Featured Attraction Tuesday: “Baton Rouge Zoo”! by Mary Woods.
Baton Rouge Zoo
“There’s always something new at your Zoo.” When we usually coin this popular phrase, we’re often referring to a new birth or new animal at the Zoo; however, with the recent renovation and addition of BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo’s Conservation Plaza and the upcoming construction of a new Asian experience, ‘Realm of the Tiger,’ the Zoo is literally transforming before our eyes.
Modern zoos now play leading roles in teaching the importance of conservation, sustainability and environmental awareness. Helping the planet is not only about reducing our impact on the environment and better managing our resources, but it’s also about valuing all plant and animal species, and preserving our remaining ecosystems and habitats.
The Zoo’s next blockbuster exhibit ‘Realm of the Tiger’ will immerse Zoo guests in the continent of Asia and will feature tigers, Siamang gibbons, a walk-through aviary with Asian birds, plus a Koi pond and rock garden. Construction is projected to take approximately a year.
Quite frankly tigers are in trouble. As the world’s largest living cat, the tiger’s strength and ferocity is no match for the challenges it faces.From a population of around 100,000 tigers across the entire Asian range in 1900, numbers have fallen to as few as 5,000. We know tigers will need our help if they are to survive. It is our goal to help raise awareness of the threats to tigers, help raise funds for tiger conservation and raise awareness of the important role zoos play in international tiger conservation.
We invite you to discover the animal kingdom at BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo, including elephants, giraffes, rhinos and alligators. Visitors can enjoy the new Flamingo Cove and Giants of the Islands, featuring the Zoo’s Chilean flamingos and Galapagos and Aldabra tortoises, as well as the Safari Playground, the Otter Pond, our exhibit featuring a replicated fishing cabin with underwater viewing of the otters, L’aquarium de Louisiane, Parrot Paradise and KidsZoo. No visit to the Zoo is complete without a ride on the Cypress Bayou Railroad. Adults and children can take a scenic ride through the unique Louisiana habitat that surrounds the core Zoo. The Zoo is a place where people connect with animals and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you and a better future for all living things.
Visit us at www.brzoo.org
Admission: Adults and Teens: $6.00; Seniors: $5.00; Children 2-12: $3.00; 1 & under: FREE
Monday – Friday: Admissions open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Grounds close at 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Admissions open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Grounds close at 5 p.m.
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