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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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SANCCOB – Rehabilitation and Conservation

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens recently had the opportunity to send two of our Penguin Keepers, Roxanne Fleming and myself (Larkin Johansen) , to Capetown, South Africa to assist with the rehabilitation and release of critically endangered seabirds. SANCCOB , The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds, started from humble beginnings almost 50 years ago and has evolved into an organization that responds to every oil spill along the entire southern African coastline.... Read More
at 2/24/20
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Saving America's Most Endangered Conifer

Torreya taxifolia , commonly called the Florida Torreya, is the most endangered conifer in North America. A conifer is a type of tree that reproduces via cones instead of flowers and are covered with needle-like leaves. Pine trees including Christmas trees are conifers, and the Florida Torreya is the rarest in North American conifers, being restricted to only a few counties in Florida and one county in Georgia near the Apalachicola River, just west of Tallahassee.   Florida... Read More
at 1/3/20
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