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2015 January Jackpot - Special Admission Offer

Date: Jan 02–31
Event Information:

It’s the January Jackpot!  In the month of January, 2015, come to the Zoo on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays and take advantage of special money-saving deals!

  • 2 For 1 Tuesdays - Buy one regularly priced adult ticket and receive one FREE general admission ticket when you bring in the coupon printed from below. Members get $1 off value bands!
    Valid January 6, 13, 20, 27.
  • WACKY Wednesdays - Spin our prize wheel for the chance to win 15-67% off general admission, free carousel or train rides, free giraffe feedings, free drinks, gift shop discounts, or our Grand Prize: 75% off general admission, free train rides, 25% off any Zoo food outlet, and 25% off at any Zoo gift shop!
    One spin per family. Prize winner will be given a coupon redeemable at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens location specified. Members who spin and receive a discount admission will get the chance to spin again. Valid January 7, 14, 21, 28
  • $3 Thursdays - Pay only $3 for general Zoo admission when you bring in the $3 coupon printed from below. Members get $1 off value bands!
    Valid January 8, 15, 22, 29. Not valid on New Year’s Day.
  • $5 Fridays - Pay only $5 general Zoo admission when you bring in the $5 coupon printed from below.
    Valid January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.


Each coupon is valid only on the dates indicated for up to two adults and all the children in a family. The discount cannot be combined with any other discount or offer, including Zoo Value Tickets, and can only be used once per transaction. 

2014 Noon Year’s Eve

Date: Dec 31
Event Information:

10:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.

On December 31st celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Zoo with our annual Noon Year’s Eve Celebration! We’ll count down the hours until 2015 with special entertainment including performances by Dalton Cyr, games, prizes, and an apple juice toast at noon.
Event is free with Zoo admission.
Sponsored by Jax4Kids.

Click here to download the flyer!

Chase Membership Discount

Date: Jan 12–31
Event Information:

Chase Employees and Chase Card Holders

Purchase or renew your membership January 12, 2015 - January 31, 2015 and receive 10% off. The first 1,000 members to purchase or renew will also receive 1 FREE ticket to “Sea Lion Splash”, the Zoo’s new exciting and educational sea lion experience.

For a full list of membership levels and benefits, visit our membership page.

Memberships must be purchased in person at the Zoo’s Membership Office. Chase Employees -  employee I.D. must be shown to receive discount. Chase credit/debit card holders - membership must be purchased using your Chase card to receive discount. Free Sea Lion Splash ticket is available to the first 1,000 members only. One ticket per purchase. Discounts may not be combined.

Call 904-757-4463 ext. 114 or email (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

2014 ZOOLights

Date: Dec 12–03
Event Information:

December 12 - 14 & December 18 - January 3 Closed Christmas Day
Monday - Thursday:  6:00 pm. To 9:30 p.m.
Friday through Sunday:  6:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Please note: The Zoo closes at 5:00 p.m. and will re-open for ZOOLights at 6:00 p.m.

Cost: $10/Non-Members; $8/Members

Save $1 on admission by buying your tickets online! Purchase tickets here!

Celebrate the holiday season and create a family tradition admiring the sparkling lights and brilliant hues at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ Third Annual ZOOLights event. Thousands of LED lights will transform the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens into a luminous winter wonderland filled with moving sculptures, forests of lighted trees and animal silhouettes. Guests will have the opportunity to view sculptures and performances by local artists including students at UNF and JU, yarn bombing by Yarn Bomb Jax, and a train display by the First Coast Model Railroad Society in our Discovery Center in Play Park. In addition to walking among the thousands of lights strung throughout the Zoo, guests can enjoy a unique view of ZOOLights by boarding the Zoo’s lighted train. Guests can also enjoy carousel rides, the 4-D Theater Ride featuring the Polar Express, marshmallow roasting,  warm weather “ice” skating and more!

Extras(Not included in ticket price)
Train: $2/adult, $1/child (3-12)
Sea Lion Splash:$2.50/member, $3.50/non-member
Carousel: $1 per person
Stingray Bay: $1 per person
4-D Theater: $3/members, $4/non-members
“Warm Weather” Ice Skating: $4/members, $5/non-members
Glow sticks: $1 per glow stick
3D Glasses: $2
Marshmallows: 4 for $1, Roasting Stick is .25 cents
S’mores Kit: $3.50 (includes marshmallows, grahams, chocolates and stick)

Click here for a schedule of nightly entertainment!

Frequently Asked Questions
What time should I get there?
ZOOLights opens at 6:00 p.m. and closes at 9:30 p.m. on Monday-Friday and 10:00 p.m. on Friday-Sunday.
The gates for ZOOLights will close 1 hour prior to the stated closing time. The last Train will run 30 minutes prior to closing. Activity lines will also close at this time.

What is the best way to see ZOOLights?
ZOOLights is best seen experienced when you take the Illuminated Train Ride from the front of the Zoo to the back and then walk back up towards the front stopping in the Great Lawn for s’mores, Santa and skating and then stopping in Play Park for model trains and nightly entertainment.

What animals will be on exhibit during ZOOLights?
Many of the animals will be sleeping inside, however the giraffes, jaguars, and Lost Temple reptiles and primates will be open for guest viewing. There will be a Sea Lion Splash Presentation every night at 7:15 as well.

Is ZOOLights handicap accessible?
All ZOOLights venues are handicap accessible; however, the bouncy house at the Fairground area may not be appropriate for some guests.

I am buying a ticket online. Where do I select the date I want to attend ZOOLights?
Tickets are good for any one night of ZOOLights. You do not have to select a specific date when purchasing your ticket.

Are skates included in the price of “warm weather” ice skating?
Yes! Skates are included in price of ice skating. Socks will be available for purchase at the rink. Each skating ticket is good for 15 minutes on the “ice”.

Don’t see your questions? Click here to view more on our FAQ page!

Interested in volunteering for ZOOLights? Click here to find out more!

Sculpture Exhibit 2014

Date: Sep 26–31
Event Information:

The history of the Zoo expressed through sculpture.

In honor of Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ 100 year anniversary, local artists have created beautiful pieces of art which commemorate milestones in the Zoo’s history. The Northeast Florida Sculptors worked with various mediums to bring the rich history of the zoo to life.

These sculptures will be exhibited in the Bamboo Gardens until the end of the year.

Conservation Lecture: Fertile Soil for Future Conservationists

Date: Jun 30
Event Information:

Featuring John Andrews,
Avian Ecologist, Illinois Natural History Survey Wildlife Veterinary Epidemiology Lab

Monday, 30 June, 6 - 7 p.m.
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ Pepsi Co. Education Campus

Join us to hear John Andrews share how the Jacksonville Zoo influenced his life and career as a world traveling ornithologist. John began attending zoo camps at the age of 6 for 8 years. Once old enough, he began volunteering in all zoological departments until being hired as a keeper in 2004. He earned his Bachelors at UF and his Masters at the University of Illinois. He has worked on field conservation projects on four continents. 

This event is free of charge.

25th Annual Bowling for Rhinos

Date: Jun 20–21
Event Information:

25th Annual Bowling for Rhinos!

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK) is holding its 25th annual Bowling for Rhinos event on Friday, June 20th and Saturday, June 21st at the Batt Family Fun Center on 1838 Cassat Avenue at 7 p.m. Registration begins at 6 p.m. A $25 registration fee includes three games of bowling and shoe rental. There is a $10 registration fee for non-bowlers.  One Hundred percent of the proceeds from the event go directly to three rhino sanctuaries.

Click here to download the registration form. You can either mail in the form or bring it to the event. Advanced registration is recommended.

Help save the rhinos by donating!

What is an AAZK Chapter?
An AAZK chapter is a local branch of the national American Association of Zoo Keepers organization. Our chapter is made up of a group of dedicated individuals committed to helping captive and wild animals.

Bowling Rhino

What is Bowling for Rhinos?
Each year the Jacksonville Zoo AAZK chapter sponsors a fundraising bowl-a-thon called Bowling for Rhinos (BFR).  The members involved collect sponsors and bowl three games.
Over 70 chapters nationwide hold BFR events and raise over $250,000 annually.  100% of the money goes to help endangered rhinos and their ecosystems.

Where does the Money go that is raised in the Bowling for Rhinos Event?
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (LWC) in Kenya Africa
Ujung Kulon National Park in Java, Indonesia
Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park in Sumatra, Indonesia

The money sent to these parks not only help to protect the rhinos, but entire ecosystems.

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (Kenya, Africa)
This sanctuary in Kenya includes 62,000 protected acres with a 2 meter tall electric fence.  This area protects not only Black and White Rhinos, but also over 75 other mammals such elephants, cheetahs, and zebras. More than 350 bird species utilize the conservancy along with numerous rare plant species.

Ujung Kulon National Park (Java, Indonesia)
This park includes 300 square miles of area and is home to some of the rarest and most endangered plants and animals on earth.  The last of the Javan rhinos reside here, with less than 60 remaining!

Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park (Sumatra, Indonesia)
This national park includes 3,568 square km of protected area and is believed to have one of the largest populations of Sumatran rhinos.  This park also protects other endangered animals such as clouded leopards, tigers and Asian Elephants.

How much money has been raised?
Since 1990 the American Association of Zoo Keepers “Bowling for Rhinos” (BFR) has raised over $450,000 annually.  To date, the Jacksonville AAZK Chapter has raised over $70,000.
All money is raised entirely by volunteer efforts of zoo staff members across the country.


2014 Endangered Species Day

Date: May 16
Event Information:

Join the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. as we celebrate Endangered Species Day.  Our endangered animals will receive special enrichment all day.

9:00 – Warthog (Africa)
9:30—Lions (Africa)
11:00—Leopard (Africa)
12:00—Bonobos (Great Apes)
12:20—Gorillas (Great Apes)
12:45—Jaguars (Range of the Jaguar)
1:15—Squirrel Monkey (Play Park)
1:45—Komodo (Asia)
3:15—Bear (Wild Florida)
3:25—Panther (Wild Florida)


2014 Mother’s Day Brunch & Special Admission Offer

Date: May 11
Event Information:

Join us for Mother’s Day Brunch from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. featuring a delicious brunch buffet, a visit from Jazoo, live animal encounters and an activity for children. Pre-registration is required for Mother’s Day Brunch.

  • Adults: Members $24.95; Non-members $28.95
  • Children: Members $9.95; Non-members $12.95

Pricing does not include zoo admission.
Please reserve by Wednesday, May 7, by calling 904-757-4463 ext 200.

Also! Celebrate Mom with free admission. Mom gets in free with a BOGO offer with the coupon. Special admission offer sponsored by Wells Fargo.

Click here for the Mother’s Day Coupon!

100 Year Birthday Celebration

Date: May 10–11
Event Information:

2014 is a very special year for the Zoo. Not only did we open a brand new tiger exhibit this year, but we turn 100 years old! We’d like to invite YOU to help us celebrate!

Join us on May 10th and 11th to celebrate out 100th birthday! Activities include bounce houses and activities on the Great Lawn, entertainment, animal encounters, live music, conservation information, crafts and animal encounters!

We hope to see you there!

Entertainment Schedule

Saturday, May 10th
Great Lawn Dance Performances (1 p.m. - 4 p.m.)
- South African dance demonstration provided by Jacksonville Centre of the Arts
- Bollywood dance demonstration provided by Bollywood Dance Mania
- South African dance and Zumbatonic demonstration provided by Zumbajear

Orchid Pavilion
- LaVilla Symphony Concert Band (12 p.m. - 1 p.m.)
- Jukebox 337 (11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m., 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.)

Play Park
- Al Monte and Company’s Coming (10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

Sunday, May 11th
Great Lawn
- J Collins (12 p.m. - 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Orchid Pavilion
- Mondo Mike and the Po Boys with Spice (12 p.m. - 5 p.m.)

- Al Monte and Company’s Coming (11 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

2014 World Penguin Day

Date: Apr 25
Event Information:

Join the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Zoo’s Tuxedo Coast exhibit to celebrate World Penguin Day! Guests can enjoy learning about penguins and participating in some fun penguin activities including the opportunity to see penguins up close and chat with their keepers. World Penguin Day is a celebration that coincides with the annual northern migration of penguins.

International Cheetah Day

Date: Dec 04
Event Information:

December 4th is International Cheetah Day! Stop by the Africa Loop for conservation information and chats with keepers.

2013 Members Only Dinner and Movie

Date: May 17
Event Information:

It’s our way of saying ‘Thank You’ to our members for all of their wonderful support of the Zoo. Join us from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. for food, fun and a movie on an outdoor movie screen on the Great Lawn at this exclusive night for members only. Don’t forget to bring lawn chairs or a blanket to sit down and enjoy the movie! Ticket includes dinner and the movie. Event will occur rain or shine. Pre-registration is required.

Please call 904-757-4463 Ext 200 to register. Deadline to register is Friday, May 3, 2012.

Cost: $12.95 per member

Sponsored by

2013 Safe Kids Water Safety Day

Date: Apr 27
Event Information:

Join us from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Play Park to raise awareness of water safety.  There will be activities, prizes, safety tips, entertainment, and a visit from Jazoo. Children can also cool off in the Splash Ground at Play Park.

Also! While you’re here, check out the 2013 Earth Day - Party for the Planet with a Special Admission Offer!

2013 ExZOOberation - Annual Zoo Fundraiser

Date: Apr 13
Event Information:

6:30 p.m.–11:30 p.m.

A casual, adult evening fundraiser to benefit the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, ExZOOberation, now in its 18th year, is one of Jacksonville’s premier events, raising in excess of $2.5 million for the care and feeding of the animals, educational programs and conservation initiatives. Please call (904) 757-4463 ext. 196 to purchase tickets.

2013 Spring DINO Zoo Camp - Jax Zoo Edu

Date: Mar 25–29
Event Information:

This spring, journey back in time with the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens as we study DINOSAURS along with their modern-day relatives! Each day of our archaeological adventure will include up-close and hands-on encounters with our Education Animal Ambassadors, Zoo tours, animal crafts and hands-on activities. 

Camps: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Extended Care available for additional fee; 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Cost: $175/week/student - member;
$200/week/student - non-member
$50/week for extended care registration

For details and registration, click here.

DinoTrek Grand Opening

Date: Mar 01–03
Event Information:

Although once believed to be extinct, a new generation of dinosaurs has been found onsite at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens! Venture through the DinoTrek exhibit to get up close and personal with over seventeen different species of dinosaur.

Grand Opening festivities on March 1-3, from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., will include prize drawings, live entertainment, and more. DinoTrek will be open from March 1-June 30, 2013.

DinoTrek Members Only Preview

Date: Feb 26–27
Event Information:

Members, get a sneak-peak at the ALL-NEW exhibit, DinoTrek! For two days only, from 1:00-6:00 p.m., visit DinoTrek for FREE and see the exhibit before the public. DinoTrek admission limited to the number of people included on your membership.

4-D Experience - Happy Feet

Date: Jan 01
Event Information:

Don’t miss the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ 4-D ride!

You’ll love the thrills, chills, and excitement of this all new, all-senses experience.

The Happy Feet 4-D Ride Experience has returned!

4-D Ride (per ride):
$4.00 non-member
$3.00 member
Must be at least 42” tall to ride.

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