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Latest News: (updated April 26, 2024)

Go check-out the updated gift shop, Safari Trader Shop on your next visit.  Updated décor, lighting and new offerings will be sure to make you come back again and again.  

Also, Café Africa has updates just begging to be seen! Enjoy a great lunch, beverage or snack in this renovated dining area of the Zoo.  We welcome SSA to the Zoo as our new food, beverage, and merchandise vendor.  


The loss of City Manager Bruce Moore is felt far and wide. As a department of the City of Little Rock, the Little Rock Zoo has been under the leadership of Bruce Moore since his appointment as city manager many years ago. Bruce has been critical to the Zoo’s success and a constant supporter and advocate of our needs. As city manager, it was a priority of his that Little Rock maintain an accredited zoo. Bruce traveled to many Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Accreditation hearings to show the City’s commitment and made it a priority to provide funding and support to help the Zoo maintain accreditation. In recent years, Bruce has been an even stronger advocate for the Zoo and its development.

Personally, Bruce was an amazing person to work for. He saw the potential in everyone he hired and ensured that everyone had a seat at the table. He cared deeply for every city staff member and would always want updates if an employee was sick or experiencing a loss. The City of Little Rock was part of his family and even if we didn’t know it, we were in his thoughts and prayers. Bruce has given so much to advance our city. The Little Rock Zoo and Little Rock would not be the same without him.
Please join me in keeping Bruce’s family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
- Susan Altrui, Little Rock Zoo Director

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. 
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 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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Little Rock Zoo

1 Zoo Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205


Hours of Operation
9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Last admission 3:30 p.m.
Zoo grounds close at 4:00 pm

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