Tucson Reid Park Zoo

tucson zoo ostrichI’ve never been a big fan of zoos. There I’ve said it right up front and out in the open. When I was a kid we went to the Toledo Zoo. It was hot, it stunk like crazy and I didn’t enjoy the experience at all. That single experience tainted my vision of zoos for most of my life.

This was quite a while back. I’m sure the Toledo Zoo is different today. This was back just a couple of years after Noah left the animals the ark.

My next experience wasn’t until four years ago when we went to Disney World and I took the trip around the Wild Animal Park. We’ve been back there for the past three years and taken that trip at least twice each time we are there.

I have been taking a much closer look at Tucson this year and decided with the cooler weather maybe it was time to see what the Tucson Zoo was like. I had no expectations to be dashed. I wasn’t expecting much. To say I was surprised or even pleasantly surprised would be an under statement.

tucson zoo giraffeThe Reid park zoo was one of the most fun times I’ve had since moving to Tucson almost 10 years ago.

The morning is the best time to go. You can feed the giraffes at 10 am. This is one thing you don’t want the kids to miss out on. It is so much fun. Don’t forget the wipes for when they are done. Giraffe’s really do have very, very long tongues. Oh, here’s a suggestion, break the giraffe biscuits in half for the kids it prolongs the experience and don’t make sudden moves. If you want to pet them move slowly offering the back of your hand first then gently touch them.

    Admission Fees

  • $6.00 adults ages 15-61
  • $4.00 seniors ages 62 and over
  • $2.00 children ages 2-14
  • FREE for children under 2 years
  • Reserved school groups $0.50 per child

For the shutterbugs in the group take your zoom lens if you have one. I put my 50-200mm VR lens on my Nikon D40 and it gave me everything I was looking for. I had my standard 18-55mm with me, but never put it on the camera. While feeding the giraffes I had to stand back to get the pictures I wanted, but other than that, it was the perfect lens for the day.

I could write a lot more but it still would not do justice to what a visit to the zoo is like. You have to experience it for yourself.

  • If you have friends visiting this winter take them to the zoo
  • If you have grandchildren visiting take them to the zoo
  • If you want a real fun morning go to the zoo
  • If you want your fiends to think you have been on safari . . .
  • If you want to try out that new camera go to the zoo

I’ll put together a little set of Reid Park Zoo videos of some of the animals we saw while there and have it available for you to see tomorrow.

Reid Park Zoo Map

I’ve seen a few people wondering about a map of the Reid Park Zoo.   I scanned the one we got at the zoo to help us find all the animals and sections of the zoo.   Here is The Reid Park Zoo Map.

Put The Reid Park Zoo on your list of really fun places in Tucson to visit. You won’t be sorry you did and remember I’m not a zoo kind of guy, or at least I wasn’t. : )


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