I recently re-visited the LR Zoo for the second time in two weeks. I loved it even more the second time! I am from Memphis and we have a marvelous zoo. My friend Jenni had been to LR Zoo and was so surprised at the many negative reviews that she had seen. She invited me to join her one Tuesday; so we took off from work and made the 2 1/2 hour journey, so worth it! I didn't understand the negative reviews either. I thought the exhibits were open and very natural, it was nice to see that it was considered that a animal has to live here so lets make it spacious and pleasant when we can and small and comfy when needed. That together with the use of water and animal themed poetry make this zoo flow as you walk around this wonderful place. There are muliple viewing sites and on different levels for some of the exhibits which added a new perspective at each stop.
The fee to get in was reasonable and the food available, around the same as any of the other zoos I have been able to visit. We found the staff very pleasant. The first time we went was on a Tuesday and it was a little chilly, many fo the animals were still out an about though and the zoo keepers attending to their daily duties of caring for these amazing animals. We were at the North American Otters and one of the keepers was cleaning the exhibit next to us and since Jenni and I are big fans of Otters I took this opprotunity to ask her some questions. She was happy to answer and even knew about the Asian Otters we have in Memphis. It was a great encounter.
I did want to mention that in several reviews I noticed comments regarding animals not being outside or visible. To this I simply wanted to make the point that when it is extreme weather be it hot or cold, it is always a toss up. Do we not seek out our heaters and AC in extreme weather? It is only fair to the animals to have that same choice. Just please remember to check out the weather prior to visiting any zoo. It gets very hot in Little Rock and Memphis as well as a couple of months of extreme cold.
Now to the animals! It was such a treat coming from memphis to find that LR has made a great effort to have several different animals than the ones in Memphis. Being only 2 1/2 hours away it was a great way to plan. Just to "name" a few of the animals; there is a Spotted and Black Jaguar, many different primates, 4 different types of Bears and Lemurs. They make an effort to show you animals native to Arkansas like Foxes and Bobcats.They have recently completed a new exhibit for their Penguins, Penguin Pointe; where you can see these animals gracefully move through the water and bob on top of it.
If you the the chance be sure to visit this wonderful Zoo, they have plans for new exhibits in the future and I know I will return soon.
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