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Alexandria Zoological Park, Alexandria

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The Alexandria Zoological Park is a 33acre zoo located in Alexandria, Louisiana, United States. First opened to the public in 1926, it is owned by the City of Alexandria and operated by the Division of Public Works. It is home to about 500 animals.The zoo was started in 1926 in Bringhurst Park as a row of cages. When the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) threatened to close the zoo in the 1960s, the city created the committee that is now Friends of the Alexandria Zoo (FOTAZ), the support organization for the zoo.The zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and takes part in about 20 Species Survival Plans (SSP).HistoryThe Alexandria Zoological Park was established in 1926 in Bringhurst Park. Photos from the early 1930s show cages constructed of chain link fence and iron bars, with very little vegetation planted near the exhibits. The only exhibits to survive from this era are the original fish pools, which are now used for wild fowl habitat. Additional cages, including a sea lion pool, were added in the 1940s.Although public comment indicates that the zoo once housed a chimpanzee and buffalo, the zoo was mostly started with discarded pets such as rabbits, goats, and deer. There is very little documentation for these early years, but the zoo seems to have changed very little until the late 1960s or early 1970s when the United States Department of Agriculture threatened to close it. This prompted City Commissioner O’Hearn Mathews to appoint the first zoo committee, which evolved into the Friends of the Alexandria Zoo (FOTAZ), the current support organization for the zoo.
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  • We were in Alexandria for the day and part of our trip was for this zoo. We have been to many larger zoos all over the country, and while this one doesn't compare in size, it does compare in quality. ...  more »
  • We have one of the cleanest and beautiful zoos in the South! A huge variety of animals, a petting zoo for the kids, as well as a train that gives you a great overview of the zoo! Highly recommend it!  more »
  • The zoo is smaller but it has great landscaping and a good selection of animals. The staff are very friendly. The cafe has good food with fair prices. The cost to enter the zoo is very low. This is a ...  more »
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  • What a great little gem in Alexandria. We stayed here on our way back home and decided to break up the long drive with a trip to the well rated zoo. When we pulled up it seemed very small and unassuming. Well, weren't we in for a nice surprise. This is an excellent zoo. Not too big but definitely big enough to feel like an outing. Definitely take the train ride. It's fun.
  • Well worth the drive from Baton Rouge. Wonderful atmosphere, love the layout of the zoo. Lots and lots of animals. Only two pitfalls was the ticket agent at the front gate on Sunday, April 16 around 9:30 was not very friendly, and not enough bathrooms (especially for us older folks). Other than that, I really, REALLY enjoyed my visit there!!!! Look forward to going back in the near future!
  • Great zoo with a lot of animals you don't see at other zoos. We weren't really sure what to expect because we are used to Dallas and fort worth zoo. This zoo doesn't have elephants and giraffes and things like that, but it makes up with it by having rare and diverse animals
  • I loved it. Large place with many animals there and lots you can do and interact with the animals. (Certain ones at least)
  • If you are an out doors and love the realistic vibe of the zoo and smelling and feeding the animals you'll love this place in small town Alexandria. The zoo is pretty large and they hose great concerts and benefits in the main stage. Feeding the fish, the best.