Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo

City of Monroe

The City of Monroe, Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo, and Zoological Society showed off a new train engine today at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo. A train fundraiser has been ongoing to purchase a train, rebuild tracks and the train station. 

The Monroe - West Monroe Convention and visitors bureau today presented a $150,000 grant to help with the cost on the engine and coaches. 

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The Easter Bunny is making it's annual stop in Monroe at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo. Mayor Jamie Mayo and the Monroe City Council are pleased to join the Department of Community Affairs and Louisiana Purchase Zoological Society to present Easter Eggstravaganza 2018.


Celebrating 20 Years with Black Bayou

Jun 7, 2017
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Saturday June 17th, the Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge is celebrating its 20th anniversary at the refuge. The celebration will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with interactive activities for children and adults.

Black Bayou became a refuge in 1997 and has been serving the community by providing a scenic place for families to enjoy the wildlife and learn about Louisiana's biodiversity. The refuge has 5,000 acres of wildlife including 2,500 acres of lake. Visitors can walk the trails, go hunting or fishing, and admire the wildflower fields at the refuge.

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Saturday May 20th, the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo will be having an unveiling of their new interactive animal sculptures donated by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. The dedication will begin at 2:00 p.m. 

Louisiana Purchase Zoo's Easter Eggstravaganza

Apr 13, 2017

Saturday April 15th, the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo will be holding its Easter Eggstravaganza. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. that morning, and the Easter egg hunts start at 11:00 a.m.

The Easter Eggstravaganza is one of the zoo's biggest events of the year. Director of the zoo, Joe Clawson, shares that, "The event is to raise money, but it is also to share with the community what's been going on at the zoo. We're really proud of what the staff has accomplished."  


The Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo had an early visitor this morning.  At 2 a.m., officers attempted to pull over a car that led the police on a 30 minute city wide high speed chase.

The chase ended when the vehicle crashed into 2 animal habitats at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo.

The suspect, Javarro Eleam, was arrested and the animals were not hurt.

Eleam is currently being held in the Ouachita Correctional Center with a $1,000 bond. Charges include damage to property, resisting an officer, reckless operation, and aggravated flight.


Lions, Tigers, and Boos, Oh My!

Oct 26, 2016
Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo

Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo is hosting its annual Halloween event, Boo at the Zoo, Saturday, October 29th from 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. This year's theme, PokeMonKEE, is all things Pokemon and monkeys.

Boo at the Zoo will be a full day of fun with costume contests, prizes, photo opportunities, and a magician. The zoo will also be giving one of their lions, Baja, a new boomer ball (an indestructible ball made for wild cats).

Bulb Sale Has Master Gardeners Ready for Spring

Oct 18, 2016
Louisiana Master Gardeners

Louisiana's Master Gardener Program is getting ready for the Annual Fall Bulb Sale. It will take place Saturday, October 22nd from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. at the West Monroe Farmer's Market.

The Master Gardener Program is a volunteer service in almost all sixty-four parishes throughout Louisiana. Different garden demonstrations, butterfly gardens, and helpful gardening tips are some of the things that Master Gardeners provide. 

Food, Fun, and Singing Dogs at Zoobilation 2016

Jul 20, 2016
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Nestled in south Monroe lies the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo. The "Monroe Zoo" as it is often affectionately called, debuts a new member to its animal family, and hosts a day of festivities at its annual Zoobilation event on Saturday, August 6. 

Moving into the Australia Exhibit that day is the zoo's newest addition, The New Guinea Singing Dog. Looking like a smaller version of a dingo, this is the rarest breed of dog in the world, and is known for its unique howl. There are fewer than 200 of these dogs in the world.

Making A Splash! The Return of Zoobilation

Jul 16, 2015
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A summer tradition returns to the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo.

August 1 marks the return of Zoobilation​.  After a nearly ten year hiatus, a group of community volunteers have partnered with the Louisiana Purchase Zoological Society to revive the celebration.

"There just so much time and energy to bring an event like this together," Clint Downing, an event coordinator.  "We want to bring this back for the community and the new residents that have moved here due to work," he said.