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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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  • Really enjoyed our visit here. Entrance fee was very reasonable. Great selection of animals. Clean Park Friendly Staff Found it humorous the Bald Eagle display had an outhouse for as a backdrop. Great...  more »
  • we are members and go a couple times a month with grand daughter. Reallly nice exhibits and walkways. She loves the Amigos(flamingos) and the train ride is excellent. Priced family friendly too. much ...  more »
  • These people really care and try to do their best with the limited funds available. The decorations were a nice touch for a Zoo.  more »
  • Had a ton of fun at the zoo. They have a ton of animals that other zoos don't have. The price was great. The train took forever to arrive and it was not good for viewing animals. They had no plain animals like zebras and elephants. Overall, it was worth the money and was super fun. I spent hours there.
  • We are surprised that a small city has such a good zoo. The zoo is divided by regions (Asia, Africa, Australia, etc). It has a Louisiana habitat too. Of course, it is small compared to tons of other great zoo in the country, but it has some endangered animals, walks inside the park is comfortable, and staff are very nice. Tickets are inexpensive. We highly recommend this zoo. We will go back for sure.
  • This zoo is a lot more cozy than most in a good way. You are much closer to the animals in this zoo which adds to the experience. There are some less than stellar exhibits for sure but overall this is a great zoo and is honestly underrated
  • I take my children to the Alexandria Zoo at least once month. We have a fotaz membership so it is very affordable. Our family loves the zoo. The quality of the exhibits is great. You can tell the animals are happy. The animals have enough room to run and play. While the exhibits are large you almost always see each of the animals in each exibit. I have been to zoos all over the nation. In my opinion the Alexandria Zoo is one of the best zoos in the nation.
  • Very well-designed zoo. Lots of shade and seating areas close to the wildlife displays. Beautiful and well kept. Be sure to grab a seat on the little train ride around the zoo before you leave. Well worth it.