The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

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 […]