Faces of Arkansas: The Face of Family Fun, Little Rock Zoo
As the only Association of Zoos & Aquariums-accredited institution in the state of Arkansas, the Little Rock Zoo inspires people to value and conserve our natural world. The Little Rock Zoo is a leading cultural attraction in Central Arkansas, and one of the largest attractions in the state. The zoo provides recreational opportunities for families and educates the public about the importance of saving wildlife and wild places for future generations. Not only does the zoo serve Arkansans with a family-friendly educational experience, but it also impacts conservation efforts worldwide.
The Little Rock Zoo is able to thrive under the leadership of a talented and dedicated team of individuals, including Susan Altrui, Little Rock Zoo Director; Joy E. Matlock, JD, Director of Marketing and Development; Christy Garrett, Director of Guest Experience; and Dustin Bean, Special Events Coordinator.
“There are more than 500 animals who make their home at the Little Rock Zoo on our 33 acres. More than 200 species are represented, many of which are endangered,” Matlock says. “The zoo participates in important conservation breeding programs and also coordinates with partner organizations to help save species in the wild. Our education efforts inspire the next generation of scientists, researchers and conservationists.”
Garrett explains that, “The Little Rock Zoo is the only place that the majority of Arkansans would have the opportunity to see lions, tigers, gorillas, elephants and so many more animals.”
“Another thing that makes us special is our people,” Bean adds. “Our staff all work from their hearts and want to see the world become a better place for all living things. Our entire staff work to make sure we are working to make our mission a reality. Special events are critical for attracting guests, raising funds and creating opportunities to educate our guests on the importance of conservation.”
The Little Rock Zoo was founded in 1926 with an abandoned timber wolf and a circus-trained bear. Many of the buildings that still stand today were built in the 1930s under the Workers Progress Administration (WPA) of the Roosevelt Administration.
Little Rock Zoo – 501-661-7200 – littlerockzoo.com