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.
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
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
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!
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!
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
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
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
Starting Thursday, September 19th, grizzly bears Ronan (male) and Finley (female) will be on exhibit daily. You can visit them any time the Zoo is open, from 9am-4pm, and we hope you will! The exhibit now features a stream, and two connecting exhibit spaces–one with a big pool, and one with a grassy yard. The… read more
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.