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Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo

847 Whittington Avenue

The alligator farm was founded in 1902 by Mr. H.L.Campbell and sold to Mr. Donny S.  Older between the years of 1902 and 1929. It was known as the Hot Springs " Gator " Farm with over 1500  alligator Missippians and a small museum.

The Alligator Farm was started because of the need for some type of tourist attraction due to the great  influx of  people who at this time came to take the Hot Thermal Baths,and there were no attractions other than the natural  resources. The reasoning behind the origination of the Alligator Farm was due to the fact that the alligators are  native and are found in South Arkansas between Hope and Texarkana in an area known as Grassy Lake.

In 1945, the farm was sold to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Bridges, Sr., and the name became The Arkansas Alligator  Farm with the addition of other animals such as monkeys, raccoons, big logger-head turtles, and a gift shop.In  1965, the farm was purchased by Jack Bridges, Jr. and his wife Sue who presently operate the attraction with  many added attractions such as a petting zoo with whitetail deer, ostrich, llamas, fallow deer, rheas, sheep, and  pygmy goats. Feed is furnished to feed animals. There are also raccoons,albino raccoon, several types of  primates, Arkansas mt. lions,  wild ducks,  other fowl, and a small museum. You can also pet a real live alligator  with the help of a highly trained alligator farm employee.


Tsandra Horton

Thursday, July 26, 2018
We had such a great time here! People were so friendly. They give you bread to feed the goats, sheeps, and donkeys, and one emu. They let you go into the fence with the goats, which are so friendly. You can pet them. Just be sure to feed them through the fence before you go in. We paid $5 for our son to feed the gators. And we all got to hold and take a picture with a baby one. There are also other animals there. Worth the money, which wasnt much. We loved it.

s/Kimberly Marie Dunnahoo

Thursday, June 14, 2018
Awful place for animals. They have about 10 enclosures for the animals, all being very small and not at all proper living conditions. There’s a raccoon in a 5x5 concrete cage, at least a dozen alligators together in a ridiculously small pool and concrete area, Wolfdogs in, again, a small enclosure with little to do, and various monkeys and even a poor big cat. There was only one employee out there and she was at the raccoon pen the entire time, so the kids there were yelling at the animals without any reprimand. There’s only a $5 fee (and ‘ban’) for throwing things (rocks, trash, etc) at the animals, which is completely ridiculous. The entire area should appropriately house 2 enclosures at most to adequately care for these animals. Don’t spend your money here. Spend money on an actual wildlife sanctuary.

Edith Musebe

Thursday, June 14, 2018
It was a wonderful experience for my son. Feeding the goats was the best. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Some people complain of the smell but to me its natural smell for animals off course they poop and pee 😀😀😀😀😀

Ricki Harrison

Thursday, July 19, 2018
Loved this place and the kids did too. Nice owner and his daughter. Gift shop, petting zoo & alligator holding

Hunter Young

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Beyond cool spot. Came down on vacation, and was kind of iffy because of all the bad reviews... But this place is amazing. Boyfriend used to have a lot of the animals they have, and everything they had was proper so I don't know why people are saying other wise. The two guys were amazing and friendly. Even gave my son a free alligator toy. Will definitely be back if we come down here again!

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