Lemur Fun


Who wants food in the same old bowl every day? Zoo Keepers challenge animals to use their natural dexterity by hiding food around their habitats, or by putting it in a puzzle. Black and white ruffed lemurs are great at manipulating objects to get pieces of fruit out!        

Behind-the-Scenes with Elephants

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Have you ever wondered what the elephants are doing when they’re out of view in Expedition Tanzania? Our elephant keeper team conducts multiple training sessions per day with the elephants, and some of these take place at a special training area behind-the-scenes. Here, elephant keepers can work closely with the animals through a protective barrier. In this… read more

November Nature Play Sundays

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Join us during the month of November for Nature Play Sundays at the Zoo! From 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. each Sunday in November we’ll have a free-play area set up near our Conservation Learning Center for kids to dig, build, splash, and more! Sand pits, water tables, building blocks, and tools will be provided–kids just need… read more

TMC Get Moving Tucson Event Benefits Zoo

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The Zoo is excited to be one of the beneficiaries of funds raised at this year’s TMC Get Moving Tucson Event, hosted by Southern Arizona Roadrunners on Sunday, October 25th. The event includes a half-marathon, a 5K walk or run, and the Cox Charities Free Family Mile Walk/Run. It’ll be a great morning of fitness and… read more

Wildlife Carousel Opens


The carousel is now open! We hope you’ll come to the Zoo soon and take a ride on a gibbon, anteater, or eagle. The American-made carousel features representatives from 30 different animal species. Each animal was painstakingly fabricated and hand painted. The carousel is topped by a safari-themed thatched roof, so it blends in nicely with… read more

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!

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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