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Reid Park Zoo closing early due to heat warning

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Reid Park Zoo will close at noon this week because of the extreme temperatures in the forecast.

The zoo will close early because of extremely high temperatures predicted. The zoo’s regular seasonal hours are 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Regular hours will resume on Saturday, according to a news release. 

Officials said the animals are used to the heat, but keepers will still take precautions.

“The animals at Reid Park Zoo are well-adapted for the Sonoran Desert climate," according to the release. "Habitats are designed with mud wallows, misting, coolers, shade and pools. Additionally, the Zoo has several elderly animals that require special care. With the record-breaking temperatures this week, this change allows our staff to concentrate completely on caring for the animals.” 

According to staff, the best time to view the animals is when they are most active, in the mornings and in the evenings at Summer Safari Nights. Guests are encouraged to wear sunscreen and hydrate prior to visiting Reid Park Zoo. Refillable water bottles are always welcome at Reid Park Zoo. 

This change will not affect Summer Camp hours. 

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