Care for Animals
The Little Rock Zoo is responsible for the care and conservation of more than 400 animals that make their home at the Zoo and for contributing to the Zoo’s overall mission to save species. From traveling abroad to lend expertise to conservation organizations saving species in the wild to caring for Species Survival Plan® (SSP) animals at our Zoo, the Animal Management division makes a difference every day in the lives of animals.
Do you want a be a part of our efforts to conserve species, enrich animals' lives and give them great care? Contribute to any of our funds for animal enrichment, animal husbandry or conservation.
Ashley Davenport, CVT
Animal Welfare Coordinator
Employed with the Little Rock Zoo Since: 2010
Why animals: I obtained by degree in Veterinary Technology in 2009 from Arkansas State University - Beebe and took boards to become a CVT. I obtained by bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology in 2013 from St. Petersburg College which makes me a Veterinary Technologist as well. I love working with animals and especially with species at the Zoo because it’s always different, you never know what the day will bring and what new thing you will learn! Working here is my chance to make a difference for the animals in the care of the Little Rock Zoo and for species around the globe through our research participation and conservation efforts.
Favorite Animal: alligator
Patrick Douglas, CVT
Certified Veterinary Technician
Employed with the Little Rock Zoo Since: 2015
Why animals: I’ve always had a passion for animals. Veterinary Medicine was introduced to me by a great friend and mentor back in my home state of Illinois; I wouldn’t be where I am without her. Animals rely heavily on human interaction to survive and thrive, so being directly involved with their health and welfare means that I am contributing to a healthier and happier life for these animals. Our animals get the same human-level care, which includes instruments, medications, and treatments. Knowing that animals get the same care I would receive is a huge perk for me. The best part of the job is that it’s always interesting, you never know what you may end up doing throughout the day and the field is extremely versatile.
Favorite Animal: penguins
Dr. Sara Stoneburg, D.V.M.
Little Rock Zoo Veterinarian
Employed with the Little Rock Zoo Since: 2020
Why animals: I completed a biology intensive degree including a major in biology with a double minor in animal science and chemistry at the University of Illinois. Then, I received my doctorate at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine . My journey to becoming the Little Rock Zoo’s veterinarian included training at the National Zoo, the National Aquarium and the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois.
I always wanted to make a difference. I wanted to help species and wanted to save species for future generations to see. I enjoy the challenge that veterinary medicine gives with the variety of animals for which to care and the fact that my patients cannot tell me what is hurting them.
Favorite Animal(s): cheetahs, orangutans, and marmosets
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