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Lappet-faced Vulture “Chick” Update

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ first lappet-faced vulture chick is all grown up! As of Oct. 12, she will be 8 months old and independent from her parents—although, you may still see her stealing food from them on occasion.   Our lovely lady is no longer the little bundle we hand-fed a few months ago. As of early May, she weighed in at 13 pounds, only 2 pounds less than her mother. Lappets can weigh up to 30 pounds!     Despite her size, you can still... Read More
at 9/23/20
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Is Your Yard Hurricane Ready?

Living in the great state of Florida has many pros and cons.  During the summer, there’s time to go to the beach but you also have to make time to get your yard hurricane ready.  We’re not telling you to go ahead and board your windows up, but there are a few things you can do now to save time when a hurricane starts to swirl in the Atlantic.  There are some steps you can take when hurricane season begins, when an actual hurricane watch begins, and once the storm has... Read More
at 9/23/20
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The Bird Behind the Mustache

Since 2017, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has hatched 8 Inca tern chicks. Inca terns are medium-sized and somewhat colorful sea birds that are piscivores. Meaning, they primarily consume a variety of fish. When hunting for prey in the wild, they swoop down from the air to snatch small fish just below the water's surface. Here at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, their favorite fish are silversides. However, their favorite treat is a bug called the superworm.   Inca Tern Chicks ... Read More
at 7/29/20
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