Introducing Nandi!

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The entire community was invited to participate in a naming poll to choose the name for the new baby elephant, and we’re pleased to announce the winning name: Nandi (Nahn-dee), which is a common siSwati name for girls and means “sweet” or “fun” in the Zulu language. You can read more about the naming process, and… read more

It’s a Girl!

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Semba delivered her calf at 10:55pm on August 20, 2014, after being in active labor for only 20 minutes. The calf hit the ground at exactly 10:55pm, took a first breath immediately, stood up within minutes, and began to nurse within the hour. The calf has not been named or weighed quite yet. The first 48-72… read more

Visit The Elephant Baby Info Page!

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Questions about the new elephant baby? Curious what she’s been up to? We update this page frequently–check it out!

Meet New Male Otter “Hasani!”

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Although African spotted-necked otters are often solitary in the wild, there’s nothing more fun than watching two playful otters at the Zoo! We’re pleased to welcome “Hasani,” a male African spotted-necked otter, who recently came to Reid Park from the Toledo Zoo. Hasani is just a little over a year old (he was born in… read more

Lion Cubs Get Their 3-week Check-Up

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The Zoo’s four African lion cubs got a 3-week check-up yesterday–they were separated from their mother briefly to be weighed and examined by the Zoo’s vet team.  Each of the cubs weighs between 5-6 lbs, and is growing fast!  To see some adorable footage of the cubs during their exam, click here.

Baby Tapir Born January 4, 2014

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The baby tapir is finally here!  After a 13-month pregnancy, Baird’s tapir “Contessa” gave birth to a male calf on January 4.  While both mom and calf are healthy, Contessa was not nursing the baby, and displayed aggression towards him.  For his health and safety, he is now being hand-raised by Keepers.  This is very… read more

Lion cubs born December 23, 2013!

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On the morning of December 23, a Zoo Keeper heard tiny vocalizations coming from the “cubbing den” of female lion “Kaya.”  Kaya had given birth overnight, and the following day it was confirmed that five cubs were born, but one did not survive. Of the four remaining cubs, three are males and one is a… read more

Update on Elephant Pregnancy

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Click here to watch the latest episode of Zoo News, produced by Tucson 12 – The City Channel, featuring female elephant “Semba” who is expected to give birth next summer!

Zoo News Introduces the Lemurs

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Get to know the Zoo’s new black and white ruffed lemurs in this Zoo News video from Tucson 12, The City Channel.  Click here to watch!

The Story of Grizzly Bears Ronan and Finley

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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