Pets and Service Animals at the Zoo


Can I bring my pet to the Zoo, even if it's a just a small dog?

The Little Rock Zoo does not allow pets. We also caution against leaving pets in your vehicle while you visit the Zoo. Leaving pets in cars can kill or injure them. A temperature inside a vehicle can rise to be 40-50 degrees warmer than the outside temperature. Leaving pets in cars in cold temperatures can also be dangerous.

Can I bring my service animal to the Zoo?

Yes. Please note that animals used for emotional support and as "therapy" animals are not considered service animals under the definition of the ADA. Please click here to learn more about service animals at the Zoo. 

I'm looking to buy an exotic animal as a pet. Can you offer advice?

The Little Rock Zoo encourages the adoption of a cat or dog, not an exotic animal, as a pet. Animals found at the Zoo often do not make good pets and too many times pet owners rehome or "dispose" of exotic pets because they cannot properly take care of them. It often costs a great deal of money and time to care for an exotic animal and the public rarely understands the financial and personal commitment involved. While it is true that zoos and aquariums take former pets, this is rare. Most zoos and aquariums do not have the space or ability to take an exotic pet. Introducing a former pet to a group of existing animals could cause harm to the former pet as many zoo animals are already in social groups. Former pets often have behaviors that are not characteristic of an animal's natural behavior. In zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, we strive to create natural environments and provide enrichment that elicits natural behavior.

There are many cats and dogs in shelters that need homes. Adopting a cat or dog is one of the best ways to find a suitable animal companion.

Check out these great animal organizations for information on how to adopt a dog or cat in your area:

Little Rock Animal Village


Humane Society of Pulaski County