2014 Veteran’s Day Special Admission Offer
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens extends its thanks to all military veterans with an invitation to visit the Zoo for FREE on Sunday, November 10 through Monday, November 11. Veterans can print the coupon below for one free general admission ticket good for these dates. Additional family members and guests must purchase admission at regular price. Please be prepared to show a form of military or veterans ID.
Click here to download coupon.
ZOOLights ZOObilee 2014
Join the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for ZOOLights ZOObilee, the family event that puts the “fun” in fundraiser!
Make ZOOLights ZOObilee your family tradition! Enjoy dinner, cocktails, crafts, music, animal encounters and pictures with Santa – plus priority admission into ZOOLights.
Experience the third annual ZOOLights from 6-10 p.m. Explore the illuminated Zoo, including shimmering winter forests, thousands of holiday lights, themed animal sculptures, and local artwork. Enjoy a nightly snowfall, live entertainment, s’mores, warm-weather ice skating, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus and more!
December 14th, 2014 4:00-6:30 p.m.
Adults $50, Children $25, Children under 3 free!
Purchase tickets by December 5th.
For more information: 904 757-4463 x 196
Call for Entries: Donor Plaza Redesign
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Donor Recognition Plaza Project
Request for Proposals
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Donor Recognition Plaza Project
Request for Proposals
Pre-proposal Conference and Cocktail Reception
Thursday August 14, 2014
5:30 – 7:00 PM
Zoo Main Entrance
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens intends to renovate the outdated Donor Recognition Plaza just to the right inside the main entrance, 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, Florida 32218. This area annotates significant Zoo donors. The Zoo is requesting proposals for concept designs from teams consisting of at least one senior architect and one Emerging Design Professional (EDP). Awards will be given for the top three designs. Upon selection of what it considers the best design, the Zoo intends to execute the design with its own resources, with input from the selected team.
Proposals Due October 1, 2014
Click here to download Zoo Donor Area RFP.
Click here to download Zoo Donor Area Submission Form.
Call For Artist Proposals - 2014 ZOOLights Event
Call For Artist Proposals - 2014 Zoo Lights Event
Proposals Due October 24, 2014
Orientation and Site Tour Monday October 13, 2014, 1:30 PM
ZOOLights December 12 - 14, 18 - January 3
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is soliciting artist proposals for creative projects in connection with the holiday season ZOOLights event held in December on the Zoo premises at 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, Florida 32218. The after dark ZOOLights event was held in 2012 and 2013 and included lighted animal forms and flora, some with movement, strings of light globes suspended from trees, costumed animal figures, dance and music. Also included were Florida themed holiday activities such as Santa in beach environment, suds snow, campfires with smores, ice skating and more!
Click here for Call to Artists.
Click here for Submission Form.
Click here for Agreement Form.
• September 29, 2014: Issue Call for Artist Proposals.
• October 24, 2014: Proposals due by end of business day.
• October 29, 2014: Notification of acceptance/decline.
• December 5, 2014: Install Elements complete.
• January 3, 2015: Uninstall and remove Elements complete
Volunteer at Spooktacular 2014
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens 27th annual Spooktacular event is creeping around the corner!
To help keep the tradition of being Jacksonville’s largest family friendly Halloween event, we are on the hunt for the best volunteer groups and individuals. As a Spooktacular volunteer, you can help assist with passing out candy, assisting guests with rides, pre-event preparation and dressing up as one of our many costumed characters! Do you see yourself as a salty pirate, a bubbly princess, or just an enchanted young lad/lass who refuses to grow up? If so, JZG’s Spooktacular event is the one for you!
Click here to sign up to be one of our many costumed main characters!
Any participant must be 14 years of age or older and must attend one (1) of our MANDATORY Spooktacular orientations held on:
Saturday, Oct. 4 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Thursday, Oct. 9 from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Monday, Oct. 13 from 6:00 PM -9:00 PM
Click here to sign up for an orientation session.
Some positions require auditions and/or specialized training:
Click here for Main Character Auditions and Dancing Thriller Zombie Training.
Thursday, Oct. 2 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Audition - Main Characters
Friday, Oct. 3 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Audition - Main Characters
Click here for Character Training and Scare Training.
Friday, Oct. 10 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Training - Main Characters
Saturday, Oct. 11 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Training - Main Characters
Tuesday, Oct. 14 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Training - Scare Zones
Thursday, Oct 16 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Training - Scare Zones & Main Characters
We are asking for Volunteers on:
Oct. 17-Oct. 19; 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Oct. 24-Oct. 26; 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Oct. 29-Nov. 1; 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
If you have any artistic ability that you would like to prominently display or just want to have fun, carvers, scoopers, and helpers are needed to make masterpieces out of thousands of Halloween essentials: pumpkins!
Carvers must be at least 15 years old and scoopers or helpers must be at least 10 years old with adult supervision.
Click here for Pumpkin Carver sign up!
Don’t be afraid to lend a hand! Be there…or beware!
This Halloween, don’t miss Jacksonville’s most magical celebration.
Get into the Halloween spirit at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens!
Spooktacular is a safe and exciting Halloween adventure for kids of all ages.
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is transformed into a family-friendly Enchanted Land with pirates, princesses and more. We also have three scare-zones including the Witch’s Lair, the Land of the Zombie and the all-new Dragon’s Cave.
Members - $8, Non-Members - $10
$1 Off When Purchased Online
Members can receive a $1 off admission if purchasing tickets at the gate with coupon.
Click Here to download.
For more information including times, FAQs and rules, Click Here.
Sculpture Exhibit 2014
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
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
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.
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.
Jacksonville Artists’ Guild Exhibit
In celebration of the Zoo’s 100-year anniversary, members of the Jacksonville Artists’ Guild have created 100 Zoo images for display in the Zoo’s Palm Plaza Café.
All images available for purchase for $100.
Please visit the Palm Plaza Café, located in Range of the Jaguar, to view these beautiful works of art.
2014 Endangered Species Day
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)
12:00—Bonobos (Great Apes)
12:20—Gorillas (Great Apes)
12:45—Jaguars (Range of the Jaguar)
1:15—Squirrel Monkey (Play Park)
3:15—Bear (Wild Florida)
3:25—Panther (Wild Florida)
2014 Mother’s Day Brunch & Special Admission Offer
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
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!
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
- 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.)
- Al Monte and Company’s Coming (10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Sunday, May 11th
- J Collins (12 p.m. - 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
- 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
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
December 4th is International Cheetah Day! Stop by the Africa Loop for conservation information and chats with keepers.
2013 Members Only Dinner and Movie
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
2013 Safe Kids Water Safety Day
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
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
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
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
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
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):
Must be at least 42” tall to ride.