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
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
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
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.