jaguar habitat

Land of the Jaguar

Land of the Jaguar encompasses 2.5 acres and showcases the magnificent animals, architecture, and culture of Latin America. Over 40 species of mammals, birds, and reptiles are featured.

Just beyond the zoo entrance, towering Mayan ruins beckon you to explore life on a different continent. Monkeys and birds welcome you into the lush surroundings.

A meandering path carries you through an Amazonian village where the jaguar, giant anteater, caiman, ocelot and more await. Your journey will end at the mountain’s edge with the spectacular Andean bear and Andean condor.

Louisiana Habitat

Louisiana Habitat

Louisiana Habitat covers approximately 3.5 acres and features the flora, fauna, architecture, industry and culture of Louisiana. Marshes, swamps, and uplands of Louisiana are depicted through natural habitats for native species such as alligator, eagle, otter, cougar, black bear, bobcat, raccoon, red wolf, white-tailed deer and many others.

Guests can enjoy underwater viewing of turtles, fish, otters and alligators.

Louisiana Habitat exhibit received an award from Louisiana Contractors magazine for best public facility in 1998 and won an AZA Significant Achievement Award in 2002.

African lion

African Experience, Phase I

Phase I of the African Experience opened in 2003. The large habitat built to house the zoo's African lions has incredible rock formations and a 17 foot waterfall! Upon entering the area, visitors can also view crested porcupines and dwarf crocodiles.

An aldabra tortoise habitat is home to one of the zoo's most famous residents, "Big Al". The many cultural elements and details incorporated into this exhibit make it truly an experience.


Australian Walkabout

Completed in 2002, the Australian Walkabout features animals native to the land down under including the kangaroo, wallaby, emu, snake-necked turtle, cassowary, kookaburra, and additional avian species.

The Aussie Aviary is a new, interactive free-flight aviary that allows guests to get up close and personal with colorful Australian bird species and even feed them!

Festival Plaza

Festival Plaza

As the venue for many special events and activities held at the Zoo, the stage and entertainment area play an important role in continuing the Zoo's mission. The beautiful Festival Plaza includes colorful shade sails, a brick-lined memorial courtyard, and a renovated performing stage.