How do you pick up branches if you don’t have opposable thumbs? If you’re a tapir, you use your nose! Contessa the tapir enjoys a freshly cut branch on exhibit. Tapirs are herbivores, so this leafy limb is a great treat for her.
COMING SOON! We look forward to welcoming brown bears by fall. We have already started modifications to the old polar bear habitat to get ready for them. Brown bears need more shallow water space and we will combine the two smaller parts of the habitat into one large space. We are working with state and… read more
We will be starting modifications to the old mandrill habitat soon. We look forward to welcoming a breeding pair of Black and White Ruffed lemurs by fall. Although exact placement plans are not finalized yet, the Zoo’s Curator, Jim Schnormeier, is working with other accredited zoos and the Species Survival Plan® (SSP) to determine how… read more
2-27-13: From Elephant Supervisor, Sue Tygielski Last month I had a great opportunity to visit the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park and meet up with my elephant training colleagues. It’s always a treat to visit with them and watch them work with the elephants. I look forward to every opportunity to learn from fellow elephant… read more
From Zoo Elephant Manager Sue Tygielski: Last month I had a great opportunity to visit the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park and meet up with my elephant training colleagues. It’s always a treat to visit with them and watch them work with the elephants. I look forward to every opportunity to learn from fellow elephant… read more
Zoo Caper Summer Camp will open for registration at 8am on Tuesday, February 19th! Multiple camp sessions will be available for campers entering 1st through 6th grade, with different topics and activities for each age group. Click here for schedule and pricing information. The best part is that Zoo Members get a discount! Buy a… read more
How do Keepers safely work with elephants? Through a barrier, like this one, that allows controlled access. Next time you’re in Expedition Tanzania, check to see whether there’s a session going on at the training wall!
Reid Park Zoo will be hosting a workshop called “INTERPRETIVE DESIGN and the dance of experience – A Special Workshop with Steve Van Matre,” on Jan 18-19, 2013. This workshop is for all those who assist visitors in getting to know their public jewels – leisure sites from Aquaria to Nature Centers to Zoos –… read more
Can you believe the Zoo’s African lion “cubs,” born in July of 2011, have gotten this big? Male “Abuto,” pictured here with his brother “Ayotunde,” will be moving to the Zoo’s health center on Monday to start crate training for his transfer to Colorado’s Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in late December or early January. Ayotunde will… read more
Reminder: The Zoo’s seasonal admission rates will change on Saturday, December 1. The Zoo’s daily admission rates from December 1, 2012 – to May 31, 2013 will be: Adults: $9; Seniors (62+) $7; Children (2-14) $5. Or purchase a membership now at and visit as many times as you’d like for a whole year! Thanks,… read more