** indicates endangered status on the IUCN list.
MAMMALSWarm-blooded vertebrates that give birth to live young. (Many of these animals are susceptible to colder temperatures, and are given access for their comfort, so they may not be visible at all times during winter months.)
AVES (Birds)Warm-blooded vertebrates that lay eggs.
|Green Tree Frog||Eastern Box Turtle|
|Painted Turtle||River Cooter|
|Common Slider||Yellow-footed Tortoise|
|Gopher Tortoise||Leopard Tortoise|
|African Spurred Tortoise||Common Musk Tortoise|
|Inland Bearded Dragon||African Fat-tailed Gecko|
|Prehensile-tailed (Solomon Island) Skink||Royal (Ball) Python|
|Yellow Anaconda||King Snake|
|Corn Snake||Western Ratsnake|
|Gopher (Pine) Snake||Copperhead|
|Western Diamondback Rattlesnake||Timber Rattlesnake|
INSECTSHexapod invertebrates, and the largest animal species on earth.
|Madagascar Hissing Cockroach|
Unfortunately, nature has its own plan and pace. During our closure to the public, JZ Staff had to grieve the loss of a few of our older animals due to natural, age-related issues:
Daisy the American Black Bear, estimated age of 25 when she passed in September of 2019 (average life span 10-20 years)
Yoda the Red panda, aged 13 years when he passed in November of 2019 (average life span: 12- 14 years)
Debbie the Spider monkey, estimated age of 49 years when she passed in February of 2020 (average life span 37-47 years)
Many of these animals had resided their entire lives here at the Jackson Zoo, and had trained with the same staff members for at least a decade or more. They now live on in the hearts and minds of their keepers and adopters, along with others that we have loved and lost in our 100 year history.
“Something still exists as long as someone’s around to remember it.”