Saturday, November 16 is the Tucson Family Festival in the Park! In addition to games, crafts, and activities for all ages in ReidPark, the Zoo will be FREE all day (from 9am-4pm). We anticipate a VERY busy day in the Zoo, so please come prepared for crowds. For those of you who prefer less chaos,… read more
In the News
Introducing two black-and-white ruffed lemurs, Pepe and Nuit! “The new lemur habitat is a magnificent addition to Reid Park Zoo” states Jason Jacobs, Zoo Administrator. “Zoo staff is to be commended for renovating a dilapidated exhibit and updating it with new mesh for ease of viewing. The landscaping and enrichment features create a vibrant habitat for lemurs,… read more
Baby anteater “Zola,” born Sept 27, 2012, doesn’t look like a baby anymore. At almost 30 lbs, she’s getting too big to ride on mom’s back–but she’s doing a lot of brave exploring on her own. Check it out in this video, or come visit us in the afternoon (when late-sleeper Zola is most likely… read more
Saturday July 13th, from 8:00 AM until 11:00 AM, Alliance for School Choice is hosting an event at the Reid Park Zoo to help educate families on alternative schooling options for children. Children will be admitted free with paying adults. Alliance for School Choice will be giving away up to 300 backpacks, full of school… read more
We will soon welcome a new Zoo Administrator! Jason Jacobs, selected through a national search, is coming to Tucson after serving as the Director of Development and Marketing for the Los Angeles Zoo since 2005. Prior to the Los Angeles Zoo, Jason worked at the Potawatomi, Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, and Zoo Miami. Jason… read more
Male Malayan tiger “Baheem” got a clean bill of health on his recent medical exam, and a Zoo Keeper got a rare chance to safely measure her hand next to his paw.
COMING SOON! We look forward to welcoming brown bears by fall. We have already started modifications to the old polar bear habitat to get ready for them. Brown bears need more shallow water space and we will combine the two smaller parts of the habitat into one large space. We are working with state and… read more
2-27-13: From Elephant Supervisor, Sue Tygielski Last month I had a great opportunity to visit the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park and meet up with my elephant training colleagues. It’s always a treat to visit with them and watch them work with the elephants. I look forward to every opportunity to learn from fellow elephant… read more
From Zoo Elephant Manager Sue Tygielski: Last month I had a great opportunity to visit the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park and meet up with my elephant training colleagues. It’s always a treat to visit with them and watch them work with the elephants. I look forward to every opportunity to learn from fellow elephant… read more
How do Keepers safely work with elephants? Through a barrier, like this one, that allows controlled access. Next time you’re in Expedition Tanzania, check to see whether there’s a session going on at the training wall!