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Little Rock Zoo hosts “Endangered Species Day”

The Little Rock Zoo in downtown Little Rock will host “Endangered Species Day” on Saturday, May 17 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The purpose is to educate children and adults about the precious balance of nature and man, and to teach them what they can do to preserve endangered species.

On the endangered species list: Western lowland gorillas
Image courtesy of Hal Brindley /

Activities include:

  • A scavenger hunt for the entire family that will lead participants to various places in the zoo where they will learn about specific endangered species
  • Zookeepers on hand all day to chat about the problems and workable solutions
  • A conservation table with educational material
  • Education ambassador animals handled by docents throughout the zoo

Endangered species throughout the world

According to the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, endangered species now include one-third of all amphibians, almost half of all freshwater turtles, one in eight birds, one in four mammals, and more than 8,000 plant and algae species.

The Endangered Species Act of 1973 requires recovery plans to preserve, conserve and restore all endangered or close to endangered species. The recovery plan includes:

  • Restoration of habitats
  • Reproduction and assisted reproduction
  • Breeding in captivity
  • Biological, ecological and husbandry studies
  • Reproductive behavioral studies

Little Rock Zoo Species Survival Plan

The Little Rock Zoo is part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP) begun in 1981 as a cooperative effort among AZA Accredited Zoos. Members manage the breeding of particular species to maintain a healthy population. The Little Rock Zoo manages the reproduction of gorillas, rhinos, chimpanzees and several other animals.

Endangered Species Day is an excellent opportunity for a family outing that is fun, educational and important to our planet.

Zoo admission prices are $12 for adults and $8 for children 1-12. Admission is free for members and children under 1 year of age. For more information, contact the zoo at 501-666-2406501-666-2406.

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