Face of Attractions
Little Rock Zoo
Susan Altrui, Zoo Director
The Little Rock Zoo inspires people to value and conserve our natural world. It is a leading cultural attraction in Central Arkansas and one of the largest attractions in the state. The Zoo provides recreational opportunities for families and educates the public about the importance of saving wildlife and wild places for future generations.
There are more than 500 animals who make their home at the Little Rock Zoo on its 33 acres. More than 200 species are represented, many of which are endangered. The Zoo participates in important conservation breeding programs and also coordinates with partner organizations to help save species in the wild. The Zoo’s education efforts inspire the next generation of scientists, researchers and conservationists.
The Little Rock Zoo was founded in 1926 with an abandoned timber wolf and a circus-trained bear. Many of the buildings that still stand today were built in the 1930’s under the Workers Progress Administration (WPA) program of the Roosevelt Administration. The Zoo has historical significance and is treasured by generations of Arkansans. There have been a lot of big breaks for the Little Rock Zoo, but one of the most important was in 2001 when the Zoo regained its accreditation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
The Zoo’s community and the city of Little Rock made a decision to invest in the Zoo and ensure that it was upholding the best standards for animal care and conservation. The Zoo has maintained that accreditation and flourished. The Zoo has grown its footprint through educational outreach across the state, consistently improving their physical facilities, and by developing dynamic special events that consistently get voted best throughout Arkansas. The Zoo continues to be one of the most visited attractions in the state.
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