Tucson's Reid Park Zoo closing early this week because of the heat

Posted at 1:51 PM, Jun 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-19 16:51:34-04

Reid Park Zoo in Tucson has altered its hours this week because of the hot temperatures forecasted.

The Zoo will close at noon each day this week -- three hours earlier than normal -- and will resume its normal seasonal hours on Saturday, June 24, according to a post on its website.

The zoo's normal hours during the hotter months are 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

“The animals at Reid Park Zoo are well adapted for the Sonoran Desert climate. Habitats are designed with mud wallows, misting, coolers, shade and pools. Additionally, the Zoo has several elderly animals that require special care," the zoo said in a release posted on its website. "With the record-breaking temperatures this week, this change allows our staff to concentrate completely on caring for the animals."
The zoo's summer camps are not affected by the change in hours, the zoo said.