Social Enrichment

Definition:  Providing appropriate pairings or groupings, potential mixed species exhibits and also considering the level of human contact.  Social behaviors are often key to an animals' survival in the wild.  Social behaviors in the wild can include:  feeding and foraging, defense and territoriality, and reproduction and courtship.

Training is an example of keeper and animal interaction that builds trust and benefits the daily care of the animals.  Training provides mental stimulation through learning.  Training for certain husbandry behaviors allows the keepers and vet staff to examine and take care of the animals in a non-invasive and stress free way.


A TORTOISE and RABBIT having some fun on the farm
CAPYBARA mother and her babies taking a nap
Child interacting with a PENGUIN
CROWNED CRANES next to a female KUDU on the African Veldt
GEOFFORYS MARMOSET and a GREEN IGUANA just hanging around
Mother and Daughter GORILLA
Little Rock Zoo Docent, Guy Bingham, with one of our AMERICAN BALD EAGLES
Visitors interacting with our two female ASIAN ELEPHANTS, Zina and Jewell

  • Tortoise and Rabbit
  • Capybara
  • Penguin
  • Cranes and Kudu
  • Marmoset and Iguana
  • Gorillas
  • Bald Eagle
  • Asian Elephants