Roar, Soar and Explore at The Little Rock Zoo’s Dragon Kingdom Exhibition

The Year of the Dragon is upon us, and the Little Rock Zoo is ready to celebrate! 

The Dragon Kingdom Exhibition kicks off during Spring Break at the Zoo, March 16-24, and continues through Sept. 28.

The exhibition includes life-size, animatronic models ranging from 10 to 40 feet. Of course, dragons are mythical creatures, but their real-life distant cousins, alligators, lizards, snakes and vipers will get in on the action–including Arkansas’s very own native dragon, the Eastern Collared Lizard.

The Zoo’s activities for spring break will have guests learning about various reptiles and other creatures at the Zoo that have similarities to the legendary abilities of dragons.  From chats about our alligator and our python to crafts in our reptile house, the Zoo will have plenty for the family to enjoy and explore. The Zoo hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day with special spring break programming featured at various times during each day.       

The Little Rock Zoo inspires people to value and conserve our natural world.  This spring break schedule aims to teach guests about the world’s diversity of animals through its collection of animals representing several countries and at least five continents.  The entire week will include ways to engage, learn and play. 

From wonderful entertainment, live music by Harp, daily penguin feedings, elephant chats, to great ape feedings—the Zoo will feature animals, new insights, and new ways to engage with your Little Rock Zoo! In addition, each weekend of spring break, guests can visit with fairy tale characters who will greet guests at the castle Dragon Kingdom entrance.

While here, guests can enjoy food, snacks, and drinks from our new food service vendor, SSA, in Café Africa. Guests can also end their day by picking up souvenirs and gifts at the Safari Trader Shop, also now managed by SSA.  The Arkansas Diamond Express and Over-the-Jumps Carousel will be in operation.  

As with all of its programming, the underlying theme is the conservation of its furry and scaly residents.

“Many of our animals would be extinct and ultimately mythical if not for the Association of Zoo and Aquariums’ conservation process,” said Executive Director Susan Altrui. “We’re proud to have the AZA accreditation and be a part of the delicate process of placing species in environments conducive to population growth and healthy lives.”

Visitors are encouraged to visit the Dragon Kingdom to learn about the Zoo’s scaly community. The Dragon Kingdom is presented by the Laura P. Nichols Foundation.

Tickets to Dragon Kingdom may be purchased at the Zoo gate. For more information about the Dragon Kingdom exhibition and Spring Break,, visit