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Semba and newborn Penzi in 2020

In about a year, there'll be a new big baby in town — Tucson's Reid Park Zoo is expecting the African elephant Semba to give birth. Elephants gestate for 22-24 months, and the zoo's matriarch is about halfway through her pregnancy. Read more»

The Sonoran Desert is blossoming. Get out and see some of it.

Spring is here. It is the time for flowers to bloom and pollen allergies to be triggered. The cold is lessening its grip on Tucson and it is time to get out and have fun. Read more»

Whether you are interested in communicating with the ghosts at Hotel Congress, seeing a classic horror film at the Fox Theatre, or are just looking for some costume-wearing family fun — here are a few events to help you celebrate this Halloween. Read more»

Peach picking at Apple Annie's Orchard begins July 11.

There's tons of fun to be had in Tucson this summer, from hot bars at night to cool hikes in the early mornings. Whatever summer might look like to you, here are some events happening around town you might enjoy. Read more»

President's Day kicks off rodeo week, which means various holidays depending on age, grade level and institution.

President's Day is commemorated on the third Monday of February and that falls on Feb. 21 this year. Read more»

King delivering his "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington in 1963.

The Martin Luther King Holiday is commemorated on the third Monday of January and that falls on Jan. 17 this year, with standard-issue closures around Tucson area. Read more»

Joaquin the Andean bear

The newest resident at Reid Park Zoo is an Andean bear named Joaquin, who was born in the zoo in 2002 and is coming home. Read more»

Sita the tiger died at the Reid Park Zoo at age 19, in July 2020.

A news poem by reader Lisa Periale Martin: Tyger, Tyger / gleaming bright / in the eyes / of those with might. Read more»

The ant eater is the symbol of the Reid Park Zoo, which is now a symbol of the voter who needs to be better informed

I’m a bit of a homer in the whole World War Zoo thing. But more than that, I’m a homer for democracy. Some voters weren't paying close attention in 2017 when the Reid Park Zoo won approval to tax a bit and spend it to spruce things up and expand. Now social media is ablaze with outcries. Read more» 2

The sole tiger at Tucson's city zoo was euthanized Thursday because of advanced kidney disease. Sita was 19 years old; her companion Baheem died in February. Read more»

Baheem in 2013.

Baheem, an 18-year-old Malayan tiger, died at Tucson's Reid Park Zoo on Friday after a few weeks of illness. Read more»

Elinor, a two-decade old giraffe — the shyest of the spotted animals at Tucson's zoo — died Monday after suffering breathing problems. Zoo officials called her "beloved." Read more»

Jonathan Rothschild on his first election night, November 2011.

Tucson's progress is worth noting because we've done better under Mayor Jonathan Rothschild's leadership, but the city still lags behind the rest of the country ways cities that don't want to lag. Read more»

An 11-year-old elephant died Tuesday at Tucson's zoo, where officials say a "twisted gut" caused Punga to unexpectedly die. Read more» 1

Dresena, a Malayan sun bear, at the Reid Park Zoo in 2015.

The public just doesn't know much about journalists' motivations and obstacles, so the public fills in the blanks and presumes bias prompts the press. Here's the 'ripped from the headlines' story that Hollywood won't tell you about what drives journalism Read more» 1

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