Seal of Little Rock

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019

City of Little Rock Public Relations
Office (501) 371-4421

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Contact(s): L. Lamor Williams

Zoo, Hiland Dairy Announce Annual Sponsorship & Invites Public to Sophie’s 50th Birthday Bash at the Zoo

Today Hiland Dairy announced its annual support of the Little Rock Zoo. Hiland Dairy has been a major sponsor, cheerleader and overall supporter of the Little Rock Zoo for several years. Hiland is known for its support of an annual Hiland Dairy Dollar Day at the Zoo held each summer as well as its support of several Zoo events such as Boo at the Zoo and Wild Wines. Hiland also provides in-kind product for the Zoo’s Café Africa as well as in-kind product for Zoo special events and programs. The family based company has provided more than half-a-million in support for the Little Rock Zoo over the years.

"We really value our partnership with the Zoo,” said Hiland Dairy’s CEO Mike Flagg. “It's just such a fun and positive experience for families."

The Zoo also announced that it will be hosting a 50th birthday celebration for Sophie the elephant this Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m., at the Little Rock Zoo’s elephant yard. Guests will be invited to hide treats for the elephants to enjoy in celebration of Sophie! Guests will then be invited to enjoy birthday cake while supplies last.

The events of the day will be as follows:

  • 1:00 - Guests are able to make enrichment bags and hide in the elephant yard.
  • 1:30 - Guests will exit the elephant yard and Sophie will be released to find her birthday treats while guests enjoy a keeper chat and birthday cake.

The cost for this morning of fun is included in the regular Zoo admission prices and members are always free! Come out to play, make enrichment items, learn about our Asian elephants, and enjoy a birthday treat.  Love your Little Rock Zoo! 

To learn more about Sophie’s Birthday Bash, please contact

About the Zoo

The Little Rock Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.  Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you and a better future for all living things.  With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.  For more information, visit