Phoenix (April 14, 2009) – On Tuesday, April 21, 2009, students from the Phoenix Day School for the Deaf will experience animals in a new way at the Phoenix Zoo. The University of Phoenix Kid's Day is planned by the Wildest Club in Town and the AZ Deaf and Blind Foundation and will include a special animal encounter, lunch, a Safari Train ride and a gift.

"The Phoenix Zoo offers children an unforgettable experience with animals and University of Phoenix Kid's Day allows us the opportunity to offer this experience to children with special needs," said Bill Hewitt, president of the Wildest Club in Town. "We are honored to be affiliated with the Phoenix Zoo and give back to the community and excited for the children."

The special animal encounter will include activities focused on touch and a large speaker that will play animal sounds and vibrations the children can feel.

The day will be attended by 30 kindergarteners and 12 teachers from the Phoenix Day School for the Deaf.

About the Wildest Club in Town

Founded in 1972, the Wildest Club in Town comprises working professionals dedicated to supporting the Phoenix Zoo through volunteerism and fundraising.

About the Phoenix Zoo

The Phoenix Zoo is a non-profit zoological park that serves 1.5 million guests annually. Home to more than 1,300 animals and many endangered and threatened species, the Zoo is dedicated to inspiring people to live in ways that promote the well being of the natural world.


University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Through flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning, students achieve personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. As of February 28, 2009, 397,700 students were enrolled at University of Phoenix, the largest private university in North America. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world.


Lauren Strait
Communications Specialist
The Phoenix Zoo

Wendy Paul