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Jackson Zoo and JSU Strike Historic Partnership

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in News | Comments Off

Jackson, Miss. – The Jackson Zoo signed a historic partnership agreement with Jackson State University on Tuesday, the agreement formalized a three year commitment and $120,000 pledge from the University to adopt the tiger exhibit, which will be renamed The Jackson State University Tiger Exhibit. Staff from both parties met in the JSU Administrative Tower to finalize an agreement that had been in the works for several months. The foundation of the partnership is based around sponsorship of the JSU Tiger Exhibit and a JSU Membership Program....

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Jackson Zoo Saddened by Loss of Baby Orangutan

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in News | Comments Off

The Jackson Zoo regretfully announces the loss of its’ 6 month old orangutan on Thursday, Oct. 23. Thursday morning, Zoo staff found the baby orangutan lifeless in the overnight keeping quarters with his mom, Sabah. The death was unexpected, as no signs of stress or harm to the infant were present before his passing. Multiple issues were found during the initial necropsy report and we await the final reports to pinpoint the cause of death.  The mother of the infant appears to be doing well and remains under close watch and care by the staff....

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Jackson Zoo Expands Partnership With MSU’S College of Veterinary Medicine

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in News | Comments Off

The Jackson Zoo formalized an extended partnership with the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine by signing a Memorandum of Understanding between the MSU-CVM Provost and Executive Vice President, Mayor of Jackson, and Executive Director of the Zoo, on Wednesday. There has been a partnership in place for years, where MSU-CVM students visit the Zoo for hands-on learning about exotic medicine. With mutual goals, such as improving health and care of animals, providing quality education, and advancing research, the two...

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Sumatran Tiger Birth at the Jackson Zoo

Posted by on May 26, 2014 in News | Comments Off

On May 20th in the early morning, Sumatran tiger Sari, aged 7.5 years, gave birth to her first cub. The cub is a great success for Sumatran tiger conservation, as these tigers are critically endangered with less than an estimated 500 in the wild. During the next few weeks, the cub will open his eyes and become more mobile and potentially even start to explore the den. The birth is a result of the recommendation from the Sumatran Tiger Species Survival Plan (SSP) that Sari mate with 7.5 year old Emerson. Jackson Zoo visitors may remember when...

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Red River Hog gives birth at the Jackson Zoo

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in News | Comments Off

Mother’s Day at the Zoo was a very special event, not just for mothers, but for our red river hog pair. Female Potter, aged 3 years, gave birth to 3 piglets on May 11 in the morning. This is the first litter for Potter and male, Dill, aged 2 years. The piglets, 2 females and 1 male are currently on display with their parents in the African Forest boardwalk area of the Jackson Zoo. The piglets will remain with the pair for the foreseeable future. The piglets are approximately 2-3 pounds and have a distinctive striped and spotted coat. Their...

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Sad Loss for Jackson Zoo

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in News | Comments Off

Jackson Zoo is sad to share that one of the eight red wolf pups born March 30 was injured sometime late Thursday. After consulting with zoo veterinarian Dr. Holifield, senior zoo staff decided the injury was too severe and painful so the male pup was euthanized that evening. The remaining seven pups are all doing well and the naming event for the pups scheduled for Saturday at 11:00am will still be held.

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Red Wolf Pups Get Their Names

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in News | Comments Off

This Saturday, May 10 at 11am, the red wolf pups that were born this March will be getting their names. Representatives from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians will be on location to reveal the Choctaw names, as well as a storyteller and Choctaw dancers.   The press conference will include remarks from Jackson Zoo Executive Director Beth Poff, Choctaw Tribal Chief Phyliss J. Anderson and City of Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber. Choctaw storyteller Ms. Evaline Davis will tell the ‘Shokka Annopa’ (Pig Tales) of the ‘Nashoba hicha Shokkata’...

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Exciting Orangutan Birth a First for Jackson Zoo

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in News | Comments Off

It was an exciting morning of April 24 for keepers at the Jackson Zoo when Bornean orangutan Sabah gave birth in her off exhibit bedroom. The 35 year old orangutan gave birth to her fourth infant, though her first with mate Pumpkin, 28 years old. Deputy Director Dave Wetzel reminds us that “the first few days of the orangutan’s life are very fragile. Sabah is proving to be an excellent mother, so for now the best plan of action is to allow her to care for and bond with her new infant.” Sabah and baby are currently in their off exhibit area....

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Endangered Red Wolf Birth at the Jackson Zoo

Posted by on Mar 30, 2014 in News | Comments Off

 On March 30, 2014, the Jackson Zoo welcomed the birth of 8 red wolf pups. This is the second litter for red wolf parents, mother Taladu and father Kanati. Currently, the 3 males and 5 females are under the constant watchful eye of mom in the den. “We’ve checked and weighed all of the pups. They are all doing well and come in around 600 grams or about 1.3 pounds,” said Deputy Director Dave Wetzel. “It will be several weeks before mom lets them venture from the den, so it will be some time before the public will be able to see them.” Last...

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Carolyn Danks Awarded Volunteer of the Year for 2012

Posted by on Aug 31, 2013 in News | Comments Off

Carolyn Danks Awarded Volunteer of the Year for 2012

Zoo Director Beth Poff and Education Specialist Becky Olthof give Carolyn Danks a big thumbs up for being voted Volunteer of the Year by Zoo staff. She was recognized for not only for her years of service, but for her ongoing help as a guide and assistance with flower and plant care around the Discover Zoo.

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