Tickets Now Available Online

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Spend less time at the cashier window and more time visiting your favorite animals by printing your tickets in advance!

Enrichment at the Zoo

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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

Howl-o-ween Instagram Challenge

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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

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!

Summer hours end August 31


Don’t forget, Zoo summer hours end on Saturday, August 31. We’ll be open from 9am-4pm starting Sunday, September 1, which means you (and the anteaters) get to sleep in! More information about hours and current rates can be found here.

Happy National Zoo Keeper Week!


Our Keepers work hard every day to provide excellent care for each and every animal at Reid Park Zoo. Thank you, Zoo Keepers, for your commitment to wildlife, conservation, and making the Zoo a better place.

Piñata Friday!

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This may be the only time you’ll see an otter stalking an elephant–it’s piñata Friday at Zoo Caper Summer Camp!   Campers have spent the week building giraffes, elephants, flamingos, and…cheeseburgers (?) out of cardboard boxes and papier-mâché.  Today, keepers will stuff these creations with species-appropriate food items, and campers will get to watch animals enjoy… read more

Sita goes for a Swim


Your house cat might not like to take baths, but tigers are pretty good swimmers and sometimes hunt in shallow water.  This video features Sita, the Zoo’s female tiger, spending tranquil afternoon time in her pool.  Click here to watch the video.

Summer Hours and Rates Take Effect June 1!

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Don’t forget, the Zoo will be open from 8am-3pm during the months of June, July, and August.  The Giraffe Encounter will take place at 9:30am every day, with an additional Encounter on weekends at 1:30pm. Summer rates will also be in effect from June-August: $8.00 adults ages 15-61 $6.00 seniors ages 62+ $4.00 children ages… read more

The Zoo Heats Up

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Temperatures are rising in Tucson and the Zoo, jam-packed with visitors all spring, is starting to quiet down in the afternoons. But what about the animals? If we’re hot, aren’t they hot? How does the Zoo make sure its animal residents stay healthy and comfortable in warmer weather? First of all, many of the animals… read more