Tucson Reid Park Zoo in United States

Tucson Reid Park Zoo

Local name Randolph Park Zoo

Address 1030 South Randolph Way
Zip-code 85716
Place Tucson
Country United States
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Tucson Reid Park Zoo, located at 1030 South Randolph Way, in Tucson, Arizona, United States , was founded in 1965.

Living elephants

At the Tucson Reid Park Zoo lives 5 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)
  1. Litsemba born 1990
  2. Lungile born 1991
  3. Mapenzi born 2020-04-06
  4. Meru born 2024-03-08
  5. Nandi born 2014-08-20

Comments / pictures1965: "Established informally as Gene C. Reid Zoo in 1965 by Gene Reid, then the Director of Parks and Recreation, the zoo officially became a part of the City of Tucson in 1967. Founded in 1975 and officially incorporated in 1976, Tucson Zoological Society is a membership-based 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation that supports the city-owned Reid Park Zoo. TZS is dedicated to enhancing the value of Reid Park Zoo itself to the community. African and Asian elephants are housed together at Reid Park Zoo."

2005: "On Tuesday, June 21, 2005, the Mayor and Tucson City Council unanimously passed a resolution committing the City to expand the zoo in accordance with the Master Plan and committing to upgrade the elephant exhibit in accordance with the new AZA standards for elephant exhibits. This resolution, which has been accepted by the American Zoo & Aquarium Association, will allow Reid Park Zoo to maintain its two elephants, Connie and Shaba, to proceed with the breeding of Shaba and to prepare for the ultimate housing of an elephant Herd of up to six animals."

2020-09: Reid Park Zoo has reopened to the public. Mapenzi — Penzi for short — was born to African elephant Semba on April 6. She joined sister Nandi, dad Mabu, aunt Lungile, and brother Sundzu.

2024-03-09: A baby elephant was born at Reid Park Zoo. The zoo said Semba, the facility’s African elephant Matriarch, gave birth to a 265-pound calf around 3:31 a.m. Friday, March 8. Reid Park Zoo said the calf, whose sex has not yet been determined, is standing, sticking close to mom, and nursing enthusiastically. The calf is the third born at Reid Park Zoo. The calf joins Semba, big sisters Nandi and Penzi, and Allomother Lungile

References for records about Tucson Reid Park Zoo

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2024). Tucson Reid Park Zoo, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=706. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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