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Reid Park Zoo, Tucson

Zoo · Hidden Gem · Zoo / Aquarium
Observe animals big and small from various corners of the world at Reid Park Zoo. At just under 10 hectares (24 acres), the zoo doesn't cover a lot of ground, but it makes up for this with the diverse animal life it presents. Tour the four zones here: the adaptation zone with its grizzly bear and giant tortoise, the South America zone with a resident jaguar, the Asian zone with its tiger, and the African animals zone with its lion and giraffe. The zoo caters to children by offering rides on its miniature train and a play zone with water-spraying structures. For a deeper educational experience, check the schedule for zookeeper chats and training demonstrations. Put Reid Park Zoo into our Tucson online trip itinerary planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Tucson.
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  • I’m worried that the zoo would be crummy. But it was. Good. Clean. Animals were out despite the early morning cold weather. Not too expensive as a senior. Spent two hours.  more »
  • We went here during the later afternoon! It was a perfect time to go cause all the animals were very active and many were getting fed. The zoo is a perfect size to do in about 2 hours. You could see.....  more »
  • The African Elephant herd is very fun to watch. Baby Penzi is too adorable for words, and her older sister Nandi is the best big sister ever. The yards are really nice as the bulls (males) can be...  more »
  • BEST ZOO I HAVE EVER BEEN TO!!! Amazing animal variety and welfare, plenty of stations to inform you about the animals, nice friendly staff, and sufficient bathrooms! The animals have good sized enclosures, adequate food and hydration, and sometimes a neat little interaction to get closer to the animals. For example, the prairie dogs have little pop up bubbles to let you get in their exhibit. One complaint, I do not think there is enough shade for the guests, it gets hot, like, really hot. Otherwise the best zoo I have ever had the pleasure of visiting!
  • Small and easy to get through in a few hours. Went with my child's school and it was perfect for the field trip. They had a special class that they gave to the kids about adaptations. Even brang out real life examples that the kids were super excited about. It was fun for everyone and informational. We had lunch at the park next to it and then the kids played for a bit til we had to go. I think it is perfect for little ones and schools.
  • Nice little zoo! They have a good selection of animals and the whole space is a good size. Not too daunting for those unaccustomed to a lot of walking. We especially enjoyed watching the Andean bear splash around in its enclosure!
  • Great small zoo. Easy to see everything in under 2 hours. The new tiny monkeys are adorable, and the search for them showed me that I had been missing about a quarter of the zoo for many years. A great way to entertain children for a few hours.
  • Lots of animals to see, lots of learning, and a lot of fun. The animals seem to have decently sized habitats and they are well cared for. It seems like they're always adding more to the zoo and expanding it, there's been construction every time we went. They also host fun events on occasion. It can get very humid and very hot during the summer months though, so make sure you bring your own water because the food and drink prices are much higher than normal.

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