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Latest News: (updated December 23, 2022) 

Because the safety of animals, staff, and guests is the Zoo's top priority, the Zoo will temporarily close due to the inclement weather forecast.  The Zoo will be closed December 22 and December 23 due to the weather forecast.  GloWild has been cancelled for both December 22 and December 23 for the weather.  Ticket holders for GloWild may come to any night or may ask for a refund due to the cancellation. 

Please see below for the full explanation of closings:

  • Friday, December 23
    • Zoo Closed for Inclement Weather
    • GloWild Cancelled for Inclement Weather
  • Saturday, December 24
    • Zoo Closed for Inclement Weather
    • GloWild Closed because of Christmas Eve
  • Sunday, December 25
    • Zoo Closed for Christmas
    • GloWild Closed for Christmas
  • Monday, December 26
    • Zoo reopens
    • GloWild Reopens

Updated December 23, 2022


(updated October 27, 2022) 

Out of an abundance of caution, the Little Rock Zoo will move all birds indoors for the next week after Avian flu (HPAI) was found recently in Madison County.

The presence of Avian flu within the state enacts the Zoo’s Level Two response of its High Pathogenic Avian Influenza Control Protocol and calls for birds to be moved indoors so that further monitoring of the situation can occur. Zoo staff will monitor reports from the Arkansas Department of Agriculture and other sources for information on whether or not there is further spread of the disease in the state or evidence of other cases in nearby areas.
In a news bulletin the Arkansas Department of Agriculture encouraged all flock owners to follow strict biosecurity protocols. HPAI is highly pathogenic, meaning it can easily be spread from bird-to-bird. The disease is deadly to most birds. Avian flu is also zoonotic, meaning it can be transmitted between birds and humans, although this is not common.


Advance reservations for regular visits are no longer required to visit the Zoo. Reservations for groups: church, school, etc., are now being accepted.  To make your group reservation, please call 501-661-7200 or click here.

Masks are no longer required at the Little Rock Zoo.
Zoo staff are still required to wear masks in certain behind the scenes animal areas as COVID-19 is a zoonotic disease that has transmitted between humans and certain animals. Behind the scenes tours to the public are still suspended at this time. 

Café Africa is open!  We have hamburgers, sandwiches, salads, drinks, cold treats and hot deserts! You can dine-in or take your meal out to enjoy. 
The historic Over-the-Jumps Carousel is open!  Come enjoy this piece of Little Rock and Zoo history.  Begin or end your day with a ride on one of our beautiful ponies!
Reservations for groups: church, school, etc., are now being accepted.  To make your group reservation, please call 501-661-7200 or click here.


The Safari Trader Gift Shop is open and is ready for you to shop!  Stop by any time to purchase your souvenirs, gifts, and other special items.  Our Arkansas Diamond Express Train is also re-opened for fun and making memories!

The Zoo is open from 9-4:00pm, with last admission at 3:30pm. 

Memberships are available for purchase at the Zoo.  We do encourage the purchase of Zoo memberships online before your visit, to allow time for processing.  You may use your online receipt as proof of your membership purchase.  Your permanent membership card will be available at the Zoo gates soon after your purchase.   

The Zoo is now accepting and honoring coupons, free passes, discounts, and reciprocal Zoo memberships.


PLEASE NOTE: Tickets to the Zoo are paid at the gate. 

We’ve enhanced sanitation and reduced touch points to keep you safe and provide a great guest experience.

Helpful information when visiting the Zoo:

  • Additional hand sanitizing stations have been set-up throughout the Zoo.
  • Café Africa, the train, Safari Trader Shop and the Over-the-Jumps Historic Carousel are now open. 
  • While outside food and drinks are not allowed inside the Zoo, outside food and drinks may enjoyed in the picnic area outside the Zoo’s Entry Plaza.
  • An online map will be available on phones by scanning a QR code at entry. Paper maps are still available.
  • All restrooms will be open, and will be cleaned and disinfected.
  • Wheelchairs are strollers and are available for rent and will be disinfected before and after each use.
  • Guests under 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Other important Information:

  • Tickets for non-members/general public must be purchased at the Zoo gate.
  • The Zoo is accepting reciprocal membership agreements for free or reduced-price admissions.   
  • Free coupons and passes are now accepted.
  • Reservations for catering are available on a limited basis.
  • Group sales and reservations are now re-opened.



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Last admission 4 p.m.
Zoo grounds close at 4:30 pm

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