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May 2012 - Questions, Questions, Questions

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

Questions, Questions, Questions

Let’s take a little break from our Zoo history series and ask some of the questions that are out there floating around about our Zoo’s history that we have yet to solve or answer.  Some of these questions we have already mentioned and some we haven’t.

Lions are almost certainly one of our longest held mammal species but we have very few records of them prior 1977.  Our first record is of the birth of two lion cubs in May 1928.  There does seem to be some indication that we may have had a lion cub donated to the Zoo as early as 1915.  Does anyone have any lion history, pictures, etc that you could share that comes from prior to 1980?  There is a lot of blank space to fill-in.

“Miss Chic” the elephant is said to be buried on Zoo grounds.  I have talked with someone who worked here at the time of her death in 1963 and he believes that she was buried on Zoo grounds.  Does anyone know where?

Was there some kind of research going on at our Zoo during WW II and if so what was it?

There persists a rumor that this Zoo at one time held a Malayan Tapir, the big black and white tapir species.  It is very doubtful that we have held one since 1977, but the records before 1977 are not complete.  The most likely period if we did hold one would probably be sometime between 1950 and 1976.  Can any of you help shed some light on this question?

We are reputed to have had penguins for a very short time during the 1960s.  They didn’t do well and the survivors are reputed to have been moved to a Central Florida facility.  No obvious Central Florida facility has a record of any such penguins.  Did we have penguins during the 1960s?  When during the 1960s?  What kind of penguins?  And where did the survivors go?  Does anyone have any pictures of these penguins?

Just a few of the outstanding questions we would like to know more about, even if what you have to tell us is that we have it all wrong. If you have any information, pictures or photos about the Jacksonville Zoo during this timeframe that you would like to share, (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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