A one-tenth of 1% sales tax that voters approved for Reid Park Zoo in 2017 has raised more than $12 million, according to an article in the Arizona Daily Star newspaper. The 10-year-tax is earmarked for improvements to the Zoo's infrastructure and the construction of new, interactive exhibits.
Zoo staff has been working since last July to repair guardrails and replace sidewalks throughout the grounds. Work also has included the replacement of the glass and mesh on habitats for the lions, tigers, and Andean bears.
The Temple of Tiny Monkeys, a new habitat for four common squirrel monkeys, opened in mid-April along the Zoo's South America Loop as one of the first of the new exhibits to be completed using the new sales tax funding.