers and DJs; use of HPZS facilities for changing rooms and day-of-event storage; post event clean up; a wedding rehearsal prior to the event and your choice of an animal show or animal greeter.*

Tiger Package – $1,200

This package includes admission to Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary for up to 300 guests*; use of the Event Center Lawn; HPZS staff to coordinate with rental companies, caterers and DJs; use of HPZS facilities for changing rooms and day-of-event storage; post event clean up; a wedding rehearsal prior to the event and your choice of an animal show or animal greeter.*

Peacock Package - $1,500

This package includes admission to Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary for up to 300 guests*; use of the Event Center Lawn and Pence Pavilion; HPZS staff to coordinate with rental companies, caterers and DJs; use of HPZS facilities for changing rooms and day-of-event storage; post event clean up; a wedding rehearsal prior to the event and your choice of an animal show or animal greeter.*


Staffing Surcharge for Parties Larger than 120 Guests:

  • 121-170 guests, additional $50
  • 171-220 guests, additional $100
  • 221-300 guests, additional $150
Additional Options

Gazebo Rental - $75

This is the perfect place for intimate ceremonies or photo opportunities.

Pronghorn Deck Rental - $225

The scenic views offered by this location make a great setting for cocktails or appetizers between ceremony and reception.

Additional Animal Show or Animal Greeter* - $50 each animal
*Specific Animals subject to availability



Keeper for a Day/Junior Keeper

Keeper for a Day

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a Zoo Keeper? You can find out with Keeper for a Day at Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary! This unique, hands-on program allows adults to experience what day to day life is like for a zoo keeper. Spend the day alongside an HPZS keeper and you will prepare animal diets, help clean enclosures, feed the animals and assist with animal training. If you are an animal lover, Keeper for a Day is the exciting, behind-the-scenes experience you've been looking for!

What does Keeper for a Day include?

Keeper for a Day includes behinds the scenes access accompanied by an HPZS keeper, a t-shirt and souvenir.

What do I need to bring?

Please dress appropriately for the weather but be prepared to get dirty. Closed-toed shoes are required to access the animal areas. Bring a water bottle, a snack, sack lunch and camera to document your day. A hat and sun block is recommended as participants will spend most of their time outside.

What time does the program run?

Keeper for a Day runs from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

How many people may participate?

Due to space restrictions, this program is restricted to two participants per day.

How old do I have to be to participate?

You must be at least 18 years old to participate. If you are age 13-17, please see our Junior Keeper program.

How much does it cost?

HPZS Members - $100 per person

Non-Members - $125 per person

How do I sign up?

Please register for this program at least one week before you plan to attend. Call (928)778-4242 to register today. Full payments are due at the time of registration.


Junior Keeper

Are you under 18, but want to know more about what it takes to be a Zoo Keeper? Then the Junior Keeper Program is for you! Junior Keeper is similar to the Keeper for a Day program with a few exceptions.

What time does the program run?

Keeper for a Day runs from 10am to 3pm.

How old do I have to be to participate?

You must be between 13 and 17 to participate. Participants under age 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

How much does it cost?

HPZS Members child age 13-15 plus accompanying adult - $150

Non-Members child age 13-15 plus accompanying adult - $170

HPZS Member individual age 16-17 - $75

Non-member individual age 16-17 - $85

How do I sign up?

Please register for this program at least one week before you plan to attend. Call (928)778-4242 to register today. Full payments are due at the time of registration.


Taste of the Wild

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TASTE OF THE WILD - A Celebration of Animals and an Evening of Food, Wine & Fun!

2017 TOW LogoHeld annually, "Taste of the Wild" is the sanctuary's largest fundraising event of the year. The 2017 installment will be taking place on Sunday, October 1, from 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm, and celebrate all kinds of great fun, food, entertainment, and of course, animals! Our theme this year is "The 1970s", which should be a lot of fun with the decorations and various types of entertainment we incorporate! Already, we have some really great ideas in mind - this is an event you won't want to miss!

Along with fun theme ideas we come up with, you'll also see: restaurants, wineries and breweries from all over Arizona offering tastings from their menus; live music and different types of entertainment (casino tables, jukebox, pinball machines, etc.); a silent auction and raffle with amazing destination and entertainment packages; and behind-the-scenes visits and special presentations with some of your favorite animals!

As we're a 501(c)(3) organization that receives no city, state, or federal funding, the proceeds from this fundraiser directly support the animals and education programs at Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary; providing food, triage supplies, and housing needs not only to the animals we have on grounds, but also the hundreds more we'll see come through our gates in need of our help.

Thanks to everyone who attended and helped with the 2016 event. It was a great success! We raised a lot of money for the animals and everyone seemed to have a great time. We're looking forward to even greater success in 2017, but we can't do it without you! Purchase your tickets today to ensure the continued care of these amazing animals.




Event Sponsor

Lyn & Steve DeLano

Supporting Sponsors

Great Circle Radio Logo - Horizontal NEW     PVEC-Black   NAZ Suns

Dinner Sponsors

Prescott Parent Magazine Logo      5enses Magazine Logo      Great Lakes Airlines Logo   raskins logo

Wine Sponsors

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Participating Vendors (list will be continuously updated)

Hassayampa Inn Logo   Wild Iris Coffee House   Granite Mountain Brewing Logo   Barley Hound   Bin 239 Logo   Texas Roadhouse Logo   Prescott Brewing Company Logo 2   Superstition Meadery Logo   Two Mamas Pizza Logo   AZ Stronghold Logo   Barbudos Cantina Logo   Panera Bread Logo   Page Springs Cellars Logo  


For more information on "Taste of the Wild", including sponsorships, how to be a vendor or to donate to our silent auction, please call Alex at 928.778.4242 ext 16, or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Zoo Camp

2005 0621 110026AAHeritage Park Zoological Sanctuary Zoo Camp is a great way for children ages 6 - 12 to learn more about animals, get experience behind-the-scenes at the zoo, get up close and personal with their favorite animals, make fun crafts, play exciting animal-themed games, make new friends and have a great time! Each week of camp has a fun theme so the focus of every week is different. Campers also receive a t-shirt.

Camps are held in spring, summer and fall. Each camp runs from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm each day. Tuition is $150 for members and $175 for non-members. A deposit of $25 is required at the time of registration. Spaces are filled on a first-come, first serve basis, so book early!

To register, please call Leah Wacks at 928.778.4242, ext 18, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Spring Break: March 13 - 17, 2017

Theme: Animal Dance: How animals use movement to communicate in the wild!


CLICK HERE for 2017 Summer Zoo Camp flyer and registration form

Week 1: June 5 - 9, 2017

Theme: Prides and Packs: Wolves live in packs, Mule Deer live in herds and wallabies live in…mobs?! This week we will take a close-up look at animal groups. You will learn why certain animals live in small, large, or even no groups at all. We will study how they interact and how they help one another stay alive.

Week 2: June 12 - 16, 2017

Theme: Celebration Safari: How do different cultures celebrate animals? We’ll explore how cultures from around the world celebrate wild life and wild places.

Week 3: June 19 - 23, 2017

Theme: Animals in Disguise: Explore how animals use disguises and camouflage to survive and thrive in the animal kingdom. And for some animals, it may be even better to stand out and be noticed!

Week 4: June 26 - 30, 2017

Theme: Amazing Animal Appetites: Everybody has to eat! Find out who eats what and who eats who in this tantalizing class about how all of life is connected and recycled. Observe what happens when the web of life is broken.

Zoo Camp Kids

Week 5: July 10 - 14, 2017

Theme: Alien Invaders: Focus on native wildlife, talk about invasive species, what we can do keep these invaders out.

Week 6: July 17 - 21, 2017

Theme: Lions, Tigers, Bears! Oh My! Join us as we learn about the Animals at the top of the food chain and how they fit into their ecosystems.


CLICK HERE for 2017 Fall Zoo Camp flyer and registration form

Fall Break: October 9 - 13, 2017

Theme: Animal Tales: The 3 Bears, the Big Bad Wolf, Crafty Coyote.  Animals have long had important places in stories throughout the ages.  Come learn about how animals in Fables, Fairy Tales, Myths and Legends translate to real animal characteristics. 




Welcome to HPZS Education

Whether you are a teacher or scheduling a visit, we have many interactive programs for all ages. Please, check out our new programs being offered and we look forward to working with you.

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary Outreach Programs are made possible in part through a donation from aps color

Did you know you can support the Sanctuary just by purchasing fun things from our Gift Shop?!

Gift Shop - Interior

Our Gift Shop is always expanding with new and unique items - there's sure to be something different every time you visit! With everything from promotional merchandise and clothing to educational materials and jewelry, we've got something for everybody!

Our Gift Shop is open the same hours as the Sanctuary itself (and every day of the year!), though you do not have to pay admission or enter the park to shop.

Purchasing items from our Gift Shop is the easiest way to support the animals - everybody wins!

Plus, if you become a member, you can save even more money when you shop (10% discount).