Baby Anteater Update 1-24-13

Baby anteater “Zola,” born Sept 27, 2012, doesn’t look like a baby anymore. At almost 30 lbs, she’s getting too big to ride on mom’s back–but she’s doing a lot of brave exploring on her own. Check it out in this video, or come visit us in the afternoon (when late-sleeper Zola is most likely… read more

Piñata Friday!

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This may be the only time you’ll see an otter stalking an elephant–it’s piñata Friday at Zoo Caper Summer Camp!   Campers have spent the week building giraffes, elephants, flamingos, and…cheeseburgers (?) out of cardboard boxes and papier–mâché.  Today, keepers will stuff these creations with species-appropriate food items, and campers will get to watch animals enjoy… read more

Summer Kid’s Tour, Saturday July 13th

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Saturday July 13th, from 8:00 AM until 11:00 AM, Alliance for School Choice is hosting an event at the Reid Park Zoo to help educate families on alternative schooling options for children. Children will be admitted free with paying adults. Alliance for School Choice will be giving away up to 300 backpacks, full of school… read more

New Zoo Administrator Announced

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We will soon welcome a new Zoo Administrator! Jason Jacobs, selected through a national search, is coming to Tucson after serving as the Director of Development and Marketing for the Los Angeles Zoo since 2005. Prior to the Los Angeles Zoo, Jason worked at the Potawatomi, Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, and Zoo Miami. Jason… read more

Sita goes for a Swim


Your house cat might not like to take baths, but tigers are pretty good swimmers and sometimes hunt in shallow water.  This video features Sita, the Zoo’s female tiger, spending tranquil afternoon time in her pool.  Click here to watch the video.

Welcome, Amalia the Guanaco!


Amalia, a female guanaco, recently arrived at Reid Park Zoo from Idaho Falls.  Amalia will be introduced to her exhibit in a few weeks, after a standard quarantine period.  In the meantime, she’s getting to know her Zoo Keepers and enjoying some rose petal enrichment.

Summer Hours and Rates Take Effect June 1!

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Don’t forget, the Zoo will be open from 8am-3pm during the months of June, July, and August.  The Giraffe Encounter will take place at 9:30am every day, with an additional Encounter on weekends at 1:30pm. Summer rates will also be in effect from June-August: $8.00 adults ages 15-61 $6.00 seniors ages 62+ $4.00 children ages… read more

The Zoo Heats Up

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Temperatures are rising in Tucson and the Zoo, jam-packed with visitors all spring, is starting to quiet down in the afternoons. But what about the animals? If we’re hot, aren’t they hot? How does the Zoo make sure its animal residents stay healthy and comfortable in warmer weather? First of all, many of the animals… read more

Tapir Nose


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.