Arizona August 24, 2019
Reid Park Zoo Is A One-Of-A-Kind Elephant Ranch In Arizona
We have several wildlife preserves here in Arizona, but you’ll rarely see elephants at any of them. This unique zoo in Tucson lets visitors get up-close-and-personal with some of nature’s gentlest giants and observe their daily habits.
Reid Park Zoo is a massive, 24-acre facility with over two dozen species, many of which are exotic and/or endangered.
More than 500,000 people visit annually, and that number is expected to increase even further with the advent of a new exhibit.
Expedition Tanzania is home to a beautiful family of African elephants. We have so much to learn from this amazing species, and the first step is simply observing them.
Spanning a whopping seven acres, the elephant habitat could almost be its own zoo!
Featuring a large pond and plenty of land for the gentle giants to roam on, this spacious enclosure bears a striking resemblance to their natural habitat.
Did you know elephants love watermelon? It's their absolute favorite treat on a hot summer day, and you can watch them chow down every Wednesday.
It's quite an adorable sight to behold!
These guys are also ridiculously playful. Nandi, the baby of the herd, will stick her truck in anything within reach.
At least she's expressing curiosity about the world around her, right?
You'll also get to watch how the elephants interact with their handlers. Known as the "training wall," this special fence bridges the gap between animal and human.
That telling gaze rife with love is all you need to know about the connection between these two.
Address: 3400 East Zoo Court, Tucson, AZ 85716
Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
Visit the zoo’s
website or Facebook page to learn more.
If you don’t have time for a zoo trip, the elephant enclosure streams live from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. daily. Click
here to watch.
Have you ever been to Expedition Tanzania? If so, let us know all about your experience! Check out our previous article for another can’t-miss animal encounter:
Not Many Know About This Exotic Animal Sanctuary Right Here In Arizona.