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Jackson Zoo Mourns Loss of One of the Oldest Giraffes in Country

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in News | Comments Off

JACKSON, Miss.—The Jackson Zoo’s reticulated giraffe, Diamond, passed away at 28-years-old, and was one of the oldest giraffes living in the United States.  Diamond was born Jan. 1, 1986 at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado. She arrived at the Jackson Zoo on Oct. 9, 1992 and has lived a life well lived for almost 29 years. She has mothered eight calves during her life and three of them are believed to still be living. The Zoo’s staff is deeply saddened by the loss of Diamond. Her keeper, Jenny Ghents, described Diamond as a sweet and gentle...

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Jackson Zoo Receives Grant from MDAH to Restore Historic Rhino Barn & Exhibit

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

Jackson, Miss. – The Jackson Zoo was awarded $148,400 for a restoration grant approved by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History Board of Trustees on Wednesday. Mississippi Department of Archives and History awarded more than $2 million on behalf of the Community Heritage Preservation Grant program to 17 projects across Mississippi. The Jackson Zoo is honored to be a recipient of this program and will use the grant for restoration to the existing Rhino Barn and Exhibit, which was built in the 1920’s. The board of trustees of MDAH...

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Jackson Zoo Receives Grant Approval From Rotary Club District 6820

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

Jackson, Miss. – The Rotary Club District 6820 has approved a $7,500.00 grant from the Jackson Zoo to purchase technology equipment for the zoo’s Wild Learning program. The Zoo’s Director of Major Gifts and Annual Fund, Josh Friedel, met with Debra McGee, Senior Vice President & Director of Minority Business at BankPlus and West Jackson Rotary Club members on Tuesday. The West Jackson Rotary Club presented a $7,500.00 check to the Jackson Zoo’s Wild Learning program, which will be used to purchase new technology equipment for the program...

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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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