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Grevy's Zebra Trust

The Grevy’s Zebra Trust (GZT) is an incredible, hardworking organization that not only combats the very challenging issues that wildlife face, but also brings an invaluable level of assistance to communities that share their home regions with wildlife. The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens began supporting the community-focused work of the GZT in 2014, and in January of this year, prior to COVID-19 restrictions, I was honored to attend the Great Grevy’s Rally of 2020 in Kenya! ... Read More
at 10/15/20
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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 holiday 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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