Meeko the #AsiaticBlackBear (endangered species) can smell 300X better than a human. Photo: JZStaff EJ

Friday April 8th is National Zoo Lovers Day!

The zoos of today and the zoos of yesterday are two completely different animals – pun intended! The modern zoological park has become both an educational endeavor and a key to the survival of many species that have seen declining numbers due to human choices.

Today, zookeepers protect the animals in their care, help teach others about how important it is to take batter care of our environment and its species, and play a role in helping preserve biodiversity on the planet. In fact, zoo-assisted species survival and reintroduction programs have kept animals like the Hawaiian Ne-Ne goose and the Red wolf from going extinct. Zoos support rescue efforts all over the world to stop the exploitation and abuse of species like the Asiatic Black bear (pictured). There are even some species that we have only been able to learn about because of zoos, like the Pygmy hippo. The #1 way to support your Jackson Zoo is to visit, so help us reZOOvenate! Tickets for our regular hours Thursday through Sunday 10 am to 4 pm can be purchased online with your debit/credit card, or we accept cash at the Admissions window. Last ticket sold daily at 3 pm.

Zoo Day on April 30th

Mark your calendar for SATURDAY, APRIL 30TH from 11 am to 3 pm to come out with AmeriCorps NCCC and enjoy the animals, some bounce houses, and outdoor games and activities to celebrate spring!

The cost will be regular admission ($8 for adults 12 years old and up, $5 for children aged 2-12 years, and under 2 years old are free), and every child gets one free ride on the Endangered Species Carousel.Dippin Dots and Hot Diggity Dog will have treats for sale, and Pepsi machines are always on grounds. Tickets are available on the JZ Shop Page!

Volunteer Landscaping Days

The Asian Garden across from the #SumatranTiger exhibit.

JZGroundskeeper Mr. Hassan is need of some help around the park on some upcoming Saturdays. On Saturday April 16th, older teens and adults are invited out to help with leaf and debris removal, pruning, and trimming. The hours are from 8-10 am, and those who can bring their own yard tools would be very much appreciated.

Saturday April 30th will be a part of Global Youth Service Days with AmeriCorps NCCC. Families wishing to introduce their younger children to the idea of community service can sign up to help tidy up the public spaces between 8 and 10 am, then enjoy some time when the animals come outside for the day. Get details on our Zoo Crew Volunteers Page and fill out the form to get on the volunteer list. Spaces are limited!

JZKeeper Chat

#WesternDiamondbackRattlesnake Photo: JZKeeper Alex

MYTH: “Snakes will chase you.”

TRUTH: There are no statistics about snakes “chasing” humans because no one has ever had a valid report of it happening. Snakes can and will strike out a few feet when cornered or threatened, but usually snap back and try to escape or hide further.

MYTH: “Snake bites will kill you.”

TRUTH: Snake bites CAN be fatal if left unattended. People who are bitten by a venomous snake in our area and get immediate medical attention have a 99% rate of full recovery.

If you or someone with you gets bitten by any unknown animal in the wild, it is always best to be seen by a medical professional as soon as possible, if only to make sure you don’t have some sort of individual reaction to the bite.

As we move into warmer weather and more outdoor activities, pay attention to what’s going on around you. Be vigilant about where you step or place your hands, especially in the woods or around streams, ponds, or lakes. Most snakes – keeping a watchful eye out for predators in self-defense – will put out a warning of some kind if you get too close, giving you plenty of time to go the other way. Most importantly, fight the urge to automatically kill any snake you see. Out of thousands of subspecies of snakes that live naturally in the US, only 4 are venomous. All the others that you might run across are a food source for larger species of animals, help control rodent population and, in the case of King snakes, help control the population of other more dangerous snakes!

Always be S.A.F.E when you see a snake on your outdoor adventures: Stop – About Face – Exit!

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