Located in Tucson, Arizona, the Reid Park Zoo is sprawled out across 24 acres, and is home to over 500 animals. From viewing a herd of elephants to taking a ride on a camel, these are just a few of the things that you will be able to see and do at the Reid Park Zoo.
The Reid Park Zoo has four main animal zones, each containing different habitats for the animals that live in them. One of the most popular is the African Animals Zone, which is home to lions and giraffes. In addition to this, it also features a seven acre expansion that was put in in 2012, called Expedition Tanzania. This area, with its mud pits and 90,000 gallon pool, is home to a herd of elephants that guests can watch play and interact, and includes a young female elephant who was the first to be born in Arizona. The South America Zone is also popular, with its jaguars and spectacled bears, while the Asian Zone is where you will the tiger and Malayan sun bear. Finally, the Adaptation Zone is home to a pair of grizzly bears, as well as an Aldabra giant tortoise.
Activities to Take Part In
The zoo hosts several different activities that visitors can take part in, enabling them to interact with animals from a new perspective. The Giraffe Encounter allows guests to meet and feed the giraffe’s at the zoo, giving you the opportunity to really get up-close and personal with these majestic creatures. The zoo’s camel rides are also popular, and these are available throughout the week. In addition to these, the zoo also hosts several daily activities, which are scheduled at the zoo gate, and give you the opportunity to do everything from watch an animal training demonstration to chat with a zoo keeper.
The zoo strives to bring the community together, while educating them on the importance of biological diversity, and they do this by hosting a series of special events throughout the year. There are several events designed for children, such as the Little Critters Workshop and the Young Explorers Program, which teaches them about different aspects of being a zoo keeper. For adults, there is plenty to choose from, but one which definitely should not be missed is the annual Brew at the Zoo, which is being held this year in June. This event gives visitors the opportunity to sample a variety of local craft beers, alongside pub-style food, live music and other fun and games. The purposes of these events is to raise funds to support the zoo, with the money raised used to build new animal habitats and improve the zoo overall.
The Reid Park Zoo is open throughout the year, but closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. While tickets can be purchased at the zoo gate, buying them online will save you from having to queue up on the day, giving you even more time to explore all that the zoo has to offer.