ARTICLE & PHOTOS BY LYNNE TUCKER
“The primary purpose of the parks and recreation department is to provide a city and it’s people opportunities for beauty, relaxation and activity. As the city’s people have more free time, providing these opportunities becomes more important if a city is to be livable.” — Gene C. Reid
Reid Park Zoo’s mission is “to create inspiring memories for all by connecting people and animals to ensure the protection of wild animals and wild places.”
The Zoo, founded in 1965 with a collection of birds, prairie dogs, farm animals, and a few squirrel monkeys, has expanded to a 24-acre campus that houses hundreds of animals in naturalistic exhibits and annually hosts more than 500,000 visitors. Reid Park Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
To be accredited, zoos must undergo a thorough investigation to ensure that they have met, and will continue to meet, ever-rising standards. These standards encompass animal care, veterinary programs, conservation, education, and safety. AZA requires zoos and aquariums to successfully complete this rigorous accreditation process every five years.
Reid Park Zoological Society
The mission of the Reid Park Zoological Society is “to create inspiring memories for all by connecting people and animals to ensure the protection of wild animals and wild places.”
Founded in 1975 and officially incorporated in 1976, Reid Park Zoological Society is a membership-based 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation that supports the city-owned Reid Park Zoo.
Reid Park Zoo Foundation
The mission of the Reid Park Zoo Foundation is “To leave a legacy for the future enhancement of Reid Park Zoo and conservation of wild animals and wild places throughout the world.”
Tickets Must Be Reserved Online In Advance of Your Visit!
Reserve your tickets to visit Reid Park Zoo! Currently, they are offering timed entries for daily visits. Tickets are available on a rolling 7-day schedule in advance of your visit, which allows them to limit the number of people in the Zoo at a time and allow for social distancing. Masks are required for all guests age 5 and up at all times. Take a look at their current safety precautions and what you can expect during your next visit to Reid Park Zoo. Thank you for helping us provide a safe guest experience!
$10.50 adults ages 15-61
$8.50 seniors ages 62+
$6.50 children ages 2-14
FREE for children age 0-1
October – May: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
June – September: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
Think Zoo’s and Protect our Wildlife!