The Baton Rouge Zoo is a place where people connect with animals from all corners of the world--from giraffes to rhinos, alligators to tigers and more!
During your visit, stop by The Otter Pond, which features a replicated fishing cabin with underwater viewing of the otters, as well as L'aquarium de Louisiane, which exhibits the fish, reptiles and amphibians of Louisiana. From there, take a stroll through Parrot Paradise where you'll see rare and colorful birds from the tropics, or get a first hand look at Asia's wildlife at our Realm of the Tiger exhibit.
For those young and young at heart, our popular Safari Playground is located right next our KidsZoo, where visitors can receive hands-on encounters with farm animals! Of course no visit is complete without a scenic ride on the Cypress Bayou Railroad, which takes our visitors around the perimeter of our beautifully maintained grounds.
Concessions (and lunch with the flamingos!) are available at the Flamingo Café, or grab a snack at the Cool Critters Café. Before you leave for the day, don't forget to stop by our Safari Post gift shop next to the front gate for great souvenirs and gifts for the whole family!
The Baton Rouge Zoo was the first zoo in Louisiana to achieve the distinguished honor of being accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. As a leader in the zoo field, the Baton Rouge Zoo was accredited in 1977, four years before any other zoos in the state and eight years before such accreditation was mandatory for membership in this prestigious professional association.
The Zoo is very active in conservation programs and fully participates with other zoos around the world in nearly 30 international Species Survival Plans (SSP) for critically endangered species. Three of these SSP animals, the Guam Rail, Arabian Oryx, and Golden Lion Tamarin, have been successfully reintroduced into the wild and represent living proof of our long-term commitment of reintroduction to strengthen and supplement wild populations of endangered and threatened wildlife.
The Zoo conducts active outreach and in-house educational programs. These programs are aimed at making the public aware of the problems confronting the wildlife of the world. Our educational programs reach thousands of children in school groups each year. Educational programming has expanded to include activities such as community outreach programs, reading programs, day camps, weekend classes, teacher workshops, on-site live animal and artifacts encounters and demonstrations. The demand for our educational programs increases every year.
We also work very closely with the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine conducting research on several species. Behavioral studies are also conducted through other departments at Louisiana State University as well as other colleges throughout our region.