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January 2012 - Updates to Date

Jacksonville Zoo History 1914-2014
Featured January 2012
Alan F. Rost, Biological Programs Registrar and unofficial Zoo historian

Updates to Date

Since this series began, several new pieces of information have come to our attention or have been re-found.  Therefore, before moving forward, let’s take a look at some of this interesting information.

A couple of months ago I met a very nice lady at our Giraffe Overlook.  I learned that she was a member of the Broward family and had lived near the current Zoo location her whole life.  As we began talking, I learned that the current location of the Zoo was acquired from the Broward family who had held the land for several decades.  They had originally acquired it as part of a Spanish Land Grant.

We have been reminded that for at least some of her time at the Jacksonville Zoo “Miss Chic” the elephant was insured by Lloyds of London.

You will remember the name of William S. Cruzan as an important name in the Zoo’s early history.  His granddaughter recently contacted us to correct his death date.  The death date I had cited was his son’s, her father’s, another William S. Cruzan.  The Zoo’s William S. Cruzan died about a decade earlier.

Finally, we have a new frontrunner for longest held mammal species at the Jacksonville Zoo.  I had listed the Mandrill at ~72 years.  The new frontrunner is the Asian Elephant at ~74 years on Zoo grounds.  I still think the longest held mammal here is the Lion…if only we could prove it!  Can you help?  We’d love for you to (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) any proof of lions at the Jacksonville Zoo prior 1953 or other memories and facts!


Longest Resident Species - Featured December 2011
Late 1920s through the Early 1950s - Featured February 2012

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