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Our Annual Visit from Nesting Wood Storks

The wood stork, Mycteria americana, the only stork native to North America, has been a recurring visitor at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens since the early 1990s. Visits from this species increased both in numbers and frequency since then. Wood storks are large, wading birds found throughout North and South America. This is the only species of stork that is native to North America and breeding rookeries can be found throughout Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. Wood storks are listed as... Read More
at 6/7/21
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Giant Otter Pups Make Their Public Debut

  Photos by John Reed By Katie Long, Mammal Keeper   Last year on October 16, giant otter Sarave gave birth to three pups: two girls and one boy. Their names were chosen by donors through our Toast to Conservation event. Meet Annie, Ken, and the other female who patiently waits for her name! They join our very dynamic and charismatic family of Buddy (dad), Sarave (mom), and their four siblings born in June 2019: Eleanor, Aiden, Olivia, and Coker.  It’s... Read More
at 3/23/21
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Bongo Herd Grows by Two

  Photo by Kori Odum, Mammal Keeper   By Allison Liu, Bird Keeper Help us welcome the newest residents to Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Two eastern bongo females were born in the last two months: one on December 17 and the other on January 8. Both calves are fathered by our one male, Mickey. All our bongos are first-time parents and have done a wonderful job caring for their growing family. You can see our new additions to the Zoo along the Africa loop. Eastern bongos... Read More
at 1/26/21
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Lusia the Manatee Release

What better way to recognize Manatee Awareness Month than by releasing a manatee back into the wild?  We successfully released Lusia the manatee in Daytona Beach on November 19 after she spent three months here in rehabilitation. She's our third release in 2020 and 16th total since the opening of the Manatee Critical Care Center. Staff estimated her to be around 4 years old due to her size, weighing 713 pounds at her release. Lusia was rescued on Aug. 22 when she was found... Read More
at 11/20/20
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