The Little Rock Zoo is coming to you with a Virtual Spring Break! The zoo announced on their Facebook page Wednesday that during the dates of March 19-29 at 2 pm they will be hosting a “Facebook Live Keeper Chats” with special added surprises to continue your fun!
This announcement was made after the Little Rock Zoo posted the following on their website:
The Little Rock Zoo announced that it will close and not reopen until at least March 30 in an effort to help stop the spread of coronavirus, or COVID-19. The Little Rock Zoo has been closely monitoring health information on COVID-19 and has made the difficult decision to close to the public. The health and safety of our guests, staff, animals, volunteers and the community are our highest priority.
We inspire people to value and conserve our natural world. Visiting the Zoo is an opportunity to experience wildlife up close, but it is also an opportunity to connect with others in our community and with our friends and family. We pride ourselves in the care we give and care is central to our decision making process.
To this end, the Little Rock Zoo will close to visitation on Monday, March 16, 2020 and will not reopen until March 30.
Care for Our Animals and Staff
Animal care will continue through our professional zookeepers and highly-trained staff while they implement proven safety procedures that are updated continuously following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), industry standards and adaptation as new information is made available. Our staff will protect both themselves and the wildlife in their care with the level of consideration that maintains our accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
- We have increased cleaning and sanitizing of all areas.
- As always, staff wear personal protective equipment (PPE) when in close proximity to animals.
- We have temporarily restricted business-related travel for our staff.
- We have postponed or cancelled programs and events.
- We have enacted other policies and procedures related to our level of response and our pandemic response plan.
Respect for Our Members
Our members are the backbone of our mission. Since our members will not be able to visit the Zoo for the next month we will extend their memberships by one month in 2021. Additionally, we will be broadcasting animal feedings on our website, allowing our followers to connect with the animals on social media and creating engaging online content that showcases the power of conservation to preserve our natural world.
Vision for Our Future
When the Zoo reopens we will be preparing for the grand opening of two new areas, the Conservation Learning Center and the Colobus monkey and Serval cat habitat. We’ll also kick-off events to educate our community and its youth, host a rescheduled Wild Wines event in September, and the most popular Halloween attraction in central Arkansas, Boo at the Zoo, will return in October 2020. We can’t wait for you to experience all we have in store for you.
How You Can Help
While we won’t be welcoming guests right now, a large portion of the income it takes to run an accredited zoo will be lost. We know that supporting local attractions is important to you, so there are several ways you can contribute to our continued success.
- Take care of yourself and your family by following the precautions set forth by the CDC. Without you there is no Zoo.
- Donate directly to the Zoo and our mission to inspire conservation learning by making a donation to the Arkansas Zoological Foundation.
- Become a 12-month member now. Your 12 months will begin on the day the Zoo reopens. Check-out membership levels and become a member now.
- Volunteer with the City of Little Rock’s COVID-19 response effort.
- Stay up to day with what the City of Little Rock is doing to respond to COVID-19.