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Title: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: Metro Jacksonville on June 26, 2009, 04:56:09 AM
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

(http://photos.metrojacksonville.com/photos/567011467_s5LSH-M.jpg)

In January 1916 the city zoo in Springfield Park consisted of two deer, two wildcats, two coyotes, one black bear, five monkeys, five silver foxes, a whole lot of rabbits and some Guinea hens, cranes and squirrels.

Since then, the Jacksonville Zoo has come a long way.

Full Article
http://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2009-jun-jacksonville-zoo-and-gardens
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: Keith-N-Jax on June 26, 2009, 05:45:34 AM
You know I just went to the Zoo a few weeks ago. It really has come along way. They have a new sting ray habitat also, not sure how new it is, but it wasnt there when I was there last. The Zoo's landscaping is top of the line. Trout River Plaza is very nice and new Asian area. I am proud of the Jacksonville Zoo. Certainly a positive for the city.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: Hurricane on June 26, 2009, 06:47:29 AM
Out of sight, out of mind.  I keep forgetting about the JAX Zoo.  Definitely planning a visit now, thanks for the reminder...
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: heights unknown on June 26, 2009, 07:19:07 AM
Wow...I wanna go!  I was with my Grandmother in Jasper, Florida and in second grade when we made a trip to the Jacksonville zoo; this was a loooooong time ago and I won't tell what year; but I barely even remember what the zoo was like but I remember us going.

Heights Unknown
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: copperfiend on June 26, 2009, 07:21:45 AM
Every out of towner I have brought to the zoo in the last few years absolutely loves it.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: thelakelander on June 26, 2009, 08:13:59 AM
Great article!  Jacksonville has a top rate zoo.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: Cliffs_Daughter on June 26, 2009, 08:48:43 AM
I took my son there on Monday for his birthday - it was GREAT! He was a little upset that they didn't show zebras this week, but overall it was a very lovely place. Exhibits looked in beautiful shape, landscaping was very nice, and we even got to feed the giraffe!
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: Jason on June 26, 2009, 09:02:21 AM
Fantastic tour and history MJ!!!  Very well done!!

I've been 3 or 4 times in the past year or two and still want to go back for more.  The changes that the Zoo has gone through in the last 10 years is astonishing.  The Oriental Gardens, kids play park, and the Trout River Plaza are all fantastic.  And I've said this before, the Range of the Jaguar exhibit is second to none.  Anyone who hasn't been to the zoo in the last 3 years is missing a lot.

The only things I see becomming a potential thorn for the zoo is the aging wooden boardwalk system and the lack of substantial expansion room.  Within the next fews years the boardwalk will likely need an overhaul and without a whole lot of room to grow, the zoo may face some limitation on the types of exhibits it can include. 

Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: adamh0903 on June 26, 2009, 09:16:19 AM
My wife and I took our daughter to the zoo a month or so ago. It was the first time we had been in probably 20 years. I was blown away. Its first class all the way around. If you havent been in a while. Go!
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: copperfiend on June 26, 2009, 09:21:56 AM
I would like to see them do something with the gorilla exhibit. It is depressing.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: Deuce on June 26, 2009, 09:33:33 AM
Love the zoo. It's one of the things this city has gotten right. The new Asian gardens and Komodo dragon exhibit are spectacular. We're scoping the zoo as a possible place to get married. I hope they'll figure out a solution to expansion as I would love to see this zoo continue to grow and add more exhibits.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: Keith-N-Jax on June 26, 2009, 10:01:24 AM
I would like to see them do something with the gorilla exhibit. It is depressing.

Something like what,, any ideas, just curious?
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: copperfiend on June 26, 2009, 10:31:40 AM
Get more gorillas.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: blizz01 on June 26, 2009, 10:52:11 AM
I've plugged this before in other threads - If you arrive by boat, admission is free.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: copperfiend on June 26, 2009, 10:54:28 AM
Also, for anybody that does go. Go out the dock in the back. When I was there last summer there were manatees in the river.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: BridgeTroll on June 26, 2009, 11:55:08 AM
That might be a great expansion idea for the zoo... a manatee rescue enclosure.  Wounded or hurt manatees are brought to the zoo where they can stay in native habitat yet be fed and rehabbed from boat injuries all while people observe from the dock.  Of course you then sell manatee hats, pins, soft drinks, and various other worthless baubles to the enthralled crowds... 8)
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: Shwaz on June 26, 2009, 11:58:51 AM
That might be a great expansion idea for the zoo... a manatee rescue enclosure.  Wounded or hurt manatees are brought to the zoo where they can stay in native habitat yet be fed and rehabbed from boat injuries all while people observe from the dock.  Of course you then sell manatee hats, pins, soft drinks, and various other worthless baubles to the enthralled crowds... 8)

^Great idea^

I said it beofre and still think a thrill ride would be a great addition to the zoo.

Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: copperfiend on June 26, 2009, 12:04:32 PM
The Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa had a great manatee exhibit last time I was there. We could do that here.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: shanshan1218 on June 26, 2009, 03:28:47 PM
I took my son in March for his birthday. I personally had not been in about 2 years. I was amazed at how much it has grown up! I love it!!
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: Tripoli1711 on June 26, 2009, 10:42:39 PM
Did you all see how many people were on that train?  See.... passenger rail can definitely work in Jacksonville!
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: I-10east on June 27, 2009, 02:54:49 AM
I'm surprised that people aren't saying things like......

"The Jax zoo needs more walkability, and I hate that massive sea of concrete in the front! The Bronx, and SD Zoos has some upscale selections of Louis Vuitton bags in their souvenir shops; Why not Jax! I hate the gauge of track on Jax Zoo's train ride; It's too small! The animals at JZ are too lazy, and alot of times you can't even see them". LOL! :)

On the real, it's good to see that people are positive about the Zoo; I think that it's definitely underrated.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: Keith-N-Jax on June 27, 2009, 09:14:20 PM
Credit is given where credit has been earned.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: oreo0579 on June 27, 2009, 10:12:42 PM
1. I have an annual membership which I enjoy using often.
2. The zoo's website states their size as 120 acres.
3. I-10 East - The animals may seem lazy to you, but most of them natually rest/sleep during the heat of the day. Consider changing the time of your visit next time.
4. Another plus for our community: Over 90,000 school children visit the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens each year
either on teacher- led field trips or to participate in formal education programs at the PepsiCo Education Campus.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: I-10east on June 28, 2009, 12:28:01 PM
^^^I was just joking, the animals are fine; I was just imitating the pessimistic (some not all) MetroJax members. I'm sorry that I confused you. :)
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: jaxlore on June 29, 2009, 12:46:29 PM
i will admit whoever does the advertising for the zoo on I-95 rocks, rest of jax businesses need to take notice.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: Shwaz on June 29, 2009, 01:36:20 PM
i will admit whoever does the advertising for the zoo on I-95 rocks, rest of jax businesses need to take notice.

I liked the billboard with one of the Jaguars on a leather couch that read "don't make us bring the zoo to you" :o
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: Lunican on July 09, 2009, 04:18:54 PM
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It's a boy! Zoo welcomes birth of baby giraffe
The male calf was born Tuesday night

(http://jacksonville.com/files/imagecache/story_slideshow_thumb/editorial/images/additional/86/met_15BabyGiraffe070.jpg)
RICK WILSON/The Times-Union

The baby did not take to the physical exam easily. It bleated loudly and struggled when the handlers first got ahold of it. And it took three of them — one around its neck, two wrapping up its legs — to finally hold it still enough for the veterinarian to step in and begin his work.

Of course, the baby was less than two days old.

Jacksonville Zoo and Garden’s latest arrival is a giraffe, born Tuesday evening. At its first exam Thursday morning, veterinarian Nick Kapustin put on his glove, stuck his hand in, felt around and made the pivotal announcement: “It’s a male,” he said.

http://jacksonville.com/lifestyles/2009-07-09/story/its_a_boy_zoo_welcomes_birth_of_baby_giraffe
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: Jason on July 09, 2009, 04:33:27 PM
Cool stuff.

I can't get enough of the Zoo.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: copperfiend on July 09, 2009, 05:08:42 PM
I am going to Zoo Atlanta this weekend. We get half price admission because we are Jax Zoo members.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: stephElf on July 09, 2009, 05:12:29 PM
ADORABLE!

i love, love, love the giraffe habitat

this is baby #2 born here right?
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: Keith-N-Jax on July 09, 2009, 07:21:44 PM
The Giraffe habitat is nice. Our zoo is landscape very well.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: mtraininjax on July 10, 2009, 08:12:39 AM
100 degree heat, zoo animals, sounds like fun! I'll wait until the winter time.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: fsujax on July 10, 2009, 08:33:57 AM
It isn't that bad at the zoo in the summer. Besides if you wait till the winter you may risk seeing all the tropical vegetation they have planted there being brown and not in bloom. I think late summer/early fall is the best time to go.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: blizz01 on July 10, 2009, 09:54:31 AM
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I'll wait until the winter time.
- I'm just glad that you're at least willing to give it a go, mtrain.  :D
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: Lunican on July 10, 2009, 10:21:40 AM
There are fewer crotchety old guys there in the summer...
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: avonjax on July 10, 2009, 10:33:57 AM
There are fewer crotchety old guys there in the summer...

yeah like mtrain who is crotchety about everything
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: blizz01 on July 11, 2009, 11:17:16 AM
Zoo May Close, Euthanize Animals

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BOSTON -- The Franklin Park Zoo, the only Boston institution of its kind, may be forced to close and euthanize some of its animals, zoo officials said Friday.

Seriously?

http://www.thebostonchannel.com/money/20021259/detail.html
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: Lunican on July 29, 2009, 07:13:25 PM
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Q&A: Zoo's new director wants more volunteers, greener practices
In his third week, Tony Vecchio says Jacksonville feels like home

Tony Vecchio has moved into his corner office at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, the one overlooking the train tracks and cheetah exhibit. He’s in his third week as the zoo’s new executive director, coming from the same position at the other corner of the country: The Oregon Zoo in Portland, Ore.

He hasn’t really settled into Jacksonville yet. He’s living in an extended stay motel while his wife and children are back in Portland, trying to sell their house there. His son will start Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland this fall. His daughter will enter Douglas Anderson School of the Arts as a dancer.

The 54-year-old Vecchio, who replaces Dennis Pate, worked at his first zoo in his hometown of Pittsburgh. He’s also worked at zoos in South Carolina, Atlanta and Rhode Island before Portland and now Jacksonville.

Full Article:
http://www.jacksonville.com/lifestyles/2009-07-29/story/qa_zoos_new_director_wants_more_volunteers_greener_practices
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: I-10east on December 15, 2014, 04:12:20 PM
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has announced another record breaking year with attendance of over 849,000.

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Commenting on the news Mayor Alvin Brown said, “With this new attendance record, the Jacksonville Zoo keeps getting bigger and better and more popular every year.  The Zoo is a precious community treasure, enhancing our quality of life and serving as a top tourist destination. It’s been a great Jacksonville tradition for 100 years, introducing a world of natural wonders to residents and visitors alike. Jacksonville wouldn’t be Jacksonville without our Zoo.”

Dr David S. Loeb, chair of the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ board of directors, added, “Seeing an increase of more than 33,000 visitors shows that Jacksonville recognizes the continuous transformation of our Zoo and that our community wants to grow with us. We are honored daily with every new and familiar face we see as we continue our mission and vision for another 100 years.”

This is the fourth year in a row that the Zoo has broken the previous year’s record, with new animals being a key driver for continued popularity.  This year Jacksonville Zoo has welcomed a new baby bonobo, marking the seventh bonobo birth at the Zoo since the species arrival in 1998.

Julianne Parish, mammal keeper at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens explained that “Zoo staff is especially excited about this healthy, bonobo infant boy because he is Jo-T’s first offspring, and she is doing great as a new mom.  Very few zoos in the world have bonobos and she and her baby are very important to the small bonobo population.  Her son will likely remain with Jo-T for his entire life, as males in the wild rely on their mother’s status to ensure their place within the bonobo society.”

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is preparing for continued success with a raft of key strategic appointments made last year including Philip Alia as Deputy Director of Marketing and Community Relations, Leanne White as Curator of Education, Mike Taylor as Curator of Birds, Herps. and Others, and John Lukas as Conservation & Science Manager.

http://www.blooloop.com/news/record-attendance-and-bonobo-baby-for-jacksonville/31073#.VI9NRCvF_uI
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: Keith-N-Jax on December 16, 2014, 05:06:15 AM
That's great news
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: I-10east on March 26, 2015, 07:27:39 PM
The Jax Zoo is now launching RiverQuest River tours, Airboat & kayak adventures. This sounds awesome! I bet that not many zoos can claim to have an airboat. The Airboat ecotour is 30 minutes, and the kayak rental are 2 hours. As soon as this weather clears up, I gotta check it out! 

http://jacksonvillezoo.org/content.aspx?pageID=16486&CNM=RiverQuest%20Eco%20Tours
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: fsujax on March 26, 2015, 08:17:23 PM
that is pretty cool.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: Keith-N-Jax on March 26, 2015, 08:55:34 PM
Yep that is. Great News!!!
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: jaxjaguar on July 21, 2015, 04:28:18 PM
Trip Advisor reviewers have rated the Jacksonville Zoo 18th best zoo in the country!

http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Attractions-cZoos-g191
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: blizz01 on July 23, 2015, 12:42:12 PM
Is it possible to take the River Taxi to the Zoo from downtown spots?
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: fsujax on July 23, 2015, 01:02:20 PM
Good news for the zoo. It really is one of the great things about Jacksonville. A far cry from how it was when I was younger.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: finehoe on July 23, 2015, 01:31:37 PM
Trip Advisor reviewers have rated the Jacksonville Zoo 18th best zoo in the country!

http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Attractions-cZoos-g191

Kudos to the Zoo for this, but it should be noted that there are three other Florida zoos ahead of us in the Trip Advisor rankings.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: jaxjaguar on July 23, 2015, 03:43:47 PM
Is it possible to take the River Taxi to the Zoo from downtown spots?

Not currently.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: CityLife on July 23, 2015, 04:43:09 PM
Good news for the zoo. It really is one of the great things about Jacksonville. A far cry from how it was when I was younger.

Yea, remember when it was just concrete pits with animals in them? People that haven't been in years are always amazed at the transformation.

Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: Tacachale on July 23, 2015, 05:02:36 PM
Good news for the zoo. It really is one of the great things about Jacksonville. A far cry from how it was when I was younger.

Yea, remember when it was just concrete pits with animals in them? People that haven't been in years are always amazed at the transformation.

I had exactly this happen a little while ago.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: The_Choose_1 on July 23, 2015, 05:21:00 PM
I stopped going to Zoo's in October of 2007 while on Vacation out in Oregon I remember seeing a bear walk a path up the hill and down the hill none stop. And the Polar bear was also depressed. I understand a lot of the animals in Zoo's now were never really wild. A lot born in other zoo's and animal parks and from time to time are shipped to one zoo to another. So after seeing these depressed animals I stopped going to zoo's. I understand why others go to Zoo's and children should go to see the great animals that one day will not be on planet Earth.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: fsujax on July 23, 2015, 05:30:41 PM
Yeah, those concrete pits were the worst.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Post by: I-10east on February 08, 2017, 11:33:34 PM
Khan the Jaguar is headed to the Birmingham Zoo. That sucks, but I'm sure that it's for conservation, awareness, the better good and blah blah blah 'fill in the blank other cheesy cliches'.

http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2017/02/birmingham_zoo_welcomes_new_an.html