Experience Wildlife in Its Naturalistic Settings
The Tucson Zoo or Reid Park Zoo’s mission is “to encourage human commitment to the conservation of biological diversity and to supply academic and fun experiences for visitors of all ages.” The Zoo, founded in 1965 with a set of birds, prairie dogs, livestock, and a number of squirrel monkeys, has expanded to a 24-acre field that houses many animals in naturalistic exhibits and annually hosts over 580,000 guests.
The Reid Park zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). To be accredited, zoos have to undergo an intensive investigation to ensure that they have met, and can still meet, ever-rising standards. These standards cover animal care, veterinary programs, conservation, education, and safety. AZA requires zoos and aquariums to successfully complete this rigorous certification process every 5 years.
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