Meet Nandi at the Reid Park Zoo

This article authored by: Catherine Hallberg

This week Rob & I visited Reid Park Zoo’s newest arrival, Nandi, a baby female African Elephant.  Born at 10:55pm on August 20, 2014, she’s the first African Elephant born in Arizona and is she ever cute! While we were there, her parents were schooling her in the art of eating bark off a branch.  She hadn’t quite got the hang of it, but was trying hard.  The best time to see Nandi is between 9:00am and 1:30pm when she’s most active.

Nandi & Family
Nandi & Family

Her parents, Mabu and Semba arrived from the San Diego Safari Park in 2012 along with Lungile, Punga and Sundzu. A new seven acre habitat called Expedition Tanzania provides an introduction to the culture and information about the  work being done to protect the wildlife in East Africa.

Reid Park offers ongoing educational programs for kids and adults to help them learn about all the wild life housed at the zoo. There are behind the scene tours, workshops and summer camps. You can even get married at the park! Check out the events schedule on the Reid Park website. Various member packages are offered plus the opportunity to adopt an animal.  Volunteer programs are also available.

Open daily from 9:00am-4:00pm October 1-May 31 and 8:00am- 3:00pm June 1 – September 30, it’s a great way to spend a morning or afternoon.  Animals from South America, Asia and Africa are residents and on display at various times of the day.  Admission is $9.00 for adults and $5.00 for kids.  If you plan on being a repeat visitor, look into the discount membership packages.

By the way, if you want to see Nandi and can’t make it to the zoo today, click on the webcam for a real-time view of what she’s up to. Whether you are young or old, going to the zoo is always a treat.









Rob and Catherine Hallberg are Associate Brokers with Long Realty, a Berkshire-Hathaway Affiliate and Southern Arizona’s largest Brokerage. Since 2008, they have been ranked in the top 5% to 8% of all U.S. REALTORS®. Send Rob and Catherine an email  for a fast response to your questions; for an even faster response, Call (520) 407-8667.


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