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May 2011 - Most Important Zoo Dates

Jacksonville Zoo History 1914-2014
Featured May 2011
Alan F. Rost, Biological Programs Registrar and unofficial Zoo historian

What are the most important dates in Jacksonville Zoo history?

12 May 1914 – the Zoo is founded near Third and Broad Streets along Hogan’s Creek in the Springfield area of Jacksonville just north of Downtown.

19 July 1925  – the Zoo moves and opens, with a Museum of Natural History, at its current location.  Part of Heckscher Drive had to be completed for this opening.

30 June 1955  – the Municipal Zoo is established as an independent City Department.

21 June 1971  – The new Jacksonville Zoological Society, formed earlier in 1971, takes over the Zoo’s operation.  This continues to today.

1 September 1987  – Jacksonville Zoological Park is accredited by the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums (AAZPA)

1 June 2004  – Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is recognized by the City of Jacksonville as a Botanical Gardens

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Before there was a Zoo - Featured June 2011

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