ZEBRA DIES IN ACCIDENT AT REID PARK ZOO - The young Grevy's zebra, named Ajani, was born at Reid Park Zoo a year and 7 months ago and died yesterday morning during the preparation for routine, required vaccinations. Shortly after being separated from the rest of the herd, Ajani was suddenly startled by another zebra in an adjacent area and ran into the normal enclosure barrier, fracturing his neck. Zoo officials say the incident occurred in an interior area of the exhibit, not visible to the public. Zookeepers witnessed the accident and the veterinary team immediately performed CPR in attempts to revive the zebra. While a full post-mortem exam will be completed, an X-ray on site revealed the physical trauma to the vertebrae was not survivable. Read the news release.
STOLEN JFK BUST RECOVERED - After sitting idle for almost 50 years at El Presidio Park in Downtown Tucson, the bronze bust of the head of John F. Kennedy was ripped from its concrete base last December and hadn't been seen until this past Saturday. A couple walking in a westside wash says they found the bust in a pot turned upside down and took it to a recycling center to turn it in, but they didn't want any money. Tucson Parks and Recreation Administrator Peg Weber identified the bust, which is in pretty good shape, except for a few gashes at the lower part that was near the base. Read more from KGUN9.
APRIL IS WATER AWARENESS MONTH IN ARIZONA - Tucson Water and several Tucson City Council Members are hosting four public sessions this month to discuss water. Topics include present and future water resources, long-range planning, water quality and safety, investment in infrastructure and technology, and drought. The first session will be held tonight from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Pima County Housing Center, 801 W. Congress St. For more information, call the Ward 1 Council Office, (520) 791-4040.
BIKE FEST BEGINS TODAY - Today is the first day of the month-long Bike Fest in Pima County. Approximately 40 events and activities will take place during the month of April, including Walk and Roll to School Day (April 4), Cyclovia Tucson (April 6), Greater Arizona Bicycling Association Swap Meet, and Bike to Work Day (April 23rd). You can find a complete listing of events at the URL below. Bike Fest is a program of Living Streets Alliance, in partnership with City of Tucson, Pima County Department of Environmental Quality, Pima Association of Governments, and numerous local businesses and community organizations.
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