Alexandria Zoo is about an hour and a half north of here, it is good to drive up out of the swamps and bayous, we actually got excited to see rolling hills and even a couple of curves in the road!
The zoo has been there since 1926. The exhibits are built in and around old oak trees. The trails/walkways meander through the shade from one area to another.
There are the usual wild animals, tigers, bears, snakes that you can see in most zoos, but I liked the Louisiana Habitat best. In the Louisiana section you walk on shells by the 'bayou', there is an actual shrimp boat, oil derrick, lots of turtles, and of course some gators.
more pictures HERE