The Little rock zoo, Arkansas
The Little rock zoo is the oldest zoo of the Arkansas which was opened in the year 1926. It is situated in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States by capturing 33 acres area. It is the home for 700 animals which belongs to 200 different species. This makes this zoo quite attractive for the visitors as well as playing a great role in conserving animal diversity. This is the only largest Arkansas Zoo which is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). This zoo is participated in the AZA Species Survival Plan (SSP) and thus played an important role in the conservation of many endangered species.
The animals which belong to different species spread in the whole area of the zoo according to their habitat as well as diet too. The whole area of the zoo can be commonly divided into four zones, North, South, East, and West. There are specific exhibits for each zone thus all the zones are unique by their own exhibits. The most common exhibits which attract large number of people every year are described in brief in the following:
1. North Zone:
a) African Veldt: This is the main exhibit for the species which are native to the continent of Africa. One may found the species like Grey crowned crane, Ankole cattle, greater kudu, black rhinoceros, & white rhinoceros. Sometimes in the summer days Stanley crane is also found in this exhibit.
b) Big Cats: This exhibit was opened on June23, 1982 which is mainly consists of predatory animals like African lions, Malayan tigers and Jaguars etc.
c) Conservation Outpost: This mainly the house for the naked mole rat but through the viewing area one can different species like green tree python, eastern indigo snake, Louisiana pine snake, mole snake, Madagascar giant day gecko, African fat-tailed gecko, African cichlid, and crocodile monitor etc.
d) Laura P. Nichols Cheetah Outpost: This exhibit contains one of the fastest animals in our globe i.e. Cheetah which is the main attraction of the visitors too.
2. South Zone:
a) Elephant Burn: The Elephant Burn is the home for the two largest Asian animals whose name is Jewel and Zina.
b) Children’s Farm: This is the only exhibit which mainly consists of several species of goose as well as chicks too. The mainly found species in this exhibit is Araucana, Barred Rock, Silkie, Polish Crested chicken, Salmon Faverolles chicken, Toulouse goose, and the Sebastopol goose.
c) Discovery Building: This is the place of the zoo which consists of many exotic species and this exhibit has a great importance in the conservation also. The main exhibits of this exhibit includes douroucouli, Geoffrey’s marmoset, Geoffroy’s tamarin, Wied’s marmoset, Louisiana pine snake, northern pine snake, eastern hognose snake, western hognose snake, southern copperhead, red eyed tree frog, Panamanian golden frog, Scolopendra heros, emperor scorpion, Lasiodora parahybana etc.
There is two other exhibit areas known as Vampire Bats and Waterfowl Pond present in this zone which mainly exhibits species like Aldabra giant tortoise, spur-thighed tortoise, bar headed goose, Canada goose etc.
3. East Zone:
This area of the zoo is divided into 6 different exhibit areas as per the presence of the species. The exhibit areas are Great Apes, Lorikeet Landing, Laura P. Nichols Penguin Pointe, Primate Islands, and Hoofstock. The species which are mainly present in this zone are common chimpanzee and Bornean orang-utan, rainbow lorikeet, African penguin, ring-tailed lemur, black lemur, Siamang, giant anteater, bald eagle, white-handed gibbon etc.
4. West Zone: This is the west part of the zoo consists of mainly giraffes, bears, small carnivores. The species which are usually seen in this part Baringo giraffe and the reticulated giraffe, Asian black bear, sun bear, bush dog, white-nosed coati, three-toed box turtle, ornate box turtle etc.
This is zoo is a nice place either for gathering experience about wild animals as well as for spending a holiday in the midst of the nature. You will surely be pleased after visiting this zoo once.
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