Press Room

The Marketing Department at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is committed to providing members of the press and the public with news relating to significant events taking place at the Zoo.

Please feel free to download our Press Kit or browse our recent press releases below.

Be sure to check back often because there is always “More To See and More To Zoo.


PRESS RELEASES (Photos can be provided upon request by emailing

December 2019

ZOOLights Brings Holiday Magic Back to the Zoo and Gardens

November 2019

Jacksonville Zoo's Director of Wildlife Wellness Publishes "Beyond Animal Welfare"

'National Geographic Photo Ark' Exhibition Opens Sunday

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Presents Joel Sartore at UNF on Nov. 17

October 2019

Spooktacular Halloween Festivities Return

Endangered Giant River Otter Pups to Make Public Debut Saturday, October 5th

September 2019

Zoo Celebrates Gorilla Week

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Announces Master's Degree with Miami University

Zoo Reopens After Hurricane Dorian with Half-Price Admission

Hurricane Dorian Closure

August 2019

Exhibition and Talks by Photographer John Reed

Brew at the Zoo Date Change

July 2019

Zebra Born at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Jacksonville Zoo Urges Boaters to Slow Down for Manatees

Zoo Celebrates Plastic Free July

May 2019

Four Critically Endangered Black-and-White Ruffed Lemurs Born at the Zoo

Baby Boom Continues With Birth of Second Giraffe

Special Giraffe Calf Born at the Zoo

April 2019

Zoo Partners with Two Men and a Truck for Supply Drive for Moms

Zoo and Gardens is Certified Sensory Inclusive

March 2019

Elephant's Tusk Surgery a Success

Expert Dental Team to Fix Elephant's Tooth

February 2019

Gandai Introduced to Surrogate Mother

Zoo Ready to Reunite Gorilla Baby and Mother

Infant Gorilla Strengthens Her Bonds to her Troop

January 2019

Baby Bongo Born at the Zoo

Reaching Gorilla Infant Milestones

December 2018 

Otterly Adorable Addition at the Zoo

Zoo Saddened by Passing of Bull Giraffe

ZOOLights is Back

October 2018

Kids Free November Back at the Zoo

Zoo Awarded for Support of Okapi Conservation

Zoo Celebrating Birth of Endangered Western Lowland Gorilla

Spooktacular is Back at the Zoo

September 2018

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens' Dr. Terry Maple Named First Recipient of Animal Welfare Lifetime Achievement Award

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Offering $10 Admission to Hurricane Florence Evacuees

August 2018

Great Apes Return to the Zoo with Opening of African Forest

Louisiana Pine Snake Hatchings

July 2018

$5 Admission to the Zoo on Wednesday, July 18

Zoo Celebrating World Snake Day and Hatching of Two Eastern Indigo Snakes

Nothing Unlucky About Night at the Zoo

Cute-Off Competition - Flamingo Chicks vs Penguin Chicks

June 2018

Night at the Zoo Returns to Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Friday, June 22

African Elephant Quickly Returned to Enclosure After Brief Stroll in Back Barn Courtyard

Bouncing Baby Bongo Born in Time for Father’s Day

May 2018

Dinosauria Exhibit Extended at the Zoo

Discounted Zoo Admission with Dinosaur "Selfie" 

Celebrate Mother's Day Weekend at the Zoo

A Tale of Two Manatee Tails

March 2018

Zoo Working to Save Critically Sick Manatee

February 2018

Tiger Twosome to Make Their Public Debut

Dinosaurs are Back at the Zoo

January 2018

Tiger Cubs Receive Six Week Examination

Jacksonville Zoo and Buffalo Zoo Make Friendly Wager

Progosticating Porcupine to Predict the Arrival of Spring

December 2017

Zoo Baby Boom Continues with 11 Tiny Lizards

November 2017

Chapman's Fringed Orchid Declared Endangered in Florida

Give Thanks at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Zoo Thankful for 40th Giraffe Birth

Second Giraffe Birth at the Zoo This Week

Zoo Celebrates Birth of Two Sumatran Tiger Cubs

October 2017

Un-BEAR-ably Cute Debut at the Zoo

Wildly Successful Lend a Paw Supply Drive at Zoo

August 2017

Back to School Bash at Final Night at the Zoo

New Additions to the Penguins at the Zoo

Zoo to Rehabilitate Manatees at Nation's Newest Manatee Critical Care Center

July 2017

ALOHA! Night at the Zoo Returns Friday, July 28

June 2017

Zoo Mourns Death of Cheetah

So Tiny! So Cute! Baby Pudu at the Zoo

Construction Starting on the Zoo’s Newest Exhibit - African Forest

May 2017

Zoo Squealing With Excitement Over Birth of Warthog Piglets

April 2017

Creativity is Blooming at Zoo's Garden and Art Festival

March 2017

Celebrate Conservation at 22nd Annual ExZOOberation

February 2017

Zoo Celebrates Completion of Manatee Critical Care Center with Festival and Ribbon Cutting

January 2017

Excitement Stacking up for Nature Connects at the Zoo

December 2016

ZOOLights is Back Bigger and Brighter at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

November 2016

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Mourns Mandrill Rafiki’s Passing

Gobble Gobble - Give Thanks at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

October 2016

Hurricane Closing and Brew at the Zoo Rescheduled

Kids and Plush Animals Receive Free Zoo Admission and Check-ups at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens' 26th Annual Teddy Bear Affair

Zoo to Debut Black Bear Betsy

September 2016

Zoo Set to Welcome One Millionth Visitor, Celebrates with Guest Appreciation Week

August 2016

Endangered Bonobo Born at the Zoo

Zoo Celebrates Diversity in W.I.L.D. Program

Zoo all Smiles With Significant Births and Hatchings of Slimy, Scaled and Swimming Additions

July 2016

See Them Before They Go Extinct! Destination: DINO Leaves the Zoo After the Fourth of July

Zoo Conservation Project Sends 3,700 Puerto Rican Crested Toads Tadpoles Home to Repopulate

June 2016

Angolan Colobus Monkey Born at the Zoo

Record Breaking May and Certificate of Excellence for the Zoo

Magellanic Chick is COOL New Addition to the Zoo

Father's Day Admission Special and Zoom at the Zoo Event

Zoo Celebrates Giraffe Calf Birth and World Giraffe Day

May 2016

Zoo Mourns Passing of Beloved American Black Bear Billy

Zoo Is Tickled Pink to Announce New Flock of Flamingos

Adorable Addition to the Giraffe Family at the Zoo

April 2016

The Cat Is Back! Tiger Cub Is All Better After Resting A Broken Leg

Community Collaboration: Zoo Welcomes Wagging Tails of Service Dogs Through Partnership With K9s for Warriors

March 2016

Zoo Family Mourns Death Of Oldest Male Bonobo, Akili

A School Of Fish: OCEARCH Founder, Chris Fischer, Visits Zoo To Teach Local Schools About Shark Conservation

February 2016

Jacksonville Zoo And Gardens’ First Gorilla Infant Celebrates First Birthday

She’s Earned Her Stripes: Zoo’s First Sumatran Tiger Cub Makes Exhibit Debut

Kinleigh Rose, Zoo’s Tiger Cub, Meets Jacksonville Community For The First Time

Jacksonville Zoo And Gardens Contributes To The Great Ape Heart Project

Hop To It! A Toadally Awesome Leap Year Party

Tiger Cub Breaks Leg

January 2016

New Year, New Exhibit: Zoo's Lorikeet Aviary Reopens After Renovations

Zoo Receives Quarter Century Award From Association Of Zoos And Aquariums

Zoo Helps Test Bear-Resistant Trash Can To Address Human/Bear Conflict In Florida

I Like To Move It, Move It: Lemur Escapes Enclosure At Zoo

December 2015

A Tiger's First Christmas

See The Lights, Feel The Force: Jacksonville Zoo And Gardens Celebrates Star Wars During ZOOLights

Thandi The African Elephant Makes Her Big Debut

November 2015

Elephant Herd At Zoo Grows By One

It's A Boy! The Gender Of The Jacksonville Zoo And Gardens' First-Ever Penguin Chick Announced Today

Jacksonville Zoo And Gardens Ends October With Record Attendance For 28th Annual Spooktacular

Zoo Is Thankful For Birth Of Critically Endangered Sumatran Tiger Cub Just Days Before Thanksgiving

October 2015

Jacksonville Zoo And Gardens Wins Landscape Awards For Land Of The Tiger Exhibit

Jacksonville Zoo And Gardens' Announces 5th Straight Year Of Record Attendance

Jacksonville Zoo And Gardens' 28th Annual Spooktacular Is Preparing For A Magical, Memorable Experience

September 2015

Jacksonville Zoo And Gardens Receives Prestigious, National Exhibit Award For Land Of The Tiger

Jacksonville Zoo And Gardens Excitedly Announces Hatching Of Their First Magellanic Penguin Chick!

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Offers $5 Admission On Saturday, September 26 Thanking The Jacksonville Community For A Record-Breaking Year

August 2015

Zoo Announces Successful Hatching Of One Of The Rarest Native Snakes In United States

Record Number Of 'Patients' Seen At Jacksonville Zoo And Gardens 25th Annual Teddy Bear Affair

July 2015

The Zoo Celebrates The Return Of Goober, The Aldabra Tortoise

Jacksonville Zoo And Gardens Named In Top 25 Zoos In United States

June 2015

Jacksonville Zoo And Gardens Announces Birth Of Their First Cownose Ray Pup

Jacksonville Zoo And Gardens Hosts Its 8th Annual Dreamnight, An Evening Of Carefree Excitement For Children With Special Healthcare Needs

There's Something In The Water: The Zoo Continues Primate Baby Boom With Birth Of 2 Lemur Infants

Jacksonville Zoo And Gardens Inducted Into TripAdvisor Hall Of Fame

May 2015

The Zoo Welcomes Birth Of Second Gorilla Just In Time For Mother's Day!

March 2015

JZG Collaborates With Pizzazz Scenic For Large-Scale Creation Of Titanoboa - The Largest Snake That Ever Lived

Titanoboa Slithers Her Way To Jacksonville With Grand Opening of Exhibit This Saturday

February 2015

Jacksonville Zoo And Gardens Welcomes Brand New Baby Gorilla!