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.

Summer hours end August 31


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.

Lemur Exhibit Grand Opening


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

Meet “Finley” and “Ronan!”

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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.

Giraffe Barn Construction begins August 5th


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

Happy National Zoo Keeper Week!


Our Keepers work hard every day to provide excellent care for each and every animal at Reid Park Zoo. Thank you, Zoo Keepers, for your commitment to wildlife, conservation, and making the Zoo a better place.

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