Behind-the-Scenes with Elephants

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Have you ever wondered what the elephants are doing when they’re out of view in Expedition Tanzania? Our elephant keeper team conducts multiple training sessions per day with the elephants, and some of these take place at a special training area behind-the-scenes. Here, elephant keepers can work closely with the animals through a protective barrier. In this… read more

November Nature Play Sundays

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Join us during the month of November for Nature Play Sundays at the Zoo! From 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. each Sunday in November we’ll have a free-play area set up near our Conservation Learning Center for kids to dig, build, splash, and more! Sand pits, water tables, building blocks, and tools will be provided–kids just need… read more

TMC Get Moving Tucson Event Benefits Zoo

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The Zoo is excited to be one of the beneficiaries of funds raised at this year’s TMC Get Moving Tucson Event, hosted by Southern Arizona Roadrunners on Sunday, October 25th. The event includes a half-marathon, a 5K walk or run, and the Cox Charities Free Family Mile Walk/Run. It’ll be a great morning of fitness and… read more

Wildlife Carousel Open


The carousel is now open! We hope you’ll come to the Zoo soon and take a ride on a gibbon, anteater, or eagle. The American-made carousel features representatives from 30 different animal species. Each animal was painstakingly fabricated and hand painted. The carousel is topped by a safari-themed thatched roof, so it blends in nicely with… read more

Tapir Calf Named Toliver


The votes are in – and the tapir calf has been named Toliver. We received THOUSANDS of votes, so we’ll be sending a $3,000 donation from YOU to help protect tapirs in the wild. Thank you so much! Unfortunately, Toliver is not feeling his best and will not be on exhibit for a few days… read more

Vantage West Sponsored Animal Presentations

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Planning a weekend Zoo visit?  Be sure to check out one of our scheduled animal presentations, where you’ll watch a training session or see an animal get an enrichment treat while you learn more about our animals and how Zoo Keepers care for them. Our presentations are always timed to benefit animal and Keeper schedules,… read more

Baird’s Tapir Calf Born 8-29-15

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Reid Park Zoo’s Baird’s tapir, Contessa, gave birth to a male calf on Saturday, August 29, at approximately 5:30 p.m. The calf appears healthy, is nursing regularly, and is becoming more active every day. He has not been named yet. Contessa and the calf will remain behind-the-scenes for several weeks to gain strength, and to bond with minimal… read more

Nandi’s Birthday Photos

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Nandi was lucky enough to have TWO 1st birthday parties in her honor. Guests sang “Happy Birthday,” signed birthday cards, and made elephant ear headbands. Meanwhile, Nandi opened her gifts and played with the wrapping paper! Below are some photos of the festivities. Nandi thanks everyone for the birthday wishes!

Lions Playing in Puddles

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Tucson’s sudden summer storms can turn an animal exhibit into a mud pit within minutes. Lions aren’t generally known for their love of water, but a recent exciting break in their afternoon routine proved irresistible to our playful young lions. Click the link below to watch!