Zoo Facts

  • The Zoo has served up to 120,000 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. Special discounts are given to schools and school districts, as well as sponsorship from local or regional businesses. 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 2,000, 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 included, and 34 are in use.
  • Twenty-five full time staff members are employed at the Jackson Zoo. An additional 10 part-time staff members assist as needed.
  • 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. managed the Zoo until September 30, 2019. Currently the staff operates as contractors for the City of Jackson.
  • Number of Species at The Zoo: 150
  • Number of Animals: 250
  • 11 Endangered Species: Amur Leopard, Black-headed Spider Monkey, Chimpanzee, Cotton Top Tamarin, Fishing Cat, Grevy’s Zebra, Pygmy Hippo, Red Ruffed Lemur, Sumatran Tiger, White-handed Gibbon, Reticulated Giraffe, Asiatic Black Bear.
  • Blue & Gold MacawActive Species Survival Programs: Amur Leopard, Black and White Colobus Monkey, Black-necked Stilt, Blue-bellied Roller, Black-headed Spider Monkey, Chimpanzee, Cotton Top Tamarin, Diana Guenon, Fishing Cat, Grevy’s Zebra, Hawk-headed Parrot, Kinkajou, Klipspringer, Kookaburra, Marabou Stork, North American River Otter, 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.

Completed Projects

  • Rhino Exhibit Renovations (2016)
  • Gertrude C Ford Wildlife Adventures Theater 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)

ANNUAL REPORTS and ATTENDANCE FIGURES:

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Click here to view the 2011 Annual Report

Click here to view the 2012 Annual Report

Click here to view the 2013 Annual Report

Click here to view the 2014 Annual Report

Click here to view the 2015 Annual Report 

Click here to view the 2016 Annual Report

Click here to view the 2017 Annual Report

Click here to view the 2018 Annual Report