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Beautifying the Parking Lot

In November, our horticulture team began planting trees in our newly renovated parking lot. The City of Jacksonville Tree Commission awarded us with a Tree Planting Program Grant in October, and our plan includes 246 trees representing 13 species. Of the 13 species, 12 are native to north Florida and one is a non-native Florida Friendly species.    As of December, we have planted 56 cabbage palms, 12 sand live oaks, 12 yaupon hollies and 12 vitex.  Trees st... Read More
at 12/21/21

Remembering Athena the Bald Eagle

It is with great sadness we share the passing of Athena, one of our bald eagles at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Athena was humanely euthanized earlier this month due to a worsening condition while being treated for an eye injury. She arrived here in 1988 and has been recorded as being the second oldest bald eagle in an AZA institution. Bald eagles have an average lifespan of 20 years in the wild, while Athena was estimated to be 40 years old! However, she was a fully grown wil... Read More
at 12/20/21