Reid Park Zoo – A Kid’s Safari

Tucson’s Reid Park Zoo has long been an attraction for residents and visitors alike, but perhaps its biggest clientele is the Old Pueblo’s families. While certainly not the draw or size of the nation’s biggest zoos this may be beneficial for day trips with children who can become restless and tired. Originally founded in 1965, the zoo gradually has expanded to feature 17 acres, hundreds of animals, and welcomes nearly 500,000 visitors a year. Throughout the year many events are held for adults and kids alike, with the longest running being their Zoo Lights spectacle during the holidays. Most all events feature kid activities, petting areas, and often live entertainment. Kids seem particularly drawn to the giraffe feedings that occur daily and may find additional exploration options in the

The zoo has also been remodeling its gift shop area, restaurant, and now has embarked on a brand new section of the zoo called “Expedition Tanzania”. This will become a new location for the zoo’s elephant exhibit. In addition to some of the infrastructure additions, the zoo has recently acquired new animals as well. Shombay, is a new male lion, who is adapting to the exhibition life currently so is somewhat shy with visitors but beginning to feel more comfortable. Most recently the zoo acquired two sarus cranes, which are native to India and hold the distinction as the world’s tallest flying birds. Another unique aspect of the sarus cranes is their trumpeting like call.

The zoo is normally open 7 days a week from 9:00am – 4:00pm and does offer children’s, seniors, and annual membership rates. Centrally located in town, the zoo is just south of Broadway & north of 22nd St., between Country Club & Alvernon. You can find additional information about the zoo, upcoming events and updated hours of operation by visiting their website:

Stephen Woodall
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