ZoosFlash! Sept 15th… Enjoy Cooler Weather This Weekend!

Saturday September 19th, open from 10 am to 4 pm, with special guests Freedom Ranch Wildlife Outreach at 2 pm. (Learn about birds of prey that can be recognized from your own back yard!)

Sunday September 20th from 11 am to 4 pm, with special guest Living Reptile Museum at 2 pm. (Dispel the myths and fear surrounding snakes with an amazing display of beautiful local creatures!)

Dippin Dots, Brick Street Pops, Hot Diggity Dog, and Pepsi products available for purchase near the cafe area. Plus, socially distanced Endangered Species Carousel rides are available all day for $2 per seat.

Questions about the zoo? Bet they can be answered right here on our updated webpage:

Reserve your Tickets! Download the Zoo Map! Catch up on ZoosFlashes! Learn the park’s History! Better understand a Modern Zoo! Quick list of our Animal Collection! Support the JZ Keepers!

Help the JZ Keepers keep both our animals and our humans healthy by reserving your tickets in advance and wearing your mask while walking around the park!

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ZoosFlash! Sept 1st

ONLINE RESERVATIONS NECESSARY

Because we have a limited capacity, visitors need to reserve their tickets/passes for the day they visit in advance*.

(No groups larger than 10 persons, all guests must follow Social Distancing guidelines.)

GENERAL ADMISSION

https://jacksonzoo.org/shop

Reserve at least one adult age 16 or olderClick ADD TO CARTContinue shopping for other adults (13 and up) and children (2-12 years old, under 2 years are free) on the SAME DATE, then click ADD TO CARTGo to CARTUse code JZReserve to pay on arrival with cash, debit or credit, orClick CHECKOUT to pay with credit, debit through PayPalHave the BARCODE ready to scan when you get to Admissions

MEMBERS

Follow 1-4 above but use code MJZ2020-08 zero out the charges Click CHECKOUT Have your BARCODE and PROOF OF MEMBERSHIP ready when you get to Admissions

RESCHEDULING PURCHASED TICKETS*

Follow 1-4 above Use code JZReserve Click CHECKOUT Have BOTH BARCODES ready to scan when you reach Admissions

*Guests presenting unused tickets from previous dates and unreserved walk-ups are not guaranteed entry.

Questions about your membership? Email admissions@jacksonzoo.org or call 601-352-2580 ext 231. For rescheduling issues, call 601-352-2580 ext 227 or email ejrivers@jacksonzoo.org

MASKS ARE REQUIRED

We are home to over 200 animals that cannot wear a mask to protect themselves from illness. Therefore, we humans NEED to wear them, even if we are outdoors.

Until we can be assured the safety of our residents, we will continue to require masks of all humans over the age of 2 years in the park. Masks are sold at Admissions (2 for $1), and VisitJackson has donated cloth masks for our JZ Members.

Please help us help our animals.

Copyright 2020 The Jackson Zoo

ZoosFlash! Aug 28th

TICKETS ON SALE NOW for

THIS SATURDAY THE 29th, 10 am to 4 pm

(with special guests Freedom Ranch Wildlife Outreach at 2 pm)

& THIS SUNDAY THE 30TH , 1 pm to 4 pm

(with special guests Living Reptile Museum at 2 pm)

THANK YOU!!!

Our first weekend open to the public was SOLD OUT and SO MUCH FUN! It was great see so many smiling faces, and many of the animals seemed just as interested in all the action as the people!

Because we have such a small staff, it took a LOT of extra hands to make it possible for us to open our gates, and we want to give a big shout out for all their help: TNT JXN Screenprinting * Glass Plus * Signs First Metro Jackson * Brown Bottling * Zoo Area Progressive Partnership and the City of Jackson Parks & Recreation crews, led by Director Ison Harris Jr

Saturday Aug 29th & Sunday Aug 30th

Dippin Dots, Brick Street Pops, Hot Diggity Dog, and Pepsi available near the cafe.

Socially distanced Endangered Species Carousel rides all day ($2 each)

2 pm show with Freedom Ranch Wildlife Outreach on Saturday and Terry Vandeventer’s Living Reptile Museum on Sunday.

At 4 pm, the animals go to bed

General Admission Ticket Reservations

Go to https://jacksonzoo.org/shop Choose your ticket with your preferred available date* Reserve at least one adult age 16 or older Click ADD TO CART Continue shopping for other adults (13 and up) and children (2-12 years old, under 2 years are free) on the SAME DATE, then click ADD TO CART Go to CART Use code JZReserve to pay on arrival with cash, debit or credit, or Click CHECKOUT to pay with credit, debit through PayPal Print or save your order with BARCODE to bring with you to Admissions on the day of your visit

Member Pass Reservations

Go to https://jacksonzoo.org/shop Choose the ticket with your preferred available date* Reserve at least one adult age 16 or older Click ADD TO CART Continue shopping for other adults (13 and up) and children (2-12 years old, under 2 years are free) on the SAME DATE, click ADD TO CART Go to CART Use code MJZ2020-08 zero out the charges Click CHECKOUT Print or save your order with BARCODE to bring with you to Admissions on the day of your visit Be prepared to show member card or valid ID to prove active membership. An inactive membership at the gate will invalidate the reservation, and the guest will be charged regular admission. MEMBERSHIPS THAT WERE ACTIVE ON SEPT. 30, 2019, HAVE BEEN EXTENDED, AND REMAIN ACTIVE. Memberships that expired BEFORE September 30 could not be extended. Former members can purchase daily general admission tickets.

RESCHEDULING PURCHASED TICKETS*

Go to https://jacksonzoo.org/shop Choose your ticket with your NEW preferred available date Reserve at least one adult age 16 or older Click ADD TO CART Continue shopping for other adults (13 and up) and children (2-12 years old, under 2 years are free) on the SAME DATE, then click ADD TO CART Go to CART Use code JZReserve Click CHECKOUT Bring BOTH new and previous barcode receipts with you on your visit.

*Guests presenting unused tickets from previous dates are not guaranteed entry.

Questions about your membership? Email admissions@jacksonzoo.org or call 601-352-2580 ext 231. For rescheduling issues, call 601-352-2580 ext 227 or email ejrivers@jacksonzoo.org

Important COVID-19 Guidelines

ADMISSION MUST BE SECURED ONLINE. Only 500 tickets and JZ Member reservations are allowed per day, and MUST be arranged BEFORE arrival online in our SHOP. Tickets need to be used on a specific date. Walk ups and incorrectly dated tickets are not guaranteed entry. FACE MASKS ARE REQUIREDunless medically or physically exempt for humans over the age of 2 years old, per CDC guidleines. NOTE: Until animal experts can find a way to make a tiger or a chimp wear a mask, all humans in the park will need to comply. We understand that some human children are very much like our animals when it comes to wearing a mask, but we ask that you try, maybe using the visit as practice to help keep our beloved animals safe. All guests and staff must abide by the 6′ social distancing measures at all times. Guests must follow the adjusted directional park trail (download current park map HERE)  All high-volume public rooms and spaces remain closed until further notice: Playgrounds, Gertrude C Ford Education Building, Water Creatures, Backyard Creatures, and Splash Pad. Gift Shop will have touch free outside access, and rides on the Endangered Species Carousel are limited and socially distanced with pretty bows, courtesy of Zoo Area Progressive Partnership ZAPP. (The Livingston Train is currently not running, but scheduled to return.)  Dippin’Dots, Brick Street Pops, and concessions from Sweet Taste’N will be available for purchase near the cafe seating area. (Masks are optional WHILE SEATED at the cafe.) Pepsi drink vending machines are also on grounds. No outside food or coolers are allowed inside the zoo, and all goodies must remain at the Cafe seating area. Social distancing rules must be followed while seated. Staff cleaning schedules have been increased for regular disinfecting, but we ask that you try not to touch windows or signs, if possible. We’ve added several sanitizing stations throughout the park.

Why We Ask People to Wear Masks

Because we are outdoors, many have asked us why the staff wears masks, and why we still ask all our guests to wear masks unless they are seated at the cafe.

We are an attraction that is home to over 200 animals that cannot wear a mask to protect themselves from illness. Therefore, we humans NEED to wear them, even if we are outdoors.

We want to be open to the public, as our animals and humans need each other for enrichment. However, COVID-19 is still far from predictable, and until we can be assured the safety of our residents, we will continue to require masks of all humans in the park.

Masks are sold at Admissions (2 for $1), and VisitJackson has donated cloth masks for our JZ Members. If you are over the age of 2 years old and are seen walking in the park without a mask, you will be asked by passing staff to either wear one, or if you have a medical exemption.

Our job is to keep these animals healthy. Please help us do it.

The Jackson Zoo is YOUR zoo… the more you visit, the more we can do!

Copyright 2020 The Jackson Zoo

ZoosFlash! Weekend Schedule Aug 21-23

Friday August 21 – Members Only

12 noon openDippin Dots, Brick Street Pops, Pepsi and other treats availableSocially distanced Endangered Species Carousel rides available ($2 each)2 pm Press Event with City of Jackson Parks & Recreation Director Ison B. Harris Jr3:30 pm Close

Saturday August 22 – General Admission and Members

10 am openDippin Dots, Brick Street Pops, Pepsi, and treats availableSocially distanced Endangered Species Carousel rides all day ($2 each)2 pm Terry Vandeventer’s Living Reptile Museum4 pm close

Sunday August 23 – General Admission and Members

1 pm openDippin Dots, Brick Street Pops, Pepsi, and treats availableSocially distanced Endangered Species Carousel rides all day ($2 each)2 pm Freedom Ranch Outreach Birds of Prey Presentation4 pm close

Reserving tickets or member passes online

General Admission Ticket Reservations

Go to https://jacksonzoo.org/shop Choose your ticket with your preferred available date Reserve at least one adult age 16 or older Click ADD TO CART Continue shopping for other adults (13 and up) and children (2-12 years old, under 2 years are free) on the SAME DATE, then click ADD TO CART Go to CART Use code JZReserve to pay on arrival with cash, debit or credit, or Click CHECKOUT to pay with credit, debit through PayPal Print or save your order with BARCODE to bring with you to Admissions on the day of your visit

Member Pass Reservations

Go to https://jacksonzoo.org/shop Choose the ticket with your preferred available date Reserve at least one adult age 16 or older Click ADD TO CART Continue shopping for other adults (13 and up) and children (2-12 years old, under 2 years are free) on the SAME DATE, click ADD TO CART Go to CART Use code MJZ2020-08 zero out the charges Click CHECKOUT Print or save your order with BARCODE to bring with you to Admissions on the day of your visit Be prepared to show member card or valid ID to prove active membership. An inactive membership at the gate will invalidate the reservation, and the guest will be charged regular admission.

MEMBERSHIPS THAT WERE ACTIVE ON SEPT. 30, 2019, HAVE BEEN EXTENDED, AND REMAIN ACTIVE. Memberships that expired BEFORE September 30 could not be extended. Although they will be kept on file, our membership program is on hold, so new or renewed memberships are unavailable at this time. Former members can purchase daily general admission tickets.

Questions about your membership? Email admissions@jacksonzoo.org or call 601-352-2580 ext 231 between 9 am and 4 pm Monday through Friday.

IMPORTANT: NEW COVID-19 GUIDELINES

ADMISSION MUST BE SECURED ONLINE. Daily tickets and JZ Member reservations are now required BEFORE arrival, and can be purchased/reserved online in our SHOP. Walk ups are not guaranteed entry. Only 500 persons are allowed in the park per day. Groups must be 10 persons or less. FACE MASKS ARE REQUIREDunless medically or physically exempt. NOTE: Until animal experts can find a way to make a tiger or a chimp wear a mask, all humans in the park will need to comply. We understand that some human children are very much like our animals when it comes to wearing a mask, but we ask that you try, maybe using the visit as practice to help keep our beloved animals safe. All guests and staff must abide by the 6′ social distancing measures at all times. Guests must follow the adjusted directional park trail (download current park map HERE)  All high-volume public rooms and spaces remain closed until further notice: Playgrounds, Gertrude C Ford Education Building, Water Creatures, Backyard Creatures, and Splash Pad. Gift Shop will have touch free outside access, and rides on the Endangered Species Carousel are limited and socially distanced with pretty bows, courtesy of Zoo Area Progressive Partnership ZAPP. (The Livingston Train is currently not running, but scheduled to return.)  Dippin’Dots, Brick Street Pops, and other treats will be available near the cafe seating area, and Pepsi vending machines are on grounds. No outside food or coolers are allowed inside the zoo, and all goodies must remain at the Cafe seating area. Social distancing rules must be followed while seated. Staff cleaning schedules have been increased for regular disinfecting, but we ask that you try not to touch windows or signs, if possible. We’ve added several sanitizing stations throughout the park.

Why visit the Jackson Zoo?

Get out of the house, taking a break from school and work with the family.Visit with and learn about some amazingly beautiful animals from all over the world.Check in with the dedicated JZ Staff and see their progress.Support an important Jackson attraction that has been in the community for over 100 years.

The Jackson Zoo is YOUR zoo. The more you visit, the more we can do in the future!

Copyright 2020 The Jackson Zoo

ZoosFlash! Opening to the Public Aug. 22!

The Jackson Zoo will welcome weekend guests THIS SATURDAY, August 22nd, at 10 am!

Of course, due to COVID-19 concerns, we are currently restricted in both capacity (under 500 persons per day) and hours (Saturdays 10 am to 4 pm, and Sundays 1 pm to 4 pm).

We have also instituted standard CDC approved safety guidelines throughout the park:

mandatory online advance ticket purchase and member reservation mask and social distancing requirements directional zoo paths additional sanitizing stations increased surface cleaning and other measures that will keep our animals, staff, and visitors better protected from illness.

SPECIAL MEMBERS’ DAY FRIDAY AUGUST 21

We wanted to share our very first day with our Zoo members, and invite them to joins us FRIDAY AUGUST 21st from 12 noon to 3:30 pm. This members-only viewing with our long time friends and neighbors will help gently re-introduce both staff and animals to increased human presence. We look forward to seeing you!

Any membership that was active on September 30, 2019, has had its expiration extended to reflect the length of our closure, and so remains active now*. Since our daily capacity is limited, all tickets or passes (even member visits) must be purchased or reserved before arrival to the park. Walk ups are not guaranteed entry.

Member Instructions

(please plan one day’s visit per order)

Go to https://jacksonzoo.org/shop Choose the number of MEMBER Reservations for Adults on a specific date that are included in your original membership Click ADD TO CART Click back to the SHOP to add number of children (no more than included in your original membership) Click ADD TO CART Use the code MJZ2020-08 in the coupon box to remove the cost of admission Proceed to check out (no exchange of funds will occur) Bring the order with barcode (either printed or on personal device) to Admissions with your member info on the day of your visit Your order will be completed at no charge with active membership

Please note that members will still have to scan their member card or show proof of active membership to redeem their reservation. An inactive membership at the gate will invalidate the reservation, and the guest will be charged regular admission.

*Memberships that expired BEFORE September 30 could not be extended. Although they will be kept on file, our membership program is on hold, so new or renewed memberships are unavailable at this time. Former members can purchase daily general admission tickets.

Questions about your membership? Email admissions@jacksonzoo.org or call 601-352-2580 ext 231 between 9 am and 4 pm Monday through Friday.

Eko the #SumatranTiger enjoys a summer treat! Photo by JZKeeper Alex

Copyright 2020 The Jackson Zoo