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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... Read More
at 12/21/21
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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 wild... Read More
at 12/20/21
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Protecting Jags in South America with the Help of Locals

It is no surprise the jaguar, a powerhouse of the big cats, was chosen through a fan contest as our own NFL team’s mascot in 1991. Today the jaguar is a part of the Jacksonville identity. But we are not alone; the jaguar is an iconic symbol of the wild for South America and Mexico, celebrated as a symbol of power.  Like all traits of this magnificent creature, their eye structure makes them perfectly suited for spotting prey in the dark and in the daylight. As the largest cat... Read More
at 11/24/21
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A Plant that Can Lose 97 Percent of its Moisture?

The resurrection fern is one of my favorite plants.  It frequently looks like dead moss coating the upper side of trees, such as live oaks. A few hours after a nice rain, it turns into a lush verdant green coat growing on those same trees. Resurrection ferns do no harm to trees and are not parasitic. They provide their own nutrients from the air and moisture on tree branches. Currently, they are even under scientific investigation for various medicinal and cosmetic benefits. ... Read More
Posted by Emily Long at 11/23/21
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