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Summer Safari Nights 2016

Date: Every Friday until July 8, 2016
6:00 pm — 8:00 pm

Reid Park Zoo’s Summer Safari Nights, presented by Tucson Medical Center, are back in 2016!  Enjoy the Zoo each Friday during cooler evening temperatures with the added benefits of live music, family-friendly animal features, special dining options, and even gift shop discounts!

Bring a blanket and purchase your dinner or snacks (or even a cold beer or glass of wine), then relax and enjoy a picnic concert. Wander through the Zoo for Keeper chats, animal encounters, sponsor booths, and wildlife activities*. The bands and animal themes will change each week, so be sure to mark your calendar for every Friday, May 20th -July 8th!

*During evening events, animals are given access to their night-houses for their comfort. Some animals may choose to be off exhibit.

Tickets and Discounts – Avoid Lines, Purchase Online!
$9 Adults
$7 Seniors
$5 Children ages 2-14
Member discount: $2 off each member

Use the calendar to select dates and purchase tickets online. If you can’t attend the night of your ticket, you may attend another night of Summer Safari.

  • Tickets can also be purchased at the gate each night of the event
  • Tickets have no resale value
  • Each ticket has a barcode to admit one person

Nightly Entertainment, Themes and Activities

July 8th: Staying Cool at the Zoo: Learn how the Animals Stay Cool at the Zoo including Otter, Rhino, Tiger, Tortoise, Ferret and Giraffe
Entertainment: Cadillac Mountain
Vendors: Face Flip face painting, Farmer’s Insurance – Michael Parks, Glitter Tattoos, K12, Mary Kay, Pima County Health Department – Tobacco & Chronic Disease Prevention, Pima Partnership High School & Academy, Saguaro National Park, Satellite World/DirecTV, Texas Roadhouse, Tucson Medical Center
Cafe Special: Taco Bowl

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Event Sponsor:

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Media Sponsor:

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Event Partners:

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Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Friends of Madera Canyon, Kendra Scott, New York Life, Pima Partnership High School & Academy, Saguaro National Park, Tohono Chul, Vision Quest

Interested in sponsoring Summer Safari Nights or having a booth at the event?  Contact Gail: [email protected]

Previous Nights:

May 20th: Crazy for Cats: Lions, Tigers, & Jaguars
Entertainment: Michael P. and the Gullywashers
Activities: Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Door Prize, Crafts/Enrichment, Face Flip face painting, Glitter Tattoos, K12, KLPX/KFMA, Mary Kay, Satellite World/DirecTV, Texas Roadhouse, Tucson Medical Center, Tucson Pops Orchestra, Saguaro National Park, Scavenger Hunt
Cafe Special: Fish & Chips

May 27th: Hooray for Underdogs: Meet the Zoo’s Lesser Known Animals
Entertainment: The Just Intervals
Activities: Ben’s Bells, Door Prize, Crafts/Enrichment, Face Flip face painting, Glitter Tattoos, K12, KLPX/KFMA, Mary Kay, New York Life, Satellite World/DirecTV, Texas Roadhouse, Tucson Medical Center, Tucson Pops Orchestra, Saguaro National Park, Scavenger Hunt
Cafe Special: Fish & Chips or Slice of Pizza with a Salad

June 3rd: Animal Playground: Watch Training and Enrichment with Zoo Animals (Otter, Lemur, Bear). Night will also feature conservation related vendors.
Entertainment: Shrimp Chaperone
Activities: Face Flip face painting, Glitter Tattoos, K12, Lotus Radio, Mary Kay, New York Life, Pima Partnership High School & Academy, Rubio’s, Saguaro National Park, Satellite World/DirecTV, Texas Roadhouse, The Solar Store, Tucson Medical Center, Tucson Pops Orchestra
Cafe Special: Fish & Chips

June 10th: Buggin’ Out: Meet the Animals that Dine on Bugs
Entertainment: Those Beatles Guys
Vendors: Face Flip face painting, Farmer’s Insurance – Michael Parks, Glitter Tattoos, K12, Mary Kay, Pima County Health Department – Tobacco & Chronic Disease Prevention, Pima Partnership High School & Academy, Satellite World/DirecTV, Texas Roadhouse, Tucson Medical Center, Saguaro National Park
Cafe Special: “Cheesebugger” Special

June 17th: Hats Off to Dads: Learn about our Zoo Dads (Lion, Tapir, Rhino, Gibbon)
Special: Father’s get free admission with paid child admission
Entertainment: Bad News Blues
Vendors: Face Flip face painting, Glitter Tattoos, K12, Lotus Radio, Mary Kay, New York Life, Pima Air & Space Museum, Pima County Health Department – Tobacco & Chronic Disease Prevention, Pima Partnership High School & Academy, Satellite World/DirecTV, Texas Roadhouse, Tucson Medical Center, Saguaro National Park
Cafe Special: Ribs & Mac & Cheese

June 24th: Go Grey: Elephant and Rhino Night
Entertainment: Cadillac Mountain
Vendors: Face Flip face painting, Farmer’s Insurance – Michael Parks, Glitter Tattoos, K12, Kendra Scott, Mary Kay, New York Life, Pima County Health Department Tobacco & Chronic Disease Prevention, Pima Partnership High School & Academy, Satellite World/DirecTV, Texas Roadhouse, Tucson Medical Center, Saguaro National Park, Vision Quest
Cafe Special: “Yebonga” Burger

July 1st: Spots and Stripes Forever: Zebra, Giraffe, Tiger, Tapir & Jaguar
Special: Military are free with ID and family 1/2 off admission (including veterans)
Entertainment: Livefire from Ft. Huachuca
Vendors: Face Flip face painting, Glitter Tattoos, K12, Local First, Lotus, Mary Kay, Pima Air & Space Museum, Pima County Health Department – Tobacco & Chronic Disease Prevention, Pima Partnership High School & Academy, Saguaro National Park, Satellite World/DirecTV, Texas Roadhouse, Tucson Medical Center, Vantage West
Cafe Special: Taco Bowl

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