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TUCSON — Beginning with the June 2018 issue, Tucson's own Reid Park Zoo will begin to bring the natural world and the important work of wildlife conservation straight to kids and families in Southern Arizona on the pages of Bear Essential News!

Reid Park Zoo, which was founded in 1965, is a 24-acre campus that houses hundreds of wonderful wildlife in naturalistic habitats from all over the world. Hosting more than 500,000 visitors a year, Reid Park Zoo officials make it an imperative to highlight education and outreach as a crucial part of their mission "to encourage commitment to the conservation of the biological diversity" of our planet while also helping make lasting and fun memories for the families that walk through their gates throughout the year!

Bear Essential News, which celebrates its 40th year in publication this September, welcomes this opportunity to partner on such an important cause as our planet and wildlife continues to face challenges from changing climates and habitat loss.

Read Reid Park Zoo's Dispatched:

• Protecting Our Oceans While Living in the Desert, June 2018

Eyes on the Front, We're Ready to Hunt! July 2018

Below is a 15-minute documentary produced by University of Arizona science journalism students in the fall of 2017 that takes you into the behind-the-scenes of Reid Park Zoo and highlights the science of the wildlife conservation work being done today and in the future.

June 2018