Animals & Pets

2015 State of the St. Johns River Report Card

BY SHANNON BLANKINSHIP, Outreach Director for Jacksonville residents place a high value on the . This mighty river flows through the heart of our , and its tributaries, the creeks and streams that feed it, flow through all of our neighborhoods. It is understandable then, with algae bloom outbreaks and failing septic tanks, that you might be curious about the health status of our river. Unfortunately, with shrinking budgets and a constant assault on the agencies charged with protecting our river, there is less monitoring of the river’s health. Despite this insufficient monitoring and an “unsatisfactory status” for so many …

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Looking Ahead – Walt Disney Animation Studio’s ZOOTOPIA – in theatres March 2016

The modern mammal metropolis of is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps (voice of ) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a …

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Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Welcomes Brand New Baby Gorilla!

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens (JZG) proudly announces the first successful gorilla birth in its history. The adorable infant was born the morning of February 6 to mother Bulera, and father, Lash. The newborn will debut on exhibit with mom on Sunday, February 8, pending weather conditions. Our vet and animal staff are closely monitoring mother and baby, but will only offer assistance if needed. Bulera and Lash were recommended to breed by the  (SSP). The Gorilla SSP is a group of zoo professionals who cooperatively manage the gorilla population at zoos accredited by the (AZA). They are responsible for …

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GROW YOUR OWN: Saturday Garden Walk at Zoo

Recently I joined a Saturday Garden Walk at the . These walks are monthly tours of the gardens led by members of the horticulture staff who point out the plants that fit the theme of that tour. The walks usually attract 15-20 participants who learn where to plant each featured specimen, how to care for it, and what to expect from it during the growing year. The theme for the December tour was “Ornamental Grasses and their Cousins.” The guides explained that grasses are Monocots, one of the two types of flowering plants. The other type is a Dicot, and …

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boating to the Zoo

The Trout River flows past the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens just before joining the  on its way to the . Being located on the river’s edge provides unique opportunities for educational river experiences not found at most zoos. Visitors can arrive via water and enjoy exhibits, educational displays, and events along the river; soon the zoo will feature a manatee rescue center. Here are some more of the great things about having a riverfront zoo.Paddle to the Zoo  Did you know that you can access the Jacksonville Zoo from the water? Arrive in style to the Jacksonville Zoo via the …

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Jacksonville Artists Guild Zoo Fundraiser – LIONS, TIGERS, AND SQUARES

 developed a creative fundraiser for the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens’ 100-Year Anniversary called “,” which immediately raised more than $4,100 at the launch. JAG’s goal is to surpass the $10,000 mark through this effort to recognize the Zoo’s continued service to Jacksonville and the surrounding area. JAG artist members painted 105 small square paintings in celebration of the Zoo’s centenary year. Though some of the creative and often humorous paintings are already purchased, all will remain intact and on display at the  until September 1, giving the visiting children and families an opportunity to see and purchase a piece of …

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100 Years at the Zoo

The  celebrates their 100th anniversary this year. They’ve come a long way since their small beginnings. When the Jacksonville Zoo opened, it was in the midst of Springfield, and it was a very different zoo than the one we know today. We spoke with , The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Biological Programs Registrar and unofficial Jacksonville Zoo historian about the progress our Zoo has made over the last 100 years. “When the zoo first opened, the vast majority of the animals were domesticated animals,” says Rost. The exotic species that they did have were mostly donated to the zoo from …

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Garden Walks at the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens

You may have heard that the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. What you may not know is that the “and Gardens” part of the Jacksonville Zoo’s name was added in 2004. This represents a mini-milestone for Jacksonville’s own botanical gardens – a 10th birthday within the grander centennial celebration. In recent years I have gone on quite a few Saturday Garden Walks at the zoo. These botanical adventures are led by knowledgeable horticulture department employees who talk about plants and other points of interest based on the theme of that day’s walk. Some of …

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its all happening at the Zoo

Lucy tentatively taps the water’s surface, seemingly mesmerized by the far reaching ripples. Before she can contemplate the movement in her own reflection, Lucy’s attention is drawn away like any other three year old by a large, round ball floating by with the tattered remnants of birthday wrapping paper still clinging to the wet plastic. She gives it a playful nudge before wandering off in search of new adventures, indifferent to the watchful eyes surrounding her. Typical childish behavior, for sure, but Lucy is not your average toddler. She is a Sumatran tiger and is one of five new arrivals …

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Dog Recovering from Gunshot Wounds at Jacksonville Humane Society Animal Hospital

Veterinarians at the Jacksonville Humane Society Animal Hospital are treating a dog who was shot in the face. JHS staff has named the approximately 1-year-old lab mix Moe. “Moe lost a lot of blood, but he was very lucky because the shot just missed his eye, grazing his face and landing in his upper arm,” said Dr. Jennifer Broadhurst, JHS shelter medical director. “Despite the pain, Moe was very sweet as we examined the extensive damage to his muscles and bone. We bandaged his wounds and will most likely need to amputate his leg once he is stable.” Residents of …

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