Remember Your Zoo This Arizona Gives Day

Arizona Gives Day is a beautiful local tradition of the community coming together to support each other. This year, while our community is separated in unprecedented ways, it is so wonderful that we are able to connect online.

Reid Park Zoo is closed to the public, but we’re here, providing the Zoo’s animals with the same dedication to the highest level of care to ensure they are healthy and thriving. Even though you can’t be here, we know you are with us as we safely bring the Zoo to you online.

Let us introduce you to Oso, the tamandua pup born at the Zoo in late December. In Oso’s first few days of life, he was alert and active. However, after several days he was a little sluggish and had lost more weight than is typical post-birth. Animal care staff stepped in to offer supplemental feedings for the baby tamandua! Several times a day, a team of dedicated animal care professionals bring the pup into the Zoo’s Health Center to eat. They weigh him before and after every feeding, and veterinarian Dr. Roth takes the opportunity to provide a physical exam to make sure the pup is in tip-top shape.

Oso is now a healthy weight and is growing strong! He has recently been enjoying going for rides on his mom’s back as she walks and climbs on outings with our animal care staff. Oso has also started braving leaving his mom’s back for short intervals to explore on his own!

Your Zoo has a long history of being leaders in the care and conservation of this lesser anteater species, and its relative the giant anteater. Follow our social media today for more updates from these incredible anteater species.

If you are able to give this Arizona Gives Daywe hope you will consider making a donation* to help ensure the efforts of our Reid Park Zoo team as they look after the Zoo until we can welcome you once again.

Help Us Meet Our Match 

An anonymous Zoo supported has generously offered to match all Arizona Gives Day donations up to $1,000! Donate today and double the impact your support has for your Zoo. Contributions are more important than ever during this unprecedented moment in history.

*Big news: Due to the recent passage of the CARES Act,  there are changes designed to increase the deductibility of charitable contributions, including a new $300 above-the-line deduction for cash contributions to qualifying charities — like the Reid Park Zoological Society! Learn more about the CARES Act here.