The Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo is located in Monroe, Louisiana. It is an 80-acre (32 ha) zoological park that exhibits over 500 animals. The zoo holds various seasonal festivities that include the Easter Egg Extravaganza and Wet and Wild. It is open year-round, except during Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Much of the development of the zoo came during the long-term administration of Mayor W. L. "Jack" Howard who made the facility a centerpiece of his campaign for municipal improvements, along with such projects as a new City Hall and Civic Center. 
In 2013, the United States Department of Agriculture, which holds regulatory authority over the nation's zoos, mandated that Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo remodel the kitchen where the food for the animals is prepared and construct eight new holding pens for primates. Zoo director Joe Clawson said that he expects to tap into the $80,000 annual maintenance budget to make the needed changes in-house.
The zoo offers a boat tour that allows visitors to see many species that are not visible from the foot paths. Visitors will see many species of hoofed animals, primates, and species native to the area.