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!


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


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

Elephant “Semba” is Expecting!

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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

Visit Grizzly Crossing

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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

Grizzly Bear Exhibit Opens this Week!

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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

Grizzly bear update

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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.