Some of our #AmericanFlamingos understand social distancing, but others… not so much!

Being Social Safely

The concerning rise in COVID-19 Delta variant cases has caused us to reinstate our mask policy in public spaces, despite the fact that we are a mostly outdoor venue. We are not only worried about our vaccinated staff and our animals (yes, animals can get COVID-19, too), but also our friends, families, and communities that are dealing with a second wave of this pandemic.

We highly encourage everyone who can to get the COVID-19 vaccination, and we do require ALL guests (vaccinated or not) to wear their masks inside the Gift Shop, inside the Backyard Creatures house, under the Splash Pad lounge, and whenever they are within 6 feet of other staff or guests or animal exhibits.

Guests will not be admitted without producing (or purchasing) a mask for use during their visit, and they may be asked at anytime they are on grounds to wear it near certain exhibits. Please, let’s all do our part to take care of each other.

Get your tickets now for this Thursday through Sunday ONLINE via credit or debitOR you can RESERVE ONLINE and pay CASH ONLY when you arrive.

13 years old and up are $8
2-12 years old are $5
Children under 2 years old are free
Last ticket sold every day at 2:45 pm – make sure you arrive by 3 pm!

Splash Pad is included, and Endangered Species carousel rides are $2 each.
Hot Diggity Dog, Dippin’ Dots, and Brick Street Pops are open weekends and holidays, there are Pepsi machines on grounds, and we do allowed bottled water. We also encourage parents and teachers who do want to bring food to use Livingston Park for their picnicking. No outside food or beverages (except water) are allowed on zoo grounds.

Big Mike the #WhiteRhino gets to look at the Flamingos every day! Photo: JZKeeper Alex

Volunteer This Saturday with ZAPP

This Saturday (August 21st) Zoo Area Progressive Partnership ZAPP will being doing some washing up around the park. The rocking chairs, benches, tables, and any publicly accessible touchable area will be wiped down, if possible.
This is actually a really fun way for “littles” to learn about service, so if you want to sign up to participate, just go to the ZAPP page and register for the event.
Next week, the students from Belhaven University will be coming in for their own service day to repaint the chairs and tables.
The entire zoo staff sends their appreciation for everyone helping out these two mornings! Other opportunities coming up, just check out the Jackson Zoo Crew Volunteer page.

Rewarding World of Animal Care

The world of zookeeping is not easy, “all fun and games,” or even what you see on tv shows. It’s a lot of cleaning, walking, lifting, observation, record-keeping, researching, planning, and projects. You will have to work weekends and holidays, and in every type of weather.
But the moment the giraffe nudges you to get more willow branches, it feels like your birthday and Christmas all rolled into one. You won’t even mind the drool.
We have another position still open, so if something like this appeals to you, CLICK TO FIND OUT MORE!

Keeper Support

How do we keep animals active and engaged? It’s called enrichment, and it’s one of the most important parts of animal care. ´╗┐To help our hardworking keepers, we put up the JZKeeper Support page, where keeper fans can purchase and donate directly from the JZ Keeper Amazon Wish List, or send digital gift cards through or Amazon, that donate towards the cost of certain specific items for the animals or keeper care needs.
Any questions can be directed to JZKeepers, or by calling 769-246-7747.

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