Hattiesburg Zoo

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Hattiesburg Zoo
Date opened 1950[1]
Location Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA
Coordinates 31°19′25″N 89°18′55″W / 31.323736°N 89.315275°W / 31.323736; -89.315275Coordinates: 31°19′25″N 89°18′55″W / 31.323736°N 89.315275°W / 31.323736; -89.315275
Land area 12 acres (4.9 ha)
Number of species 55+[2]
Website www.zoohattiesburg.com

The Hattiesburg Zoo (sometimes also called the Kamper Park Zoo) is a small 12-acre (4.9 ha) zoo located within Kamper Park in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA. The zoo is operated by the Hattiesburg Convention Commission. As of December 2013, the Commission's executive director is Rick Taylor.[3]

Entrance area at Zoo

History[edit]

KamperPark.jpg

The 40 acres (16 ha) for Kamper Park was donated to the Daughters of the Confederacy by John Kamper in 1902, and was given in turn to Hattiesburg in 1908 for a public park. The zoo was opened on about 12 acres (4.9 ha) of the 40-acre (16 ha) park in 1950.

Exhibits[edit]

The zoo is located within Kamper Park among a grove of oak and pine trees. Upon entering the Zoo, visitors pass through a promenade that contains prairie dogs and leads to the Africa section. The African veldt contains antelope, monkeys, ostrichs, servals and zebras. In the South American exhibit area are capybaras, iguanas, jaguars, macaws, howler monkeys, llamas, tapirs and tigers. The tiger boardwalk gives a close view of American alligators.

Kamper Park has landscaped walking trails, tennis courts, grassy picnic areas, and playgrounds.

Education[edit]

The Zoo Education Center provides learning opportunities for school children, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and adults. The zoo's "edZOOcation" programs include Adopt an Animal, keeper chats, field trip classes, summer camps, birthday parties, animal encounters, Friday Zoo nights and overnights, and Zoo Tots for the youngest crowd.[4]

Other attractions[edit]

  • Asbury Discover Center
  • Carousel
  • Train ride around the zoo
  • Concession stand
  • Gift shop
  • Splash Pad
  • Parris Jewelers Mining Sluice
  • African Drum Station
  • Touch Africa Petting Zoo

The future[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Zoo Membership Application". zoohattiesburg.com. Hattiesburg Zoo. Retrieved 30 April 2011. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Visiting the Zoo". zoohattiesburg.com. Hattiesburg Zoo. Retrieved 30 April 2011. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Hattiesburg Zoo jaguar makes brief getaway". The Clarion-Ledger. Retrieved 2014-01-11. 
  4. ^ "edZoocation Programs". zoohattiesburg.com. Hattiesburg Zoo. Retrieved 30 April 2011. [dead link]

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