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.

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.

Back to School Bash and Other Events to Give Away Free School Supplies

Several school districts and agencies in the Tucson area are holding events over the next couple of weeks to distribute free back-to-school supplies and immunizations. One of the signature events is Ward 4's 16th annual Back to School Bash and Pancake Breakfast, this Saturday, 8-11 a.m., at the Clements Recreation Center, 8155 East Poinciana Dr.

Twilight Thursdays Continue at Botanical Gardens

Enjoy summer nights at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. As part of its Summer Oasis Series, the Botanical Gardens is open every Thursday night, 5-8 p.m., for guests to enjoy the garden setting without the intense summer sun.

Leashed dogs are welcome with an add-on admission charge.

The onsite restaurant, Cafe Botanica, will be open and serving dinner (reservations required).