Reid Park Zoo Has Updated its COVID-19 Protocols

Here is What You Need to Know to Plan Your Visit to the Zoo

As an outdoor, open-air facility, Reid Park Zoo offers ample room for social distancing with 24 spacious acres.  We value the role our Zoo plays in providing the Tucson community with safe, outdoor family experiences with nature which boost mental health and provide comfort. We look forward to welcoming you on a visit soon.

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Here is what you need to know to plan your visit to the Zoo:

Mask Policy:

  • Masks are not required for fully vaccinated guests. Unvaccinated guests should wear masks when indoors at the Zoo and when not physically distanced from others not in one’s party. Unvaccinated guests who choose not to wear a mask should wait and visit us at a later time when COVID-19 safety measures have been lifted. Proof of vaccination status is not required. The Zoo is following guidance from the CDC and Pima County Health Department regarding its mask policy. You can review the CDC’s best practices online. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present and guests assume responsibility for their health and safety.
  • If you or a member of your family are feeling unwell, please visit the Zoo at another time.
  • All Reid Park Zoo staff must wear masks in public areas of the Zoo and are not allowed to work if they are sick.

Purchasing Tickets:

  • Advanced, timed tickets are required at the Zoo until June 1, 2021. Beginning June 1, guests are able to purchase tickets directly at the front admission gate and will no longer have to reserve tickets online.

Social Distancing:

  • Please be aware of others’ space and maintain a 6 foot distance between you and other parties. There are floor signs and banners throughout the Zoo to help guide you.
  • Avoid overcrowding at popular exhibits or inside buildings. If there are others at an exhibit, consider waiting a few minutes before approaching so everyone can have a chance to see.
  • Refrain from knocking on, tapping, or touching exhibit windows and never place your mouth on handrails.

Other Safety Tips:

  • Summer days are hot in Tucson. Please remember to wear sunscreen and/or a sun hat and bring sunglasses.
  • Hot temperatures also bring the need to stay hydrated. Remember to bring your own reusable water bottle.  A touchless water refill station is located near the front entry restroom.  Bottled and canned water is also available for purchase in the Zoo café and at food kiosks.
  • Clean your hands frequently. For your comfort and safety, hand sanitizer stations are amply available throughout the Zoo. Guests are encouraged to practice good handwashing etiquette and to utilize hand sanitizer as needed.

What Is Open or Closed:

  • All animal exhibits are open (Note: The Andean Bear exhibit is temporarily closed for habitat renovations)
  • Water fountains remain closed. Please refer to the information above regarding bringing water to stay hydrated.
  • Indoor facilities, including the Conservation Learning Center, are open.
  • All amenities, except giraffe feedings, are open.
  • Carousel and train rides are open.

Thank You For Supporting Reid Park Zoo

Reid Park Zoo’s mission is “to create inspiring memories for all by connecting people and animals to ensure the protection of wild animals and wild places.” The safety and comfort of our guests, staff and animals remains our top priority.  We look forward to welcoming you to Reid Park Zoo.

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