Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo in United States


Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo
Typezoo

Owner
Size80-acre (32 ha)
Total nrs500
Number of animals500
Address 1405 Bernstein Park Rd
Zip-code 71202
Place Monroe
StateLouisiana
Country United States
Website Website
Telephone(318) 329-2138

Directors

Key People

Veterinarians

Elephant department

Head keepers
of elephants
1977-1999: Solomon James
(elephant head-keeper)

Elephant keepers
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Description

Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo, located at 1405 Bernstein Park Rd, in Monroe, Louisiana, United States .


Comments / picturesThe original name of the Louisiana Purchase Gardens Zoo was Bernstein Park Zoo, named after Mayor Arnold Bernstein who was Mayor of Monroe in 1919 until his death in 1937.

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.



Solomon James passed away on March 9 at the age of 69. He spent over two decades caring for Shirley the Elephant, who spent a large portion of her life at the Louisiana Purchase Zoo and Gardens in Monroe.

Born in Franklin Parish, James and his family relocated to Monroe when he was 11. He attended Robinson Elementary School and graduated from Richwood High School. He joined the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo in 1973. Over the next 22 years, James became Shirley the Elephant\'s principal keeper and caregiver. He remained in that capacity until her retirement to the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee in 1999.

References for records about Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2021). Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=252. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo on elephant-news.com

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2022-03-16Longtime caregiver for shirley the elephant, solomon james, dies at 69 - Elephant News


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