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Summer Safari Friday Nights 2018

Date: Every Friday until August 3, 2018
6:00 pm — 8:00 pm

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Mark your calendars every Friday,
May 18 -August 3!

Reid Park Zoo’s Summer Safari Friday Nights, presented by MetroPCS, are back with nights full of adventure! Enjoy the Zoo each Friday during cooler evening temperatures with a variety of added benefits. Benefits include:

  • Live Music Every Friday Night sponsored by Tucson Medical Center
  • Wildlife Activities (During evening events, animals are given access to their night-houses for their comfort. Some animals may choose to be in their holding areas behind-the-scenes.)
  • Food & Drink Specials
  • Animal Encounters
  • Theme Nights (see below)
  • Animal Biofacts & More!

Explore through the Zoo for keeper chats, presented by Southwest Gas, animal encounters, sponsor booths, and enjoy a variety of activities including carousel rides, enrichment making, face painting and glitter tattoos (some activities are an additional fee). Remember to bring a blanket so you can sit back and relax in the Event Garden while you enjoy the concert.

Tickets:
$10.50 Adults
$8.50 Seniors
$6.50 Children ages 2-14
Zoo Members receive 1/2 off!

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Nightly Entertainment, Themes and Activities*

 

July 13th: Fighting for the Underdogs
Explore the world’s lesser known and mysterious animals at the Zoo during this Freaky Friday. Featuring capybara, tapir, rhea, flamingo, tortoise, chuckwalla, trans pecos, black & white ruffed lemur.
Entertainment: The Freddy Parish Band
Vendors: Farmer’s Insurance, LuLaRoe in the Desert, Mary Kay, Texas Roadhouse, Tucson International Academy, Tucson Medical Center, The Craft Revolt

July 20th: Habitat Heroes
Learn about the work RPZ supports to protect wild animals and wild places. Learn how you can help too! Featuring elephant, anteater, tapir, rhino, tamandua, armadillo.
Entertainment: Dos Suenos
Vendors: Farmer’s Insurance, LuLaRoe in the Desert, Mary Kay, Texas Roadhouse, Tucson International AcademyTucson Medical Center

July 27th: Animal Enrichment
Animals that exercise and solve brain puzzles. Join us to learn and see first hand how the animal care staff provides daily mental and physical activities for the animals every day at the Zoo. Featuring grizzly bear, lion, otter, goat, anteater, giraffe, tiger.
Entertainment: Mustang Corners
Vendors: Farmer’s Insurance, LuLaRoe in the Desert, Mary Kay, Tucson Medical Center

August 3rd: Care and Training
Learn and see how RPZ provides excellent care to all the animals at the Zoo. Featuring elephant, tiger, goat, tamandua, owl, baby alligators.
Entertainment: Michael P. & the Gully Washers
Vendors: Farmer’s Insurance, LuLaRoe in the Desert, Mary Kay, Texas Roadhouse, Tucson International AcademyTucson Medical Center, The Craft Revolt

*Activities, vendors and featured animals subject to change.

Here’s What You Missed! 

May 18th: Super Heroes and Super Powers at the Zoo
Explore the hidden superpowers of the animals at the Zoo while visiting with your favorite comic book and movie superheroes. Featuring lemurs (jumping), grizzly bear (strength), lion (teamwork), owl (hearing) and giraffe (tongue).
Entertainment: The Just Intervals
Vendor: Boxing Inc., Farmer’s Insurance, LuLaRoe in the Desert, Mary Kay, MetroPCS, Tucson Medical Center
Cafe Special: “Super Dogs:” Bratwurst & Potato Salad

May 25th: Inspired by Nature (Biomimicry)
Copying nature’s survival tips to develop solutions for human life. Featuring tapir (snorkel), anteater (camouflage), otter (body shape), elephant (sunscreen), bearded dragon (color change), snake (water harvest), tortoise (shell).
Entertainment: The Freddy Parish Band
Vendors:  Farmer’s Insurance, LuLaRoe in the Desert, Mary Kay, Suzie Olsen with book  “Annie Aardvark, Mathematician”, Tucson Medical Center
Cafe Special: BBQ Brisket Sanwiches

June 1st: Predator Power – Balance of Power
Healthy habitats need healthy predators. Featuring snake, hedgehog, bearded dragons, tortoise, lion, tiger, vultures, grizzly bear.
Entertainment: Cadillac Mountain
Vendors: Farmer’s Insurance, LuLaRoe in the Desert, Mary Kay, MetroPCSTucson Medical Center, Tucson Pops
Cafe Special: Chicken wings with honey BBQ or classic buffalo sauce with ranch, carrot, and celery.

June 8th: Go Blue – World Ocean’s Day Celebration
Journey around the world to discover the importance of water conservation. Featuring otter, alligator, dart frogs, chuckwalla, armadillo, flamingos, tapir. Learn more about conservation-minded programs like Seafood Watch®. In celebration of World Oceans Day, wear blue and get $1.00 off admission!
Entertainment: Shrimp Chaperone
Vendors: Farmer’s Insurance, Fin FoundationLuLaRoe in the Desert, Mary Kay, Rubio’s, Texas Roadhouse, Tucson International AcademyTucson Medical Center
Cafe Special: Teriyaki chicken bowl served over white rice

June 15th: Earth’s Eco-Engineers
They build it, others come. Featuring armadillo, ferret, alligator, anteater, elephant, meerkat. In celebration of Father’s Day, all dads will receive free entry with paid child admission.
Entertainment: The Manhattan Dolls
Vendors:  Farmer’s Insurance, LuLaRoe in the Desert, Mary Kay, MetroPCSTexas Roadhouse, Tucson International Academy, Tucson Medical Center

June 22nd: Protecting the Sounds of the Wild
Preserving habitats and animals. Featuring dart frogs, elephant, lemur, lion, tiger, goats.
Entertainment: Quadrant 44
Vendors:  Farmer’s Insurance, K12LuLaRoe in the Desert, Mary Kay, Texas Roadhouse, Tucson International AcademyTucson Medical Center
Cafe Special: BBQ pulled pork sandwich with spicy carrot slaw.

June 29th: Go Grey – Saving Wild Places
Join the herd to learn how RPZ is saving wild places for the animals that are black and white and grey all over. Featuring rhino, elephant, zebra, anteater, ring-tailed lemurs, ferret, armadillo. In support of wildlife conservation, wear grey and get $1.00 off admission!
Entertainment: The Freddy Parish Band
Vendors: Farmer’s Insurance, LuLaRoe in the Desert, Mary Kay, MetroPCSTexas Roadhouse, Tucson International AcademyTucson Medical Center , The Craft Revolt

July 6th: Explore Your Wild Side
Connect with nature through play while watching some of the Zoo’s animals play too. Featuring goats, owl, snake, bearded dragon, giraffe, rhino, otter, tortoise, ferret. In celebration of 4th of July, all military (with ID) will receive free admission.
Entertainment: The Just Intervals
Vendors: Farmer’s Insurance, LuLaRoe in the Desert, Mary Kay, Texas Roadhouse, Tucson International AcademyTucson Medical Center, Pima Air & Space Museum 

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