Baby Tapir Born January 4, 2014

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The baby tapir is finally here!  After a 13-month pregnancy, Baird’s tapir “Contessa” gave birth to a male calf on January 4.  While both mom and calf are healthy, Contessa was not nursing the baby, and displayed aggression towards him.  For his health and safety, he is now being hand-raised by Keepers.  This is very… read more

Lion cubs born December 23, 2013!

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On the morning of December 23, a Zoo Keeper heard tiny vocalizations coming from the “cubbing den” of female lion “Kaya.”  Kaya had given birth overnight, and the following day it was confirmed that five cubs were born, but one did not survive. Of the four remaining cubs, three are males and one is a… read more

Update on Elephant Pregnancy

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Click here to watch the latest episode of Zoo News, produced by Tucson 12 – The City Channel, featuring female elephant “Semba” who is expected to give birth next summer!

‘Tis the Season for Zoo Lights!

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Come to the Zoo between 6-8pm from Friday, December 6 through Monday, December 23rd for an evening of beautiful lights and decorations, live entertainment, and visits with Santa at Zoo Lights, presented this year by BMO Harris Bank. How many lights does it take to fill the Zoo?  No one is willing to count, but… read more

Free Day at the Zoo 11-16-13

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Saturday, November 16 is the Tucson Family Festival in the Park!  In addition to games, crafts, and activities for all ages in ReidPark, the Zoo will be FREE all day (from 9am-4pm).  We anticipate a VERY busy day in the Zoo, so please come prepared for crowds.  For those of you who prefer less chaos,… read more

Howl-o-ween Instagram Challenge

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The Zoo joined Instagram just last month, and this was our first Instagram Challenge!  Participants at Howl-o-ween were encouraged to post their photos using #zoohowloween.  These are our favorites–Instagram users are credited in the lower corner of each photo.  Thanks to everyone who submitted a photo.  Stay tuned for our upcoming Zoo Lights Instagram Challenge!… read more

Happy Howl-o-ween 2013!

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Thank you to everyone who participated in Howl-o-ween 2013! We couldn’t have done it without our incredibly hard-working volunteers, sponsors, and staff…or without the over 10,000 of you who attended the event! Dazzling lights, decorations, costumes and candy brought smiles to so many faces–happy Howl-o-ween from Reid Park Zoo!

Howl-o-ween Instagram Challenge!

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Coming to Howl-o-ween this weekend?  Take our Howl-o-ween Instagram Challenge!  It’s easy: Use your mobile device to take a fun photo at Howl-o-ween. Upload your photo to Instagram, tag @reidparkzoo and use #zoohowloween. Make sure your Instagram profile is public, and post your photo! We’ll review the photos next week, and select our favorites to… read more

The Story of Grizzly Bears Ronan and Finley

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At Reid Park Zoo, Keepers want every animal that arrives from another location to feel welcomed and loved in its new home.  Moving can be a stressful experience, during which animals are overwhelmed with brand new sights, sounds, and smells.  If you’ve ever moved from one house to another, you know how disorienting it can… read more