Reid Park Zoo’s mission is “to encourage commitment to the conservation of biological diversity and to provide educational and fun experiences for visitors of all ages.” The Zoo, founded in 1965 with a collection of birds, prairie dogs, farm animals, and a few squirrel monkeys, has expanded to a 24-acre campus that houses hundreds of animals in naturalistic exhibits and annually hosts more than 500,000 visitors. Reid Park Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). To be accredited, zoos must undergo a thorough investigation to ensure that they have met, and will continue to meet, ever-rising standards. These standards encompass animal care, veterinary programs, conservation, education, and safety. AZA requires zoos and aquariums to successfully complete this rigorous accreditation process every five years.
While not as big as some of the other zoos in the state, this zoo still houses a very impressive collection of animals for you to see. The entire compound spreads across 17 acres, featuring various species of lions, bears, tigers, elephants, and giraffes, among many others.
The best part about the zoo is that all of the attractions inside are in a giant loop, which you can start from one corner and end up back where you started. There are three smaller circles, all of which offer different attractions, like the Tropical Trail. And if you want to get up close and personal with the animals, consider taking a behind the scenes tour!
We think a visit here is one of the best things to do in Tucson!
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Reid Park Zoo
- Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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