About Us


Mission Statement

Children with Bearded DragonThe mission of the Jackson Zoo is to provide visitors with a quality recreational and educational environment dedicated to wildlife care and conservation.

 

Zoo Facts

  • The Zoo serves up to 112,000 visitors annually, with 47% from the Jackson metro area, 43% from other Mississippi counties and 10% from other states. The Zoo serves every segment of the population, creating a wonderfully diverse audience.
  • The Zoo is a living classroom. More than 25,000 school children visit the Zoo each year with their teachers. There were more than 17,000 participants in last year’s education programs. Zoo programs provide teachers with exciting curriculum-based lessons for their students.
  • The Zoo is a remarkable interactive family facility, with more than 90% of its visitors being families with children under 12 with their accompanying parents or grandparents.
  • The Zoo has a strong, active volunteer force who works hard, giving many hours of their time and energy to the Zoo. The Jackson Zoo maintains an annual membership of over 2,500, with volunteers made up of the Zoo Crew, Zoo Teens, and dozens of local businesses and organizations that donate their time, efforts and services regularly.
  • The Zoo is located on 110 acres of land acquired by the City of Jackson from Samuel Livingston. Approximately 54 acres are developed.
  • Thirty-five full time staff members are employed at the Jackson Zoo. An additional 15 part-time staff members are hired during the peak seasons of spring and summer.
  • The Zoo’s annual operating budget is $2.3 million.
  • The Zoo opened in 1919 and moved to Livingston Park in 1921, operated by the City until 1986. Through an operating agreement with the City of Jackson, Jackson Zoological Society, Inc. has managed the Zoo for the past 29 years. It is currently operating under an 8 year agreement to be renewed 2017.
  • Number of Species at The Zoo: 202
  • Number of Animals: 380
  • 11 Endangered Species: Amur Leopard, Brown-headed Spider Monkey, Chimpanzee, Cotton Top Tamarin, Fishing Cat, Grevy’s Zebra, Pygmy Hippo, Red Ruffed Lemur, Sumatran Tiger, White-handed Gibbon, Reticulated Giraffe.
  • Blue & Gold MacawActive Species Survival Programs: Amur Leopard, Black and White Colobus Monkey, Black-necked Stilt, Blue-bellied Roller, Brown-headed Spider Monkey, Chimpanzee, Cougar, Cotton Top Tamarin, Diana Guenon, Fishing Cat, Grevy’s Zebra, Hawk-headed Parrot, Kinkajou, Klipspringer, Kookaburra, Marabou Stork, Nicobar Pigeon, North American River Otter, Red Panda, Red River Hog, Red Ruffed Lemur, Red Wolf, Reticulated Giraffe, Pygmy Hippopotamus, Sable Antelope, Schmidt’s Monkey, Sumatran Tiger, Tawny frogmouth, Wattled Crane, White Handed Gibbon, White Naped Crane, White Rhinoceros.
  • Latest Completed Projects:
    • Rhino Exhibit Renovations (2016)
    • Amphitheater Seating (2016)
    • Red Panda Exhibit (2015)
    • Splash Pad Lounge (2015)
    • Fishing Cat Exhibit (2015)
    • Amur Leopard Exhibit (2014)
    • Gibbon Exhibit (2014)
    • Tiger Exhibit (2010)
    • Gertrude C. Ford Education Center (2009)
    • Wilderness Mississippi (2006)
  • The Ten Year Plan (approved in Fall of 2015):
    • Discovery Zoo Renovations
    • Chimp Moat Renovations
    • South America exhibit (with expanded aviary)
    • African Expansion
    • Adventure Zone
    • Tropical Rain Forest Building
    • Renovations for gibbons, leopards, fishing cats, tapirs, macaques
    • Elephant House Cafe renovations