Visit the Little Rock Zoo on Saint Francis Day weekend

Little-Rock-zoo-logo-4-c-with-tagYesterday, October 4, was officially Saint Francis Day. But most churches commemorate it on the Sunday closest to the Feast Day, which is today.

Saint Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals.  As such, many churches have “Blessing of the Animals” services.

While the Little Rock Zoo does not have a “Blessing of the Animals” event, it does provide an opportunity to see and learn about many different types of animals.

No longer a space where animals are kept in tightly confined concrete and steel cages, the focus of the Little Rock Zoo is education about animals and the environment.  This mission is in keeping with Saint Francis’ belief in the importance of animals as part of the larger community.

The Little Rock Zoo has long been one of Arkansas’ great treasures. It all began modestly in 1926, with just two animals — an abandoned timber wolf and a circus-trained brown bear. Today, the Zoo has grown to include nearly 700 animals representing 200+ species, many on the endangered list. The Zoo itself, has become one of the state’s greatest educational and conservation resources.

The Little Rock Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.  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.  With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.  For more information, visit http://www.aza.org.