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Reid Park Zoo

Address Reid Park Zoo,
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Open: Open daily 9-16
Prices: Adult: $4.00 Senior: $3.00 Child: $0.75
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Mammals Conservation
Birds Enclosures
Reptiles Education
Amphibians Recreation
Fish Research
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This critique last updated:  Mar 2008

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Review submitted by Leslie in Arizona August 2006

The Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, Arizona is a small zoo with an intimate atmosphere. An especially attractive feature of this zoo is your close proximity to our “furry friends.” It is also not so spread out that it takes hours to maneuver. Senior adults would also enjoy this park. Although separated by a glass window you are often only inches away from these wonderful creatures. Most exhibits also boast multiple viewing areas or open circular exhibits. You get the feeling you could almost reach out and touch some of the beautiful creatures on earth. Though not a large selection of animals most major groups are represented by at least 2 animals. The elephant and giraffe exhibits are the center of the zoo and beautifully done. They are next to each other so you can look on either side and see these animals.


The Reid Park Zoo is also affordable at about $5.00 per adult, and $2.00 for children. The annual pass is a good buy since Arizona has a long season of very comfortable weather, and there are still days in the summer that cool off into the 80's for an early morning visit. I believe the annual pass I purchase in the Spring of 2006 was $40.00. This was good for myself and my children, and one other adult of my choice. This enables me to take my kids and either their grandma or Daddy. We went nearly every other week during the cooler weather.


The zoo has a small zoo cafe open every day near the entrance which serves drinks, hot-dogs, hamburgers, popcorn, nachos, and other snack items for a fairly reasonable price. Other snack stands are open on the weekends throughout the park, I believe. I have only been at the zoo during the week. Park hours are 9:00-4:00pm. There is also a nice park located next the zoo site and several eateries on the main road. If you are living in the Greater Tucson Area it is a great find. It is also ideal for at home parents and homeschool families. Enjoy!



This review submitted by Niels Johs. Legarth Iversen April 2001
In fact Tucson has got two zoos: the Reid Park zoo in the eastern part of the town plus the so called Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum somewhat to the west. Unfortunately I never got around to see this last place, but according to the descriptions it is a pure-bred desert zoo illustrating all the facets of the wildlife of the area, – and only that. In contrast, the Reid Park zoo is a 'normal' zoo with collections that cover all parts of the world, from polar bears and Siberian tigers to giraffes, gazelles and zebras, interspersed with a multitude of bird species. I remember it as a very green place, and it is a strange feeling to know that it would all be desert with a few saguaro cactaei if the irrigation suddenly stopped. It is a fairly small zoo with max. 800 animals and 100 species placed in naturalistic settings. There is a lake and even a rose garden, and I noted there were water ponds in several of the compounds and shady areas both for the animals and the spectators. But I forgot to get a zoo map, and that's why this comment is so short


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