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May 01

Baton Rouge Zoo: Geaux Wild

Asian ElephantBaton Rouge Zoo is the number one year-round family attraction in Louisiana’s capitol city.  It is a medium sized zoo with several of the more prized species like tigers, Asian elephants, and giraffes that entertain the quarter of a million guests that visit the Baton Rouge Zoo each year.  This zoo was a nice stop for us as we were driving back from our trip to see New Orleans.Baby AlligatorWe went on a weekday during the school year and with the exception of two small school field trips and a couple of mom’s with their small kids we had the whole zoo to ourselves.  It is always nice to visit a zoo on a slower day otherwise there always seems to be somebody screaming at the animals or banging their fists against the cages to get the animals to do something.  The quiet days that give us a chance to enjoy a walk and see some animals at the zoo always seems to be our favorite types of days to visit.Monkey IslandThe Baton Rouge Zoo has animal species from six of the seven continents in the world.  North America is the best represented with over 50 different species and Europe is the least represented with 3.  Besides their overarching themed areas they have a few more exhibits worth visiting.  The otter pond is a large area with North American river otters.  The spider monkey island is s nice little barless enclosure for their spider monkeys.  On our visit the monkeys and geese were playing a game of tag where the geese would be chased back into the water by the monkeys and then turn around and honk at the spider monkeys until they were given enough space to go back onto land and then it would start all over again.  The L’aquarium de Louisiana houses several species of fish, reptiles, and amphibians that call Louisiana home.  The best exhibit of the bunch is their Realm of the Tiger.  It is a nice enclosure for both their Malayan tiger and Sumatran tiger.  The Baton Rouge Zoo also has plans to bring African Elephants in what has been dubbed their African Elephant Oasis.AquariumWhile there are no jaw-dropping exhibits at the Baton Rouge Zoo the zoo does have enough variety to make it worth a visit if you are in the Baton Rouge area.  The zoo also has a kid’s area with a playground and a train that goes around the perimeter of the park.  Like most zoos the Baton Rouge Zoo has some dated areas mostly in their bird and small monkey areas that consist of smaller barred cages.  Overall it was a decent zoo experience and we hope that their new African elephant exhibit, when it comes on line, will just add to some of their nicer newer areas like their Realm of the Tiger and Spider Monkey Island.

To see reviews of other zoos like the Baton Rouge Zoo click here. TigerBaton Rouge Zoo
Located at 3601 Thomas Road, Baton Rouge, LA
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 9:30 to 4:00 p.m. extended hours between April and August closed New Year’s Day Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day.
Cost as of this Posting: Adults 13 and over $8.25, Seniors $7.25, and Children 2 to 12 $5.25
For more information visit their website at http://www.brzoo.org/Ostrich

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