Barracuda!

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A new form of predator has arrived at Wildlife World. The soon-to-be-on-display animals are found throughout the world's oceans lying in wait to ambush their prey. Known as barracuda, these elongated fish with their fang-like teeth have a dubious reputation among swimmers and divers. While they are quite capable of defending themselves, some of the barracuda's bad reputation is probably overstated, just as it is for sharks.

The new fish are part of the exciting Wildlife World Aquarium due to open in about a month. New species seem to arrive almost daily! Most have never been on public display in Arizona. Wildlife World Zoo already has about 400 species on display-the new 16-acre aquarium campus will add about 150 more varieties. Plus, the new facility includes an expansive park entrance, paved and lighted parking lot, retail shops, a fine dining restaurant and patio bar, and a log flume ride.

Look for more news and photos about the aquarium in the coming weeks. For now, check out our new zoo and aquarium logo!

Grey Stafford, Ph.D. is the Director of Conservation and Communications at the Wildlife World Zoo and author of the new pet-training book, " ". He appears frequently on 3TV with some of the zoo's fascinating animals.

Wildlife World Zoo, which is located at 16501 W. Northern Ave., Litchfield Park, is open 365 days a year, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Daytime admission is $16.99 (plus tax) for adults and $8.99 (plus tax) for children 3 to 12; children 2 and younger get in free. For more information, call 623-935-WILD (9453) or visit .