The Pachyderm Pregnancy Page is here!

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As we reach the final stages of preparation to welcome an elephant calf at Reid Park Zoo, this new page on our website will keep you posted! We will keep the page up to date with answers to frequently asked questions, Zoo Keeper notes, veterinary insights, and more! We want you to be as excited (and nervous!)… read more

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

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