by Jim Schnormeier, Reid Park Zoo General Curator   A wise man once told me “a good Army runs off of its lieutenants.” Even though I was not in the military, and I am not that familiar with its ranking system, I did understand what he was saying. If you correlate lieutenants to Area Supervisors… read more

International Polar Bear Day

February 27th is International Polar Bear Day! Polar bears awe and inspire us with their strength and beauty, but they really need our help. Polar bears rely on sea ice to hunt seals, their main source of food. As the planet warms, the sea ice melts—and polar bears are unable to get the nutrients they… read more

Winning Photo Chosen

Nandi Madaras Vote

The results are in, and Photo #1 was the winner by a landslide. Diana Madaras will use this photo to create a work of art featuring Nandi; we are excited to see the final painting! Thanks to everyone who participated in the voting. Once the painting is finished, we will select a winner to receive his… read more

Local Artist Paints Nandi

Nandi Madaras Vote

Renowned Tucson artist Diana Madaras will paint a portrait of Tucson’s very own elephant calf, Nandi, and YOU can help choose the photo Diana will use for the painting. Click here to view the three photos, and to vote for your favorite. One vote per person, please. When you vote, you will be entered in… read more

Zoo Receives TEP/Unisource Grant

TEP Grant receipt

Reid Park Zoo loves students – so we are thrilled to have recently received an award from TEP/Unisource’s Grants That Make a Difference to help expand our Zoo To You Outreach Program for Pima County schools! The Zoo’s education program helps teachers create powerful science learning experiences for students, either with guided programs the Zoo or… read more

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

Elephant thumbnail

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

Nature Play November 2015 (1)

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

A mountain race

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 Open


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