Animals & Pets

Teaching Nature – Tree Hill hosts over 10,000 students annually

Tree Hill Nature Center, Old Arlington, Jacksonville, FL, photo by Fran Ruchalski

Nearly every weekday during the school year brings a field trip to . As a Duval County School District partner, Tree Hill’s educators provide 3rd grade students with an unforgettable experience. Students arrive in the morning, many with no idea that Tree Hill existed or what is in store for them during their trip. They settle into the amphitheater where they are treated to the Animal Encounter program. Preserving native species and their habits is an essential part of the work done at Tree Hill, and the Animal Encounter is no exception. Most mornings, students are introduced to three native …

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Ever Wonder? “THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS”

Release Date: July 8, 2016 Running Time: 1 hour and 31 minutes Rated PG for action and some rude humor Directed By: Chris Renaud & Yarrow Cheney Grade: B   I’m Max and I’m the luckiest dog in New York because of her. Max is an adorable terrier who grew up with his human named Katie. Every day he waits patiently at the door for his Katie to return from work. One day, Katie returns home with a dog named Duke that she adopted from the pound. Having been an only pet for his entire life, Max is not happy to …

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OFF LEASH! Paw-Play Dog Parks

We’ve gathered together a list of places near Jacksonville where your pup can play, unfettered, with a little info on the flavor of each place. Free To Play Dog Parks Paws Dog Park at Davis Park 2455 Palm Valley Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 This park, when last I went, featured a terrifying sign that said Beware of Alligators. Don’t be scared, because that’s pretty much the sign they should hang on the entire state of Florida. My dog can’t read, so he had a great time splashing about in the water. This is a city-run park, and is …

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K9 A-B-C’s

  Looking for place to train your dog? Jacksonville has plenty of options, and some unusual offerings. We hope this round-up K-9 classes can help get you started! If you want your dog to be a therapy dog, getting the AKC Canine Good Citizen Certification is one of the first steps. Gaining this certification can be tougher than you think, and not all dogs have the temperament for it.Try the for the class & Good Citizen Certification. Cost is $100. Do realize that wherever you get Good Citizen Training, it’s not that easy to pass–in a group of ten dogs …

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Paws On The River

BY SHANNON BLANKINSHIP, Outreach Director, St. Johns Riverkeeper Take me to the river There are few things better for most pups than a get-a-way with their humans to a dog-friendly water park! Not all dogs love swimming. For those that do, finding a great doggie swim spot can become your pup’s favorite place to go. Even if your dog (or you) don’t want to get completely wet, finding a great place to hike along the water means cooler temperatures and scenic vistas for each of you. Here are some great places along the St. Johns River that you and your …

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Dogs Can Fly

In their high-brow, equestrian-heavy subdivision, and his wife are known throughout the neighborhood as “the dog people.” It’s a distinction that has made neighbors of former Phillies’ pitcher Brett Myers and the ex-NFLer Laveranues Coles and carried them around the world with their world famous team of frisbee dogs. Frederick was a frisbee champion in his own right before transitioning to training and performing with rescue dogs. In 1990, a knee injury forced Frederick to reevaluate his career options and think outside the box. He remembers the moment he shared his plans with a couple of fellow frisbee players following …

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Angolan Colobus Monkey Born at the Zoo

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens (JZG) is thrilled to announce the birth of an Angolan colobus monkey on Friday, May 27. The infant is the first for mother, Moshi, and sixth for father, Andy. While there have been Guereza colobus born at JZG, this is the first time an Angolan colobus has been born at the Zoo. Angolan colobus monkeys, native to the dense rainforest of the Congo, have a black coat and face with a mantle of long white hair and a white tip on their tails. Colobus newborns, however, are born solid white and the coat gradually turns to adult …

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Name That Tiger: A New Cub At the Zoo

Big things come in small packages but they all don’t stay that way for long. Just days before Thanksgiving, The welcomed the first tiger cub born at the zoo in over 35 years. First time parents Dorcas (known as Lucy) and father Berani greeted the single cub in the early morning hours on Nov 19. The still unnamed female cub and mother are enjoying private time off exhibit to allow Lucy to bond with her baby. As they do in the wild, the new father will not interact with the cub. “In the wild, tigers are solitary. The male and …

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“The Secret Life of Pets” – Holiday Trailer

For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present T, a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. Comedy superstars , and make their animated feature-film debuts in The Secret Life of Pets, which co-stars Steve Coogan, Ellie Kemper, Bobby Moynihan, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Jenny Slate and Albert Brooks. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy produce the film directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2), co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and written by Brian Lynch and Cinco Paul …

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It Fits to a (Mana)tee:

Cultural Fusion, Year of the River, and the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens BY LYNDSAY PLEMMONS, Assistant Manager of Marketing at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens what: Jacksonville Manatee Festival when: November 14, 2015, 10am–4pm where: Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens info: www.jacksonvillezoo.org The word “inspiration” is mentioned frequently, especially when talking about important causes like animal conservation. Cultural Fusion and Year of the River have opened our eyes to the idea that everyone becomes inspired in different ways. In many cities, zoos, museums, and cultural groups end up competing over the same customer. Through , we are working to benefit each other …

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