Founder of Wildlife World Zoo dies at 80

By Associated Press
Published: Monday, January 10, 2022 - 10:35am
Updated: Monday, January 10, 2022 - 10:42am

Wildlife World Zoo
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Wildlife World Zoo near Litchfield Park, Arizona.

The founder of the Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park near Litchfield Park has died.

Zoo officials said in a news release that founder and owner Mickey Ollson died Sunday after a short battle with cancer. He was 80 years old.

The zoo recalled Ollson as a “dreamer” determined since childhood to open his own zoo.

Ollson was a teacher but retired in his mid-40s to pursue running his own zoo.

Ollson opened the Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park in 1984.

He is survived by his wife, Connie, four children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial services are pending.

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