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Reid Park Zoo
22nd Street and Country Club Road

READERS' PICK: What's home to more than 400 exotic creatures, is involved in captive-breeding programs, and helps conserve wildlife? The Reid Park Zoo does all of that, and more.

For example, did you know the zoo is involved in captive-breeding programs for several threatened and endangered species, including the small-clawed otter, the Siberian tiger, the white rhinoceros, Grevy's zebra and the ruffed lemur? Or that it's the most successful spot in the world for breeding giant anteaters? Or that these programs have helped save species like the American bison, whooping crane, Arabian oryx and Hawaiian goose from extinction?

Then there are the top-notch exhibits, docent-led tours, volunteer educators, family-oriented slide shows and Reid-Me-A-Story for kids weekend program--all of which makes the zoo one of the best local exotic getaways, for kids of all ages.

The Reid Park Zoo is on Lake Shore Lane in Reid Park. Enter from 22nd Street between Country Club Road and Alvernon Way.

READERS' POLL RUNNER-UP: The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road. Attention parents: Although the little buggers occasionally drive you to distraction, don't take your kids out in the desert and let them loose. Instead, drive them to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and set them free on 12 acres of educational turf. If they don't fall in love with the cave (one of the most popular exhibits), maybe they'll enjoy searching for the mountain lions or bighorn sheep in their natural habitats. If they like creepy-crawly things, the snakes and insects will mesmerize them, we promise. Check out the desert centipede! Dress the kids in red clothes and expose them to the hummingbird enclosure if they like fast action. Specific activities for children are listed on the activities board at the main entrance. Additionally, there are free docent lectures, interpretive displays, and classes during the summer months. School field trips are available, and can be arranged through the Education Department. It's a glorious desert, and a museum full of surprises, all in one.

Case History

1997 Winner: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
1996 Winner: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
1995 Winner: Reid Park

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