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Reptile & Tropical Bird House

Scheepmaker's Crowned Pigeon
Scheepmaker's Crowned Pigeon

The Historic Reptile and Tropical Bird House at the Little Rock Zoo stands as a testament to the remarkable craftsmanship of Silas Owens Sr., a skilled African American stonemason, carpenter, and farmer. Hailing from Faulkner County, Owens left an enduring legacy in central Arkansas with his distinctive construction style known as Mixed Masonry.

In 1936, Owens played a pivotal role in the construction of the Elephant House and the Reptile & Tropical Bird House at the Little Rock Zoo, working under a Works Progress Administration (WPA) contract.

These Historic buildings, a product of Owens' skill and dedication, have stood the test of time, remaining in use for nearly 90 years. Its timeless design and sturdy construction serve as a reminder of Owens' lasting impact on the architectural landscape of central Arkansas and the Little Rock Zoo's rich history.

Guest are invited to keeper chats in the Tropical Bird House at 10:00 AM daily (subject to change).

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Little Rock Zoo

1 Zoo Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205


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9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Last admission 3:30 p.m.
Zoo grounds close at 4:00 pm

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