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Saving One of the Rarest Snakes in North America

Happy World Snake Day!  Snakes, just like all wildlife, are threatened by issues in the wild that affect their populations, but many do not recognize the needs of these unique creatures. We are proud to participate in the conservation of the Louisiana pine snake (LPS) and celebrate the release of four LPS into the wild on June 4, 2020 that we hatched right here at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens!    Photo by Cayle... Read More
at 7/16/20
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Manatee-Friendly Boating Tips

With summer heat in full-swing and our beautiful waterways offering a cool relief, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens would like to encourage boaters to keep a watchful eye out for manatees—especially during the busy Fourth of July weekend.   Here are some manatee-friendly boater tips: Slow down during water activities as much as possible Always follow posted speed zones Wear polarized sunglasses Stay in deep water channels whenever possible ... Read More
at 7/2/20
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Zoo Celebrates Bittersweet Vulture Hatching as Wild Population Suffers

For the first time in our history, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has welcomed a Lappet-faced vulture chick into the world! The female chick hatched to parents Kruger and Hathor, on February 12, 2020. They have been doting, loving parents to their new bundle of joy. Although the chick is still being brooded, at times the chick can be seen on exhibit when the parents are feeding it or changing brooding duties.    Vulture chick on... Read More
at 4/3/20
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Conservation of Striped Newts

Hello there! My name is Claire Chinery, and I am a Herpetology Keeper here at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Specifically, I work with our amphibians at the Amphibian Conservation Center at the Save the Frogs building, and today I'd like to tell you about some of the rarest members of our amphibian collection - striped newts! Striped newts live in Florida and Georgia, breed in temporary wetlands in sandy pine forests, and get their name from their handsome red stripes down their... Read More
at 3/18/20
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