The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Women’s Board readies to Flaunt the First Coast

Women’s Board readies to Flaunt the First Coast

It’s a big year for the Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital, one that holds special importance for many reasons, chief among them is 50 Years of service to community during its Golden Jubilee year. This year also happens to be a step in an entirely new direction, with the new branding of the Winter […]

West Riverside students win recycling contest

West Riverside students win recycling contest

Ms. Baron’s 5th grade dual language class at West Riverside Elementary recently won a recycling contest sponsored by T-Mobile and the Jacksonville Zoo. The students collected 76 devices, which included both old cell phones and tablets. According to the Zoo, “Coltan is a mineral ore used in the production of small electronics, but mining for […]

Pet reptiles & amphibians: Instant Wow factor

Pet reptiles & amphibians: Instant Wow factor

They may not be furry or cuddly, but legal pet herptiles (reptiles and amphibians), are fascinating pets. They have unique skin, scales or shells, odd physical features, unexpected colors and mesmerizing behavior. Their striking appearance or almost-alien, “wow factor”, immediately attracts attention. They include common pet reptiles like lizards, snakes, turtles or tortoises, and amphibian […]

Camera trapping the coolest animal you’ve never heard of

Camera trapping the coolest animal you’ve never heard of

Lakewood resident seeks to save endangered okapi in Africa Okapi. That’s “the coolest animal you never heard of,” according to Lucas Meers, a Lakewood man who hunts the mammal in the Congo. He longs to trap and shoot them—with a camera, that is. The okapi is the cultural symbol of the Democratic Republic of the […]

Horticulturist saves rare orchid from extinction

Horticulturist saves rare orchid from extinction

Thanks to Houston Snead, a Riverside resident and horticulturist at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens (JZG), together with Lisa Hassell, an environmental specialist from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, a rare flowering plant, may be saved from extinction. Snead and Hassell did a comprehensive survey in the state of Florida of the […]

Plans resurface for downtown aquarium

Plans resurface for downtown aquarium

A new wave of excitement is rippling across Jacksonville with the resurfacing of plans to build a riverfront aquarium. The impetus for that wave is Scott Grant, the new chairman of the advancement committee for AquaJax, the nonprofit organization that is working to make the Atlantic Aquarium an actuality. AquaJax first began the push for […]