The Meerkat Mob is Back!
The meerkat mob is back, with an expanded habitat!
Two popular attractions at Reid Park Zoo have been under construction but guests will now have the opportunity to get eye-to-eye with two of the most popular animals at the Zoo, the meerkats and otters!
Since the spring of 2017, Tucson has fallen in love with the meerkat mob. Originally comprised of only males, the meerkat mob has now grown to include three females and two males. Reid Park Zoo welcomed the three additional female meerkats on a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP). This program oversees the meerkat population within AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums as well as other conservation partners, ultimately enhancing the conservation of the species. To better accommodate the unique needs of these highly social animals, the meerkat habitat has been expanded and now includes ample space for the mob to interact. Guests will also have the opportunity to see the meerkat mob from two new viewing windows.
The meerkats are not the only animals to see improvements to their habitat. In order for the animal care staff to provide more enrichment and training opportunities for the otters, a new artificial log was installed in their habitat. The otters will now be able to perch on a log where Zoo guests will also be able to see them closer than ever before through a viewing window next to the new meerkat cove. This new cove will allow children to have a sneak peek into the otters’ world through a new spyglass and guests. Additionally, more shade has been added to both habitats to provide a more comfortable experience for both the animals and guests during warmer temperatures.
While we continue to make improvements to Reid Park Zoo, guests can enjoy a variety of free daily activities, including keeper chats and animal presentations at 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, and 2pm. A complete schedule can be seen on the Daily Activities page.