No BOO at the Zoo tonight due to rain

The Little Rock Zoo announces that due to the tonight’s forecast for rain, the October 30, 2019, Boo at the Zoo is cancelled.

The public is reminded that tonight’s ticket can be used for the last two nights of Boo, October 31 and November 1, 2019.

Don’t forget in this 28th year of Boo at the Zoo, we will have the traditional activities like trick-or-treating, s’mores stations, the haunted train ride and the haunted house, plus lots of new treats!  New attractions include two nightly magic shows, a fortune teller, a haunted hay ride, themed nights, and a craft beer garden! Each night may include characters from superheroes to princesses, and nightly contests will reward the evening’s most creative costumes!

Please find more information at  www.littlerockzoo.com.  The Little Rock Zoo is excited to invite the public to Little Rock’s most loved, family-friendly Halloween event held each night from 6-9 p.m.

Artober – Arts After Dark

October is Arts and Humanities Month nationally and in Little Rock. Americans for the Arts has identified a different arts topic to be posted for each day in the month.  Next up is “Arts after Dark”

This theme, like many of them, could go in many different directions.  I’ve chosen to highlight some cultural institutions lit up at night.

Ballet Arkansas and the Annex of Arkansas Rep on Main Street

Jane DeDecker and Alyson Kinkade’s IN THE WINGS in front of Robinson Center Performance Hall.

Darrell Davis’ Lions Pride in War Memorial Park

 

Lastly, while this photo took place indoors, it is a recreation of what the entrance to the Arkansas Arts Center will look like in 2022 when Henry Moore’s STANDING FIGURE KNIFE’S EDGE is located in front of the 1937 entrance to the AAC, which will once again be the main entrance. This was created for the AAC’s Farewell Party in August 2019.

Once and Future Arkansas Arts Center 9th Street entrance

Artober – Animals at the Little Rock Zoo

October is Arts and Humanities Month nationally and in Little Rock. Americans for the Arts has identified a different arts topic to be posted for each day in the month.  Next up is Animals. And what better place to see animals than the Little Rock Zoo?

Here are a few photos the Culture Vulture has taken at the Little Rock Zoo over the past few years.

Volunteers sought for 2019 Boo at the Zoo

Volunteers are needed to assist with Arkansas’s largest Halloween festival – Boo at the Zoo!

Boo kicks-off Oct. 18 with our Adult Night (must be at least 21 years old to volunteer for this night) and picks up Oct. 20 for a special night for McLarty Auto Group and then continues with their VIP/Members Night on Oct. 24 and the general event Oct. 25 – Nov. 1.

The event is 6 – 9 p.m. each night and there are a variety of volunteer opportunities available.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age or older for regular Boo nights.

Click here to learn more or to register! If you have questions or want more information please contact Kaylah Jackson at 661-7212 or kjackson@littlerock.gov.

The Little Rock Zoo wants input from kids

The Little Rock Zoo is looking for kids ages 7-12 to provide input for the Mayor’s Task Force on the Future of the Little Rock Zoo. Applications can be downloaded from Little Rock Zoo.com and are due by September 10, 2019 at noon.

During the two sessions held on September 14 and September 21, 2019, the Kid Task Force will be asked what they want to see happen at the Little Rock Zoo. Their opinions will be sought on what kind of new animal habitats the Zoo should offer, what new experiences the Zoo should provide and what other amenities should be added.

As a part of Task Force membership, the children will learn about Zoo operations in a fun setting and get a chance to meet some animals up-close-and-personal. The Zoo’s Education Department will lead a series of roundtable assessments with the Task Force that will include creative “play” sessions to uncover creative thought. Such sessions are used in both adult and child settings to encourage unique thought and creative thinking. 

If you have a child interested in taking part in the Task Force, please apply by September 10, 2019, at noon by downloading the application found at LittleRockZoo.com and sending it to mgates@littlerock.gov. Applications may also be mailed to:

Michael Gates
Little Rock Zoo Kid Task Force
1 Zoo Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205

 

Name for baby orang at Little Rock Zoo announced

The Little Rock Zoo has revealed the name of the new female baby orangutan chosen by public vote.

And the winner is: Kasih (pronounced KAH-see)  (Malay), which means love

Kasih, a baby female Northwest Bornean orangutan, was born to mother Berani and father Bandar on July 28. She is the first infant born to Berani and the fifth born to Bandar.

She can be seen at the great ape habitat with Berani. The mother carries the baby with her while she’s outside but does often shield the baby from public view by turning her back.

Kasih’s birth came at the recommendation of the Orangutan Species Survival Plan® (SSP), a program that cooperatively manages orangutan species in zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to further conservation goals.

This SSP Program coordinates species conservation, research, husbandry, management and educational initiatives. The Little Rock Zoo also participates in the AZA SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction) program for orangutans. AZA SAFE programs combine the collective strength of AZA organizations to help save species in the wild.

Help the Little Rock Zoo name the new baby organutan

The Little Rock Zoo is asking the public to help choose a name for the new baby orangutan born to Berani and father Bandar on July 29, 2019. The young female is the first infant born to Berani and the fifth born to Bandar.

The public is invited to vote by online poll available at the Zoo’s website and Facebook page.  The voting will end Friday, August 30, 2019, when the winning name will be announced. The Zoo keepers have selected four names from which to choose.

The choices are:

  • Kasih (pronounced KAH-see)  (Malay), which means love
  • Markisa (pronounced Mark-KEE-suh) (Malay), which means passion fruit
  • Sabah (pronounced SA-bah  (Malay), which is the name of the state in northern Borneo where orangutans are found
  • Madu (MAH-do) (Malay) which means honey.

The baby orangutan’s birth came at the recommendation of the Orangutan Species Survival Plan® (SSP), a program that cooperatively manages orangutan species in zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to further conservation goals. This SSP Program coordinates species conservation, research, husbandry, management and educational initiatives. The Little Rock Zoo also participates in the AZA SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction) program for orangutans. AZA SAFE programs combine the collective strength of AZA organizations to help save species in the wild.