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The Most Endangered Group of Mammals

When October comes around, people often think of fall, pumpkins and Halloween. However, there is another reason October is special. Every year on the last Friday in October, World Lemur Day is celebrated to raise awareness about lemur diversity and their incredible conservation needs! Madagascar is the only place in the world in which the over 111 species of lemur can be found in nature. Unfortunately, due to threats like bushmeat hunting, deforestation and the pet trade, every... Read More
at 10/22/21
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Showing Love for our Scaly Friends

October 21st is Reptile Awareness Day! This day was started to show some love for our scaly friends and how we can protect them. Reptiles are defined as vertebrate animals that include snakes, lizards, crocodiles, turtles, and tortoises. These animals are distinguished by having dry scaly skin and typically laying soft-shelled eggs on land. Reptiles cannot maintain a constant internal body temperature and are considered cold-blooded. They adjust their temperature with the environment by... Read More
at 9/20/21
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Help Protect Our Primate Relatives

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is home to many primates, and while they may have similar features, not all primates are the same. Key differences between them give us clues about their evolutionary history, and what is important for their care. Because primates are found throughout the world, different species face different challenges. So, what is a primate? WE are primates! Primates are a group of diverse mammals including lemurs, lorises, tarsiers, monkeys, apes and humans (a type of... Read More
at 9/1/21
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How Does the Zoo Feed More Than 2,000 Animals?

All the food that goes to any animal in the Zoo first goes through Jacksonville Zoo and Garden’s Animal Nutrition Center (ANC). The ANC is the area in which all food is stored and prepped for our animal meals. To put it simply, without this team, our animals wouldn’t eat. The ANC opens at 5 am every morning, and staff members are present almost every day until about 4 pm. The first part of the day is dedicated to putting diets out for keepers to pick up, as well as preparing... Read More
at 8/31/21
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