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
‘Tis the season for flamingo chicks! This fuzzy little one hatched just before Thanksgiving, joining sister Alice (hatched in October) as the youngest members of the flock. Wild Chilean flamingos nest at high altitudes, so these birds are naturally adapted for cold temperatures. On chilly nights at the Zoo, the young flamingos’ parents huddle around them to keep… read more
On Saturday December 29th, Reid Park Zoo set a new attendance record when our 606,885th visitor walked through the gates! The previous record of 606,884 was set in 2012, the year Expedition Tanzania opened. 2014 has also been a great year for the Zoo–after a mild winter and a series of successful spring and summer events,… read more
The Enrichment Tree is located in the Zoo’s Conservation Learning Center, and is accessible during regular Zoo hours (9am-4pm daily). Zoo Keepers have compiled a list of items they know their animals will LOVE, and have decorated this tree with ornaments listing each item separately. Just take an ornament, purchase the product (instructions on where to find,… read more
Elephant calf Nandi turned 3 months old on November 20! To celebrate this milestone, we are hosting a photo contest to find her best baby picture. Click HERE to submit your photo and vote on your favorite–the entry with the most votes by 12/4 will win a Behind-the-Scenes tour!
On Saturday November 1, Zoo Keepers gave pumpkins to just about every animal at the Zoo! Check out these great photos of animals enjoying a special fall treat: Thanks again to Buckelew Farm for donating the pumpkins!
The Zoo is now offering companies, associations and hotels the opportunity to offer their employees, members and guests discounted consignment tickets online.
At the Zoo, caring for animals goes way beyond feeding and cleaning. Animals are regularly enriched with a changing array of pre-approved tastes, smells, and toys that stimulate their senses and encourage natural behaviors. Enrichment keeps animals active and engaged with their surroundings, and that’s a benefit for visitors too! On your next trip, you… read more
The Zoo joined Instagram just last month, and this was our first Instagram Challenge! Participants at Howl-o-ween were encouraged to post their photos using #zoohowloween. These are our favorites–Instagram users are credited in the lower corner of each photo. Thanks to everyone who submitted a photo. Stay tuned for our upcoming Zoo Lights Instagram Challenge!… read more
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!