Omar the hedgehog may be among the animals on hand for the ASA presentation.
Omar the hedgehog may be among the animals on hand for the ASA presentation.

You will have an opportunity to get up close and personal with as many as four live animals from Tucson’s Reid Park Zoo when a staff member (name?) from the zoo brings them to the Academy Village on Wednesday (Aug. 10) at 3:30 p.m.

The presentation, entitled “Home Sweet Habitat,” will focus on the amazing adaptations that help animals survive in different habitats around the world. And yes, touching the animals is allowed. In the presentation, audience members will:

  • Meet small animals such as hedgehogs, lizards, snakes, and armadillos close-up, and find out why each animal is unique.
  • Learn how animals survive in desert, rainforest and savannah habitats.
  • Explore amazing adaptations with live animal ambassadors.
  • Learn what an animal needs in its habitat to survive.

Reid Park 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 over 600,000 visitors. Reid Park Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

The zoo’s mission is “to encourage commitment to the conservation of biological diversity and to provide educational and fun experiences for visitors of all ages.”

Written by Betty Feinberg, Academy Village Volunteer

More Info on attending an event
Academy Village is an active-adult community located off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East. Its residents support the Arizona Senior Academy, a non-profit charitable organization whose mission includes offering free concerts and lectures to the public.

These events are held in the Great Room of The ASA Building adjacent to the Academy Village Community Center. Due to the popularity of cultural events, non-residents who wish to ensure priority seating are advised to make reservations by email at or by phone at (520) 647-0980. To learn more about the Academy, go to

Parking for visitors is in the lot behind the Community Center. All parking spaces in front of the Academy building are reserved.

Zoo Program Shows How Animals Adapt to Habitat: August 2016
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