Value to the Community

The Alexandria Zoo is Cenla's largest, year-round, family oriented attraction. The Zoo enhances the quality of life in Central Louisiana, embraces all segments of our community and serves as one of the largest tourist attractions in Central Louisiana. The citizens in our community can be proud of the educational and entertainment value that our accredited zoo provides.

Accredited zoos and aquariums enhance their local economies each year by attracting 179 million visitors. The total contribution of AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums to the U.S. economy in 2010 was $16 billion, generating personal earnings totaling $4.7 billion and supporting 142,436 jobs (Dr. Stephen Fuller, 2011).