Jaguar Exhibit Reopens After Accident At Little Rock Zoo

Nov 26, 2014

The Little Rock Zoo

The jaguar exhibit at the Little Rock Zoo that was closed in October after a toddler fell into it has reopened.

The jaguars are now back on display with new warning signage. Zoo marketing director Susan Altrui says the zebra-striped signs warn patrons to stay away from the railings and provide an emergency phone number.

Zoo employees used fire extinguishers on Oct. 10 to frighten away the jaguars until a ladder was brought out and an employee rescued the child. The boy was critically injured after falling 16 feet and being bitten by the jaguars. He has since been released from the hospital.

An internal review by the city says that proper emergency procedures were followed in the case and that the jaguar exhibit complies with regulations.