About Jacksonville Zoo

Escape to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for the only walking safari in Northeast Florida. Discover the earth’s wildlife through interactive and educational experiences. A true family adventure, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is changing daily and is dedicated to consistently improving. With recent updates to Land of the Tiger and African Forest, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is quickly becoming a world-class establishment. The Zoo has something for everyone with more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 varieties of plants. Whether you are a visitor to Florida’s First Coast or a lifetime resident, we invite you to experience the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens through interactions with people, wildlife, and the environment.


Mission & Vision


Our mission is to foster understanding of the interaction of people, wildlife, and their environment by:

  • Creating experiences that engage our guests
  • Providing fun and innovative educational opportunities
  • Funding operations, expansion and programs through an entrepreneurial spirit with public and private partnerships
  • Instilling passion in the next generation as responsible stewards of the future


The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ Vision is, “Inspiring discovery and appreciation of the Earth’s wildlife through innovative experiences in a caring environment.”


American Association of Zoo Keepers

Leadership Team