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Jacksonville Zoo and Garden is located at the northern part of downtown Jacksonville. The zoo stretches for many acres and has over than 2000 animals and 1000 plants living in it. It has a lot of exhibits at the moment, including African exhibit, Asian exhibit, Wild Florida. They also have botanical gardens which are super pretty and are home to many kinds of plants. This is the place for you to have fun while learning all about animals and plants living here.
Exploring Exhibits inside the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
This African exhibit in Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens highlights the African landscape and many animals from the continent Africa, such as rhinoceros, African ostrich, cranes, and many more. This exhibit allows you to know more about the life of the animals from Africa and how they are different from the rest of them. They are scattered around the world. In this African exhibit, they also breed the endangered species wood stork and therefore help them avoid extinction. You will enjoy this exhibit as it gives you a lot of information and things to see.
Children love this exhibit the most as they can see tigers here. The Land of the Tiger has a total of 7 tigers, 2 of them are Malayan tigers and the others are Sumatran tigers. This Land of the Tiger exhibit is a huge place where the tigers living inside this exhibit can roam their ways easily and can stay not just in one place. When the tigers roam, you can see them from the viewpoints provided by the zoo, so you can see the tigers from not just one point and you can observe the tigers' interaction and moves
Range of the Jaguar exhibit has the largest number of animals in it. The animals in it include jaguars, anacondas, lizard, frogs, and many more. This exhibit currently has six jaguars living in it. It also shows a lot of habitats, where there is The Lost Temple which is made to look like an old American temple and also a forest aviary where birds from all over the world are living in it. Not to mention the river replica in the exhibit which makes it refreshing for you to see.
How to Get Tickets?
Tickets can be purchased online prior to your visit or offline at the front gate until one hour before closing hour. General admission ticket for adults with age 13 to 64 is $19.95, ticket for seniors is $17.95, ticket for child ages 3 to 12 is $14.95 and children under age 3 can go into Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for free. The general admission ticket includes the Stingray Bay and Butterfly Hollow but doesn't include the 4D theater, campground critters, train and carousel rides. Tickets for those activities can be bought separately or you can buy the total experience ticket that includes everything for a cheaper price.
How To Get Around?
If you can make it here on weekdays, you are most likely to avoid the crowds since people usually come during the weekend. But if you can't make it on the weekdays and want to come during the weekends, you can try coming early so it won't be too crowded.
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Will I Need a Guide?
You don't need a guide if you want to roam the zoo and gardens by yourself. The directions are well written in the zoo and gardens. If you want to explore the zoo and gardens by tour, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens also provides some kinds of tour, the garden tour and the Behind the Scene tour in the zoo. The garden tour is available for groups on weekdays and if you want to know more, you can join the First Saturday Garden tour and pre-registration is needed if you want to join this tour. For the zoo tour, the Behind the Scenes tour allows you to visit the animals night dens and learn more about their habitats and many more.
How To Get There?
To get to Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens by bus, you need to stop at Main St. & Zoo Parkway bus station. It is not far from the Jacksonville downtown. You can opt to use car and Uber too to get there.