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Showing Love for our Scaly Friends

October 21st is Reptile Awareness Day! This day was started to show some love for our scaly friends and how we can protect them. Reptiles are defined as vertebrate animals that include snakes, lizards, crocodiles, turtles, and tortoises. These animals are distinguished by having dry scaly skin and typically laying soft-shelled eggs on land. Reptiles cannot maintain a constant internal body temperature and are considered cold-blooded. They adjust their temperature with the environment by... Read More
at 9/20/21
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Help Protect Our Primate Relatives

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is home to many primates, and while they may have similar features, not all primates are the same. Key differences between them give us clues about their evolutionary history, and what is important for their care. Because primates are found throughout the world, different species face different challenges. So, what is a primate? WE are primates! Primates are a group of diverse mammals including lemurs, lorises, tarsiers, monkeys, apes and humans (a type of... Read More
at 9/1/21
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Protecting the Armored Giants

Come celebrate World Rhino Day on September 22 nd with our three southern white rhinoceroses at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens!  World Rhino Day celebrates all five species of rhinoceroses. Three of the five are critically endangered, meaning they are at a high risk of extinction in the wild. Although the southern white rhinoceroses you can find at the Zoo are not one of the three critically endangered, they are still near threatened and have around 18,000 individuals, including the... Read More
at 8/24/21
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Garden Folk Magic with Bottle Trees

Seeing strange things in your garden? Things that go bump in the night? Well, maybe it’s time to mix some old-time-southern-folk-magic with whimsical-garden-art and get a bottle tree. From fancy models made of welded metal to just old trees, the variety and type are only limited by the imagination… Bottle trees are just that: either a tree, stake, or tree-like shape festooned with glass bottles. The bottles can be any shape or size and can be hung or attached neck down with... Read More
at 7/20/21
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