Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary (formerly the Heritage Park Zoo and earlier, the Prescott Animal Park) was established in 1988 in Prescott, Arizona by Patricia "Tricia" C. Williams and several other volunteers who established a non-profit organization in 1985 called the Prescott Animal Park Association (PAPA). Initially, the animal park was established in order to inherit the former Payson Zoo run by Randy Ferry but after the establishment of the association, Randy Ferry reconsidered and continued operations in Payson. Today, this sanctuary's motto is "Conservation through Education" and is home to over 175 native and exotic animal with a focus on non-releasable wildlife, with no other place to live out their lives. The Zoo's first keepers were Bob Matthews of Prescott, AZ and Mike Mahoney of CA.
Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary, formerly known as Heritage Park Zoo, is a non-profit wildlife sanctuary, dedicated to the conservation and protection of native and exotic animals. Located in Prescott, Arizona, the sanctuary provides a source of recreation, education and entertainment for all ages. With the mission of "Conservation through Education," Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary provides a unique and up-close experience with animals visitors may see nowhere else.
Animals at Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary all have a story and lesson to teach. Most are incapacitated and rescued from the wild or from inappropriate captive situations. At the sanctuary, the animals are respectfully displayed in natural habitats intended to educate the public on a variety of topics. Additional educational services are provided to Northern Arizona such as outreaches and guided tours of the facilities.