Who knew the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson fed 200 animals a day? And each gets its own special diet of individually, freshly prepared food! Those are just some of the fascinating facts shared with The Women of Quail Creek during their recent trip.
Zoo officials treated small groups to a behind-the-scenes tour where visitors experienced the tiger special care and training area and the prep kitchen, among other spots not always seen by zoo visitors. After visiting the kitchen the women learned about the enhancements that are prepared for the animals’ diets, including frozen fish stuffed coconuts that are enjoyed by jaguars. The zoo takes great pride in its efforts to give each animal a healthy, stimulating living environment.
Attendees had plenty of free time to enjoy the zoo and linger with whichever animal was her favorite. Of course Nadi, the young elephant bred and born at the Reid Park Zoo, was a special favorite.
One of the other special treats was the people food prepared and catered by the zoo. Over 100 TWOQC members enjoyed a buffet lunch including two types of lasagna, salad and fruit cobbler.
Each woman came away with a new understanding of the important work done at this small gem of a zoo. Whether your favorite is big cats, bears, elephants, giraffes or giant anteaters, Tucson is fortunate to have such a great attraction.