Vantage West Sponsored Animal Presentations

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Planning a weekend Zoo visit?  Be sure to check out one of our scheduled animal presentations, where you’ll watch a training session or see an animal get an enrichment treat while you learn more about our animals and how Zoo Keepers care for them. Our presentations are always timed to benefit animal and Keeper schedules,… read more

Tapir Calf Explores Pool 9-10-15

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The Zoo’s tapir calf has his very own “baby pool,” and he got some supervised swim time this week!

Lions Playing in Puddles

Lions Playing in the Rain

Tucson’s sudden summer storms can turn an animal exhibit into a mud pit within minutes. Lions aren’t generally known for their love of water, but a recent exciting break in their afternoon routine proved irresistible to our playful young lions. Click the link below to watch!

It’s National Zoo Keeper Week!

Keeper work

This week (July 19-25) is National Zoo Keeper Week–a great opportunity for us to appreciate the hard work Reid Park Zoo’s Keepers do every day of the year! Sure, there’s some cuddling of fuzzy little babies, but there’s also a lot of cleaning, coaxing, and hauling involved in caring for animals. Our Keepers take it… read more

Congratulations 2015 Teen Volunteers!


Congratulations to our newest group of Teen Volunteers, who graduated from their training class last month. These youths join a vibrant group of seasoned Zoo Teens who conduct face painting, craft, and information stations around the Zoo, enhancing our guests’ experience while educating them about important wildlife and conservation issues. This is no summer job; the Teens commit to volunteering their… read more

A Team Effort

Sue and Curtis

The Zoo’s African elephant herd came to Tucson from San Diego Zoo Safari Park in 2012, but Reid Park Zoo’s partnership with San Diego’s elephant experts didn’t end there. Keepers from SDZSP still come to Tucson regularly to network with our staff, discuss animal care, and fine-tune positive training techniques. Together, the team strives to… read more

Summer Update


It’s summertime in Tucson, and it’s HOT at Reid Park Zoo! Although the Zoo’s exhibits feature ample shade and water, on very hot days some animals will be given access to cooled behind-the-scenes spaces. We’re sure you will agree that giving animals the choice to take a break from the excessive heat is best for their… read more

Nandi News


With baby elephant Nandi’s first birthday upon us (August 20), we asked her keepers to give us with an update about her growth and progress, and how she spends her days. Here’s what they said: Nandi has begun a training program, but it’s still very basic. She’s learning to follow her trainers, and to keep all… read more

Lemur Introductions


Lately, Zoo guests have been treated to lots of whooping and screeching that can be heard far from the black and white ruffed lemur exhibit where it originates. Lemurs aren’t large animals, but boy can they make noise! The Zoo currently houses four lemurs: two males and two females. Junior and Jasper, the males, arrived… read more

Nesting for the Holidays

Mot mot collage

One nest does NOT fit all–the nesting habits of different bird species are as varied as their colors and songs. The Zoo’s blue crowned motmots are naturally inclined to nest in tunnels in banks, so some Eagle Scouts worked with Zoo Supervisors to design and build a nesting structure that mimics a wild motmot nest, but also allows Keepers… read more