Little Rock Zoo

The Little Rock Zoo is located in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. It is the only zoo in the state and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

The Little Rock Zoo is located in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. It is the only zoo in the state and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The zoo was founded in 1926 and is presently home to more than 725 animals representing over 200 species. The newly restored Over the Jumps carousel, a fully-restored antique carousel, made its home at the Little Rock Zoo in October of 2007. A new African penguin exhibit will open in the fall of 2010. The Zoo is split into two zones, North and South.


The Zoo is home to many animals and most of them are spread out throughout the zoo into different areas according to their environment, species, or diet. These exhibits are made to fit the animal's needs and mimic their surrounding environment as effectively as possible to ensure that the animal is comfortable and not stressed in its new home.

This list includes some of the major exhibits at the Little Rock Zoo.

  • Big Cats - This exhibit includes some of the largest predatory felines in the world. The exhibit features the African Lion, Malayan Tiger, and Jaguar. The exhibit provides the cats with plenty of trees and space and surrounds them in a natural canyon-like enclosure.
  • African Veldt - This exhibit includes many animals that are native to the continent of Africa. It features the Rothschild Giraffe, Reticulated Giraffe, Crowned Crane, Greater Kudu, Kirk's Dik-dik, Damara Zebra, Black Rhinoceros, and White Rhinoceros. The exhibit includes very flat ground for the animals to move around in and each animal has its own enclosure according to its kind.
  • Bears - This exhibit includes many bear and bear-like species. It features the Spotted-necked Otter, North American River Otter, Bush Dog, Indian Crested Porcupine, Asian Black Bear, Malayan Sun Bear, Sloth Bear, and Grizzly Bear. It is a small circular enclosure that features artificial caves and small rivers.
  • Small Carnivores - This exhibit includes many exotic carnivorous animals found throughout the world. This exhibit features the Red Fox, Binturong, Clouded Leopard, Red Panda, Bobcat, Capybara, Three-toed box turtle & Ornate Box Turtle, Coatimundi, Ocelot, Serval, and Caracal. This exhibit is circular like the Bear exhibit but includes more foliage and limbs for the animals to climb and move around on.
  • Elephant Barn - The Elephant Barn is home to the mascots of the Little Rock Zoo, two Asian Elephants named Mary and Ellen. The Elephant Barn is extremely large in order to house these gigantic animals. These two elephants also have a large stretch of yard to walk around in outside. There is a large viewing window for the visitors in the front and large banners on the sides that have famous quotes from historic figures citing the majesty and importance of elephants.
  • Great Apes - This exhibit features the Western Lowland Gorilla, Chimpanzee, and Orangutan. The exhibit features a walkway that is suspended above the ape's enclosure. The ground is covered in grass and includes trees and rope for the apes to climb.

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Luke Jones
20 September 2015
The Little Rock Zoo is an excellent zoo for the family and friends. Visit during the late morning or early afternoon on weekdays to avoid the crowds. Also check out the penguin exhibit!
Susan Altrui
20 December 2016
A great zoo for family recreation and a wonderful place to learn about animals and conservation! Come in the morning when animals first come outside!
9 June 2017
The LRZoo has changed since I was a child. And I like it! Great change. It feels bigger. Definitely would return next time I'm in town.
Pat Taylor-Oakley
23 August 2014
With the kiddos. Happy Birthday to Adelina the Gorilla is 2 on the 19th and Kendi the Chimp is 5 on the 23rd
David Hudson
21 June 2016
The zoo is getting a much needed update and it looks awesome! Really glad to see it Making a comeback.
Samantha Buehler
5 June 2013
Don't go on a super hot day! All the animals are very inactive and there isn't as much to see!
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0.1km from Marietta Court, Little Rock, AR 72205, USA Get directions
Tue 9:00 AM–3:00 PM
Wed 9:00 AM–3:00 PM
Thu 9:00 AM–7:00 PM
Fri 9:00 AM–3:00 PM
Sat 8:00 AM–8:00 PM
Sun 9:00 AM–4:00 PM

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