Explore the Reid Park Zoo Near Our Apartments in East Tucson
March 07, 2019

Explore the Reid Park Zoo Near Our Apartments in East Tucson

What began in 1965 with a small collection of animals is now a 24-acre campus known as the Reid Park Zoo.

More than 500,000 people walk through the gates each year, and they see dozens of naturalistic exhibits featuring animals such as:


Capybaras are the world's largest rodent, and they're related to squirrels and guinea pigs. Their webbed feet make them excellent swimmers, and they roam the swampy, grassy regions in Central and South America. They can stay underwater for up to five minutes to hide from predators, and during the wet season, as many as forty capybaras can be found together.

Baird's Tapir

Just like in the wild, the tapirs at the zoo spend most of their time in the water. They use their snout as a snorkel to hide underwater from predators and usually live in rainforests, swamps, and mangroves. These animals were named for American naturalist, W.M. Baird, who discovered them during a Mexican expedition in the early 1840s. They weigh between 330 and 650 pounds, and feast on fruits twigs, and aquatic vegetation.


Gibbons are built for living in trees, and they swing from branch to branch using their long, strong arms. They make loud whooping calls every morning that are heard throughout the zoo, and in the wild, these calls define their space as well as keep a group of animals together.

East African Crowned Crane

In the wild, East African crowned cranes are found in marshes and grasslands throughout countries such as Kenya and Uganda. They're slate gray with an elongated neck and body, and males are slightly taller than females. These birds are usually found in pairs, and they're the only crane species to roost in trees.

If you would like to live just fourteen minutes from the Reid Park Zoo, please contact us to schedule a tour of Overlook at Pantano. Our friendly leasing agents would love to show you firsthand all we have to offer.