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Alexandria Zoological Park (2012)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Alexandria, Rapides Parish, Louisiana, 31.2878246, -92.4593987

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2012-05-04

Duration: 00:05:45

Subjects: Alexandria Zoological Park | ZOOS | Animals | Wildlife | Endangered Species | Louisiana Pine Snake | Black bear | Red Wolf Recovery Project (U.S.) | Jaguar


  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • LaFleur, Donna Producer
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Photographer
  • Whitt, Leann Interviewee
  • Yerky, Laura Interviewee
  • Laskoski, Lisa Interviewee


This segment from the May 4, 2012, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features producer Donna LaFleur’s visit to the Alexandria Zoological Park. She talks to zoo director Leann Whitt about the zoo’s natural landscaping and an upcoming major renovation project for the Land of the Jaguar exhibit. LaFleur also speaks to zookeeper Laura Yerky about the history of the zoo’s two Louisiana black bears, Mike and Emily. She also interviews general curator Lisa Laskoski about the zoo’s participation in the Red Wolf Recovery Program and the unique characteristics of the red wolf. LaFleur’s tour of the zoo also includes footage of the Louisiana pine snake, lions, and several species of birds. This story is a part of the “Zooisiana” series. Host: Shauna Sanford