New flamingo lagoon now open at Reid Park Zoo


Closer than you’ve ever been to these birds

You might remember that the 26 birds were living on a distant island in a back part of the zoo. Now you won’t believe how close this new exhibit brings you to these exotic animals. Sue Tygielski, director of zoo operations, loves watching children’s faces light up for the flamingos.

Children light up when they see the flamingos

“They come running up to the birds because they can see them,” said Tygielski.

The new Flamingo Lagoon features a South American-styled temple with misters, trees for shade, and fresh water, all designed to help the birds beat the heat and feel right at home. It’s the gateway into the zoo’s South American Loop featuring other animals like a jaguar, a tapir, the aviary, and bear exhibit.

South American architecture complete with cooling misters

This is only the first phase of Reid Park Zoo’s larger expansion plan, which hopes to house Malayan tigers, red pandas, and Komodo dragons.

A few fresh faces have recently been added to Reid Park Zoo’s family including two young giraffes, a baby elephant, a pack of African wild dogs, a lion, and a jaguar.

The giraffe exhibit at Reid Park Zoo

As Tucson’s temperature soar this summer, don’t be surprised if many animals hide from the heat by napping indoors.

But they come out at night!

Summer Safari Saturday Nights start this Saturday, letting you spend time with them in the comfort of cooler weather.

Make sure to check Reid Park Zoo’s latest precautions and guidelines for Covid-19.

To find more information on tickets and times of operation, visit Reid Park Zoo.