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Mayor, Zoo Foundation Announces Task Force for Zoo's Future

Thursday, Jul 25, 2019

LITTLE ROCK (July 16, 2019) – City of Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott, Jr. and the Arkansas Zoological Foundation announced today the formation of a task force to study planning and development for the Little Rock Zoo’s future.

The task force is part of an initiative of Mayor Scott’s to improve quality of life and to Revitalize, Reimagine, and Reinvest in the War Memorial Park area.

“As one of the largest tourist attractions in the state and the only accredited zoo in Arkansas, the Little Rock Zoo is an important part of War Memorial Park and our City,” said Scott.

Task Force Members will consist of:

Brad Cazort, Chair of the Zoo Board of Governors
Lisa Buehler, Chair of the Arkansas Zoological Foundation
State Senator Joyce Elliott, Vice-Chair of the Mayor’s Quality of Life Subcommittee for the Scott Script
Kathy Webb, City Ward 3 Director and liaison to the Zoo Board of Governors
Jessica Poynter, Chair, Generation Zoo Young Professionals
Chad Causey, Causey Law Firm, Board Member, Arkansas Zoological Foundation
Dr. Andrew Rogerson, Chancellor, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Hank Kelley, CEO/Partner, Flake & Kelley Commercial
Tab Townsell, Executive Director, Metroplan
Rhonna Wade, Chair, Create Little Rock
Gretchen Hall, Executive Director, Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau
Brandon Bibby, Associate AIA, WER Architects/Planners
Nate Coulter, Director, Central Arkansas Library System

Zoo Director Susan Altrui, City Manager Bruce Moore, and Jay, Chessir, President & CEO of the Greater Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, will serve in Ex-officio roles.  

The Task Force for the Zoo’s Future will review the Zoo’s current business model, help develop an action plan for future funding and also review the Zoo’s current facilities Master Plan developed in 2014 to look for new opportunities in animal habitat design, guest amenity and park design. The task force is comprised of a diverse range of individuals who offer a variety of perspectives.

Zoo consulting firm Schultz & Williams has been tapped by the Arkansas Zoological Foundation to assist with the task force. Schultz & Williams has decades-long experience working with zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and assisting them with business planning specific to developing public/private partnerships. Dozens of zoos and aquariums have used Schultz & Williams to develop future plans for long-range financial and organizational success.

About the Zoo

The Little Rock Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).  Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you and a better future for all living things.  With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.  For more information, visit

For more information on Little Rock Zoo, visit or call 501-661-7200.


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