The Little Rock Zoo celebrates its 90th Birthday with “90th at Night” at Wild Wines Saturday, April 30, at 7:00 p.m.
Wild Wines, presented by Wright, Lindsey, and Jennings, is in its 10th year and has quickly become one of Arkansas’s largest food and wine events with hundreds of wines provided by O’Looney’s Wine and Liquor paired with food from more than 50 of central Arkansas’s best restaurants. The unique wine and food stops are located throughout the Zoo and the event also features a “Food Truck Row” with several local food trucks serving-up some of the best local cuisine.
The Little Rock Zoo has a rich history in providing the citizens of Arkansas with a quality recreational experience that educates children of all ages about the importance of wildlife conservation. Through natural animal exhibition and educational programming, the Zoo serves as a hands-on classroom where learning is fun. As one of Arkansas’ most attended attractions, the Zoo also serves as a driving force for economic development.
The Little Rock Zoo brought wildlife to the citizens of Arkansas in 1926 with just two animals: an abandoned timber wolf and a circus-trained bear. Today the Little Rock Zoo boasts nearly 700 animals representing more than 200 different species, many being endangered.
The Little Rock Zoo’s first buildings were made of native Arkansan stone and built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA). These buildings housed primates, reptiles, birds, and big cats. Today these buildings are still in use and the cat house has been transformed into Café Africa, a one-of-a-kind restaurant with the feel of an African style lodge. The Zoo is committed to the historic preservation of these beautiful buildings and guests will see many future renovations.
For 90 years the Little Rock Zoo has entertained and educated children of all ages and worked to protect and preserve animals of all kinds. The Little Rock Zoo is a place of fascination and amazement committed to educational excellence and to changing our world for the better. Through animal care and education we can make this world better for all creatures, big and small.
Tickets are $75 each per person in advance for general admission and $90 per person at the door. Reserve Room tickets are $150 each per person in advance and $200 per person at the door but these tickets are very limited and usually sell-out in advance. The Zoo is also offering a designated driver ticket for only $40, where guests can still come and enjoy the 50 restaurants and live entertainment.
Tickets may be purchased online here, or by calling (501) 661-7208. All proceeds benefit the Arkansas Zoological Foundation to help the Little Rock Zoo.