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Address: Ticheli Road, P.O. Box 123, Monroe, LA 71210
Phone Number: 318-329-2400
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Leisure education, Viewing wildlife

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Please don't go!

Your concept of zoos will be forever tarnished if you go to this place. I couldn't believe the powers-that-be would allow this zoo to remain open. The animals were dirty and... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
TLCNini
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Monroe, Louisiana
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Monroe, Louisiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Your concept of zoos will be forever tarnished if you go to this place. I couldn't believe the powers-that-be would allow this zoo to remain open. The animals were dirty and sickly. The grounds were unkempt. I can't think of one good word to say about our experience.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Found this zoo while road tripping with my wife. I honestly thought we stumbled into an abandoned zoo. Animals look in terrible shape. The actual enclosure's looked like they could fail any minute. The only zoo I have ever been to that is in worse shape is the Jackson Mississippi zoo. The U.S.D.A. failed if they think this zoo is... More 

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Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We visited this zoo in mid-December, hardly the peak of the season but the weather was nice. I first came to this zoo in the 1970s, when I was in elementary school. Apparently since then the zoo has declined and rebounded at least once. Zoos are precarious. If they lose funding, they start to decline, and if they start to... More 

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Monroe, Louisiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I took my niece here in 2011 and she fell in love with the monkeys and they fell I love with her, she walked away and they went crazy she came back and they all became quite. I just wished they had more animal space for all the animals.

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Raymond, Mississippi
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I recently visited with my children and did not expect much based on the reviews. My lowest expectation was better than what I saw. The best word to describe the experience is sad. I did not see many of the animals that were listed on the zoo map. There are more empty exhibits than exhibits with animals in them. The... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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94 reviews 94 reviews
13 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We visited here with low expectations after reading so so-so reviews. We have been to many well known zoos, but still enjoy visiting smaller ones too. This zoo was easy to walk around and we saw many animals (buffalo, lion, tiger, monkeys, black bear, zebra, rhinos...just to name a few). There is a boat ride to see animals and I... More 

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DeSoto, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

My daughters and I often visit the local zoo when we travel and they enjoyed this one. My step mother does not like nature at all and there was an abundance here so she was very unhappy.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I took 2 of my grandchildren to this zoo when we were in Monroe. There weren't many animals around and some of the gardens looked to need some care. The tiger was beautiful and he swimming around in his very small habitat. The lion gave us a "roar" but again, her habitat was pretty small. There was supposed to be... More 

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Winnsboro, Louisiana, United States
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51 reviews 51 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I was not impressed with my last visit to this zoo. We did make a mistake of going in the hot summer months. They were not many animals exhibits. It is run down. The staff is unfriendly. I did spend several minutes watching a tiger play and swim, the definite highlight of this trip.

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Monroe, Louisiana
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Bernstien park became Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo when I was still in grade school. It was a showplace! Never big, but always clean and pretty, with lots of colorful plants and flowers and a wide array of animals to make a day at the zoo a treat. A dedicated bunch of volunteers have tried hard to keep the place... More 

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