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Celebrating National Pig Day

  Photo by Jackie Schweigerdt, Mammal Keeper   By Allison Liu, Bird Keeper   Monday, March 1 is National Pig Day! Here at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens we have three species of wild pigs in the family Suidae that will be celebrated. The first pigs you might see at our Zoo are the warthogs . Warthogs get their name from the thick protective pads (or “warts”) that appear on both sides of their head. These are used to defend their faces when... Read More
at 2/25/21
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Help the Green Grass Grow

  By Jen Best, Horticulture Supervisor It’s that time of year when the warmer weather is drawing us out in the yard—and the lawn seems to be the first thing on the list of chores.  Here are few tips to save money and water on your lawn before the heat sets in.   Fertilizer First: Wait a month. Everyone gets the spring itch to get out in the yard and start spreading the love.  Studies are showing that lawns are still dormant in March, so you should... Read More
at 2/25/21
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Bongo Herd Grows by Two

  Photo by Kori Odum, Mammal Keeper   By Allison Liu, Bird Keeper Help us welcome the newest residents to Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Two eastern bongo females were born in the last two months: one on December 17 and the other on January 8. Both calves are fathered by our one male, Mickey. All our bongos are first-time parents and have done a wonderful job caring for their growing family. You can see our new additions to the Zoo along the Africa loop. Eastern bongos... Read More
at 1/26/21
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Ah, Winter~

By Jennifer Best, Horticulture Supervisor   I LOVE this time of year.  Yes, this most-perennials-turn-brown-and-crispy time of year.  It’s a good time for letting Mama Nature cull the weak.  If you want a low maintenance yard, then a mild winter like this should not worry you or your plants one bit. Yes, some may turn brown,  but that’s what perennials do naturally—they need a little dormancy time (a little rest so they can come back next year... Read More
at 1/26/21
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