Have you ever sat back and thought about how lucky we are to live in this beautiful state? It’s easy to get caught up in the routine of our busy lives, but it’s just as easy to take a minute and appreciate what’s right in front of you. Something I believe doesn’t receive the level of recognition it deserves is the Little Rock Zoo. 


I cannot stress enough how important the Little Rock Zoo is for our community. The conservation efforts of the zoo are vital to the survival of many of the zoo’s residents. On top of that, being able to witness the magnificence of these animals is an unmatchable feeling. 


When people think of visiting the zoo, they might consider the outing to be one for families with kids, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. A trip to the zoo is for anyone and everyone of all ages. I loved going to the zoo with my kids when they were little, but I also enjoy going with them as young adults. And, hear me out, the zoo is a great place for a date night or a girls’ night out. 



The zoo has welcomed a few new residents this past year. Kevin the baby rhino and Betty White the baby penguin among them have quickly gained popularity among zoo visitors and on social media. I mean, who wouldn’t fall in love with baby animals? 


“We recently did a weigh-in of baby Kevin and he is currently at 600 pounds,” director of marketing and development Joy Matlock says with a small laugh. For reference, this “baby” is only seven months old and already weighs the same as a vending machine.


The zoo is constantly providing guests with opportunities to meet the animals and learn more about the species in residence. There are a few animal birthdays coming up in the next few months, so stay tuned to the Little Rock Zoo’s social media for more information on how to celebrate.


“We have over 300,000 visitors every year, and we would love for everyone to have the chance to be part of that number,” Joy says. “The zoo is a great place to visit for educational purposes and fun activities.”

The Little Rock Zoo recently won our Best of 2022 in three different categories: Seasonal Attraction – GloWILD (my new favorite event), Festival: Wild Wines and Attraction: The Little Rock Zoo. Obviously, AY’s readers are as big of fans of the Little Rock Zoo as I am. The sun is out and the days are long so go wild and visit the zoo.


Calendar of Summer Events:

  • June – July: Zoofari Summer Camp
  • June 11: Breakfast with a Twist – Rhino
  • June 19-20: $2 off Admission 
  • July 2-4: Let Freedom Roar
  • July 9: Breakfast with a Twist – Tigers
  • Aug. 13: Breakfast with a Twist – Macaws
  • Sept. 15: Zoo Brew 2022

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