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Alexandria Zoological Park, Alexandria

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.2/5 based on 170 reviews on the web
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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  • A great zoo to take kids to, plenty of rest areas and visibility for little kids is very good. The paths are fairly easy to navigate as they go back and forth with gradual inclines on nice walkways. V...  read more »
  • Love the zoo but ticket booth worker VERY RUDE .Visited the zoo twice within 2 weeks and BOTH TIMES she was so RUDE .We actually left the first time without going on due to her rudeness .Second time w...  read more »
  • Great zoo, not to big. Very shaded all throughout. A/C areas to stop and rest. Train ride was neat for little kids, not so much for older kids. 
  • 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.
  • Very nice Zoo. Been a few times. Recommend this Zoo. Will be goibg again
  • I love going there when we visit. There weren't as many animals out today but worth the trip from Texas. I love the train and the cajun room. I grew up in Alexandria and it's nice to come back and visit.
  • Such a great zoo and a wonderful surprise! We always visit when we're in town.
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