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
The Zoo recently received the results of a urinary hormone test confirming that 24-year-old female African elephant “Semba” is pregnant. Semba was observed breeding with the Zoo’s bull, “Mabu,” in October of last year, and Zoo staff have been anxious to find out whether the breeding was successful. It was! Elephants have a long gestation… read more
The Zoo’s new exhibit, Grizzly Crossing, opened to the public last Thursday, but the Zoo hosted an event over the weekend to welcome the grizzly bears to Tucson in style. Zoo docents and teen volunteers hosted activities for kids, and Zoo Keepers stopped by to chat with guests about the bears. Meanwhile, Ronan and Finley explored… read more
Starting Thursday, September 19th, grizzly bears Ronan (male) and Finley (female) will be on exhibit daily. You can visit them any time the Zoo is open, from 9am-4pm, and we hope you will! The exhibit now features a stream, and two connecting exhibit spaces–one with a big pool, and one with a grassy yard. The… read more
Have you even wondered what happens in the Zoo at night, when no one’s around? Here’s your chance to find out! On Saturday, October 5, the Zoo will be hosting a campout for families with kids ages 5 and up—and it’ll be a night to remember. We’ll have the Event Garden open from 6:00-7:00 p.m…. read more
The Zoo’s new grizzly bears are settling in well, and should be ready for their public debut in just a few weeks. Zoo Keeper Alisha give a behind the scenes update on the bears–click here to watch.
Don’t forget, Zoo summer hours end on Saturday, August 31. We’ll be open from 9am-4pm starting Sunday, September 1, which means you (and the anteaters) get to sleep in! More information about hours and current rates can be found here.
Introducing two black-and-white ruffed lemurs, Pepe and Nuit! “The new lemur habitat is a magnificent addition to Reid Park Zoo” states Jason Jacobs, Zoo Administrator. “Zoo staff is to be commended for renovating a dilapidated exhibit and updating it with new mesh for ease of viewing. The landscaping and enrichment features create a vibrant habitat for lemurs,… read more
It’s official, “Finley” and “Ronan” are the clear winners of the grizzly bear naming vote. Both names pay tribute to locations close to where the bears were rescued. What’s next? Introducing Finley and Ronan to their exhibit once modifications are complete. Stay tuned, soon we’ll let you know when the bears will make their debut.
On Monday, August 5th, construction will start on a giraffe barn upgrade–we’re adding a structure that will allow the giraffes to be safely and comfortably contained during medical procedures. During construction, walkways near the barn may be blocked for short periods, but giraffes will be on exhibit most of the day (they will retire to… read more