Alexandria Zoological Park
This 33-acre zoological park in Alexandria, Louisiana first opened to the public in 1926 and is operated by the Division of Public Works. The zoo, home to nearly 500 animals, was facing threats of closure during the 1960s until a committee was formed (Friends of the Alexandria Zoo) which is now the zoo's support organization. The zoo features four additional themed habitats along with its regular exhibits. These areas include African lions, dwarf crocodiles, and crested porcupines. Two other exhibits feature Aldabra and Galapagos tortoises and the Venom Center or African snake house.