Work continues across your Zoo to make visits even better! Please pardon our dust as you may encounter detours or animals who are temporarily off habitat. We want to make sure you and the animals at Reid Park Zoo stay safe as you enjoy your visit.
Additional projects underway include:
- Replacing and painting guardrails throughout the Zoo to keep guests and animals safe
- Repairing concrete walkways for safer, smoother movement around our grounds, especially for guests using wheeled devices
- Installing automatic door openers in the restrooms, café and at the exit. These will make accessibility even easier for guests using strollers or wheelchairs
Looking to enhance your Zoo experience? Check our Reid Park Zoo’s daily activities here.
In 2019 the jaguar habitat was updated prior to Bella the jaguar’s arrival. Some of the updates in the habitat included more aerial perching and resting places, more soft grassy areas for rolling in, and more vertical enrichment opportunities. Our maintenance team added a fresh look with lots of creature comforts!
The City of Tucson has gone solar! Reid Park Zoo’s parking lot now has shady solar panels. We are excited about the city’s commitment to renewable energy — and the covered parking it provides for our guests.
The Temple of Tiny Monkeys was the first big project in the Zoo’s Master Plan, and replaced the former snack bar in South America. The South American ruins theme will transform the entire area and extends from the monkeys’ habitat to the nearby restrooms.
The Andean bear viewing windows have been replaced and the habitat has undergone preventative maintenance.
The lion habitat has seen many improvements over the two years! The mesh panels in the habitat were replaced with a mesh that has holes large enough to provide additional enrichment, but small enough to prevent a lion from reaching out with a paw.
Now, guests will be able to observe the animal care team working with the lions on habitat, and may be able to see the animals’ daily health checks (such as paw, mouth and eye inspections) conducted. The viewing glass in the habitat was also replaced, to allow guests a better view of the lions.
A large door was also added to the habitat so large piles of sand, logs, and other enrichment items can be more easily hauled into the lions’ home. This access provides staff the opportunity to change out large scratching post logs, which was not possible previously. These changes promote lion health and wellness all while providing a great visitor experience.
These Old World primates have a new man-made “tree” structure in the mcacque habitat thanks to our amazing maintenance and grounds team. Lion-tailed macaques, which sport silver-white manes, like to live and move about the trees, but they also like to retreat from time to time. This new addition gives them additional enrichment opportunities as they go on and off habitat.
The meerkat mob has move into their expanded habitat and Zoo guests now can enjoy watching them through two new viewing windows. The new space gives the mob two separate habitats to explore, both highly visible for all guests. Come see these highly social animals in their new home closer than ever before!
The otters are back in their habitat having a great time playing and exploring in their newly renovated home. A large new manmade log gives the otters a high perch and a new viewing window lets you see them closer than ever before! Additionally, more shade has been added to both habitats to provide a more comfortable experience for both the animals and guests during warmer temperatures.