Extended Spring Break Hours: Open till 6 p.m.

Friday, March 17, 2023 — Thursday, March 23, 2023
9:00 am — 6:00 pm

Stay a spell and make a difference in your community!

Whether your reason is to connect with your favorite animal as they greet the twilight or you just want time for one more carousel ride, we have you covered! The Zoo will stay open extended spring break hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 17-23 with special activities and programs designed to bring people and animals together to support a healthier world for both.

Guests will uncover their amazing world of Big, Big Bugs – an exhibit of 30 giant, robotic insects and arachnids making a temporary stay at the Zoo through April 30. The enormous and realistic crawlies shine the spotlight on the crucial role and importance of insects in our world and why they need protection. The colossal creatures include a 10-ft tall and 17-ft long praying mantis, a black widow the size of a small car, super-sized cicadas and other enormous bug species spaced throughout the Zoo. The bugs exhibit is included in Zoo admission and is free for Zoo members.

March 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. is SAFE Night (Saving Animals from Extinction). Special guests from the Audubon Society, the University of Arizona as well as members of the Zoo’s animal care team will talk about the programs we support that aim to Save Animals From Extinction. Learn more here.

Thursday, March 23 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., come to the Zoo’s Conservation Learning Center to learn about what Reid Park Zoo and the Wildlife Conservation Society are doing to save tigers from extinction. Dr. Dale Miquelle from the Wildlife Conservation Society will be here to talk about his work in tiger research and conservation. Dr. Miquelle is the country coordinator for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Russia Program, coordinating WCS research and conservation actions to protect large carnivores and the ecosystems upon which they depend in Northeast Asia.  Seating is limited.

A visit to Reid Park Zoo is both fun and purposeful. A portion of every ticket supports local and international field conservation programs that the Zoo assists to protect and preserve threatened and endangered species and their habitats, including those for wild elephants, lions, tapirs and anteaters.