Today’s spotlight feature here on the City of Tuscon blog goes to the Reid Park Zoo. A surprising number of Tusconians aren’t even aware that we have a ZOO in our great city, so I thought that it would be a good idea to make a short post about it. I mean, I don’t want the same fate to happen to our ZOO like it has happened to so many others, and they need to close down their doors.
Tuscon city ZOO – come visit us, have fun and learn
Appropriately located at the 3400 E Zoo Ct, within Reid Park, Reid Park Zoo stretches on some 24 acres of surface and they have over 500 animals that people can come and visit. ZOO is the member of AZA, the North American association of ZOOs and aquariums. Reid Park Zoo was established back in 1965 by Gene Reid, then current parks and recreation director.
Reid Park Zoo is organizes in four zones, differentiated by the type of habitat and animals that they house. Zones in question include Adaptation Zone, South America zone, Asia zone and African Animals zone. These zones house over 500 animals from all over the world, including a safari zone with elephants. There is also an aviary section of the ZOO with dozens of species of bird from Asia, Africa and Australia. Reid Park Zoo is unique in that it has advanced medical facilities that can even treat animals affected with cancer. All in all, we have a pretty modern ZOO, so comes and visit our ZOO, guests are always welcome.