The Little Rock Zoo will celebrate Chinese astrology’s Year of the Dragon by presenting the Dragon Kingdom Exhibition, which kicks off during spring break at the Zoo from March 16 to 24 and continues through Sept. 28.


The exhibition features animatronic models ranging from 10 to 40 feet in size. In addition to the mythical beasts, real-life reptiles such as alligators, lizards, snakes and Arkansas’ native eastern collared lizards will also have a presence during the exhibition.


The zoo’s spring break activities will allow guests to learn about reptiles and other animals at the zoo that have similarities to the legendary abilities of dragons. From talks about the zoo’s alligator and python to crafts at the reptile house, the zoo will provide an assortment of activities to families.


To support the zoo’s mission of inspiring people to value and conserve the natural world, the spring break schedule aims to teach guests about the world’s diversity of animals by displaying a collection of animals that represents several countries and at least five continents. 




The entire week will provide guests with opportunities to engage, learn and play. From entertainment that includes live music by Harp to daily penguin feedings, great ape feedings and elephant chats, the zoo will showcase animals and provide new insights and ways to engage. 


Each weekend of spring break, guests can also visit with fairy tale characters who will greet guests at the castle entrance to the Dragon Kingdom.


Guests can purchase food and drinks from the zoo’s new service vendor, SSA, at Café Africa and purchase souvenirs and gifts at the Safari Trader Shop, which is now also managed by SSA. The Arkansas Diamond Express Train and Over-the-Jumps Carousel will be in operation.


The underlying theme of the program is the conservation of the zoo’s furry and scaly residents.




“Many of our animals would be extinct and ultimately mythical if not for the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ conservation process,” said Susan Altrui, executive director of the Little Rock Zoo. “We’re proud to have the AZA accreditation and be a part of the delicate process of placing species in environments conducive to population growth and healthy lives.”


The Dragon Kingdom is presented by the Laura P. Nichols Foundation. Tickets to Dragon Kingdom may be purchased at the zoo gate.


The zoo will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day and feature special spring break programming at various times each day. 


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