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Predator-Prey Relationships Explained (Video)

Reid Park Zoo is home to more than 200 animals. Some are predators, and some are prey. That determines how they act and how they're cared for at the Zoo. Predators have adaptations that make them excellent hunters, while prey animals are always ready to flee.

Learn more about the differences between predator and prey animals in a past edition of Zoo News, produced by Tucson 12.

Kids Swim Free

The City of Tucson has been experiencing one of the hottest summers on record. Tucson Parks and Recreation department would like to invite kids to beat the heat and cool off at one of 17 city pools for free for the remainder of the summer season. Beginning July 17 youth under the age of 17 will pay no admission fee at 17 City of Tucson Pools.  A fee will still be charged at the Edith Ball Adaptive Recreation Center pool. Fees are $2 for adults (18 and over) and $1 for youth (17 and under).

Free Pool locations:

Fall KIDCO and Leisure Class Registration Begins Tomorrow

Tucson Parks and Recreation KIDCO and leisure class registration opens tomorrow for city residents and July 19 for non-city residents.

The fall  Activity Guide is available online and at all Parks and Recreation facilities, including administration offices, recreation centers, pools, and many local libraries. The Activity Guide contains information on leisure classes, KIDCO, aquatics, sports programs, registration, and the Discount Program.

Final Work on Repaving Projects for Two Intersections This Weekend

With paving complete, road crews will begin raising manhole and water valve covers at the intersections of Alvernon Way and Ft. Lowell Road and Speedway Boulevard and Main Street. The work will be performed tomorrow and Sunday, 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Barricades will remain in place with travel restrictions at both intersections until approximately 5 a.m. Monday to allow the concrete to cure.

Elderly Giraffe Euthanized at Reid Park Zoo

Reid Park Zoo announced today that Texas, a 27 year old reticulated giraffe, was euthanized this morning. Texas was considered one of the Zoo’s oldest animals and had been under special medical care recently due to age-related health issues.

Texas was born in 1989 in Glen Rose, Texas and came to Reid Park Zoo later that year. She gave birth to five offspring who now reside at other zoos around the country.

TEP Will Award Grants to Nonprofits

Tucson Electric Power (TEP) will award $250,000 this year to help local nonprofit groups improve education, protect the environment, and expand limited-income assistance through its new Community Impact Grants.

Applications must be submitted online by 5 p.m. on July 27 to be considered for funding. Applications will be reviewed through September, and grants will be awarded this fall.

Tucson Fire Department Begins New Training Academy for Recruits

The Tucson Fire Department this week started a 22-week academy with 18 new recruits. The class is scheduled to graduate from the academy in December.

As part of the first week of training, recruits will be going through the “mud bog” tomorrow morning. The mud bog is an event in which recruits advance a charged hose line approximately 100 feet while walking through up to 2 feet of muddy water. The exercise challenges the recruits physically and mentally and reinforces the team concept of the fire department.

Tucson Water Expands Customer Service Hours and Staffing

Tucson Water's Customer Call Center is now open from 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays to better serve customers. The call center is receiving very high call volumes due to hot weather.

The Customer Service and Billing phone numbers are (520) 791-3242 or (800) 598-9449 (outside the Tucson area), and the e-mail address is TWWebAcct1@tucsonaz.gov.

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