Frequently Asked Questions

Visiting the Zoo

Yes, except for large, rolling coolers that could obstruct walkways.

Yes, and we also have strollers and wheelchairs available for rental. These cannot be reserved.

Yes! Under the “About” tab, visit the “Employment” section that lists all of our open positions. All applications are handled online.

Visit to see the status of your application or call Human Resources at 225.272.9200.

No, the Zoo does not offer any court mandated community service.

Please email with the details of your situation and someone will review it.

Please contact the LSU Vet School or Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries. If you were directed to contact us, please email the details of your situation to and someone will review it.

Please call our Education Department at 225.775.3877 extension 6520 or email

Individuals are more than welcome to bring an ice chest. However, we do not have picnic space for groups of 15 or more, so please arrange for your group to picnic at a nearby park like Greenwood Community Park.

Individuals can bring dry snacks and drinks, and take advantage of the many picnic benches or green spaces. Groups of 15 or more will need to arrange for a picnic at a local park like Greenwood Community Park.

We welcome guests with disabilities who choose to bring their trained service animal, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), into the Zoo and Gardens. The care and supervision of a service animal is solely the responsibility of his or her owner. Service animals must remain properly leashed at all times. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support or therapy dogs that provide a service to others do not qualify as “service animals” under the ADA. Service animals are working animals, not pets. Pets are not allowed on Zoo grounds. Service animals may only be excluded from the Zoo when that animal’s behavior poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others. Examples are vicious behavior towards other guests, a dog that is out of control and the handler cannot or does not regain control, or if the dog is not housebroken.

Yes, they are first come first serve. We do not take reservations, but we do have wheelchairs available for rent as well.

Yes, bottled water and dry snacks are permitted. The Zoo proudly offers the Cool Critters Café and the Flamingo Café with a variety of refreshment options during your visit.


We’re closing in on Phase 1 of our construction plan, which involves the completion of the new Pygmy Hippo and Colobus exhibit. That should be finished up in the next couple of months. After that, we have a few more Phases of construction planned. The Zoo is making huge progress, and we’re excited to see the finished product!

Currently, the Monkey Island exhibit is not accessible. The Birds of the World exhibit has been demolished, but many of these animals have been moved to other exhibits, so keep an eye out for your favorite birds around the Zoo!

A: The train is temporarily closed while we make progress on reconstructing the Zoo.


Yes! As long as the bar code on a ticket hasn’t already been scanned, the ticket gate will honor them at any time.

All tickets, including the Pardon Our Progress passes, can be used past their expiration date as long as the bar code on the ticket hasn’t already been scanned.


Yes, we offer group discounts for parties of 15 or more that are made in advance. We also offer a Wednesday afternoon discount of $1.50 per person during the hours of 2pm-4pm each Wednesday.

No we do not but we do offer discount admission from 2pm-4pm on Wednesdays.

Unfortunately, the Zoo does not offer an EBT discount. The Zoo offers free admission to former and current members of the military only on our observed Veterans Day in November. Our only other discounts are: (1) the group rate discount with a minimum of 15 paying individuals and (2) the Wednesday afternoon discount, when admission for all ages is $1.50 from 2pm to 4pm.