Mama Flo and Zevon the #CottonTopTamarins deomnstrate “backwards” and “Forwards” in unison! Photo y JZKeeper Alex

It’s time to SPRING FORWARD again! This Sunday, March 14th, at 2 a.m., we need to set all clocks FORWARD one hour as we begin Daylight Saving Time for 2021.

#RedRuffedLemurs are famous for their sun worship! Photo by JZKeeper Christian

Spring Break is next week! Since most of the local schools are out next week, we arranged our staff and projects so that we can be open for a few hours each weekday of the break. Go ahead and reserve or purchase tickets for any weekday between March 15 and 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in our webshop.

You can also find the tickets to March 13 & 14, and March 20 & 21, Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 4 PM on the webpage as well. Visitors 13 years old and up are $8 each, ages 2-12 years old are $5 each, and children under 2 years old are free. Rides on the Endangered Species Carousel are $2 each. (We do also plan to be open Easter weekend on April 3 & 4, but those tickets won’t go up until Monday, March 29th.) Hot Diggity Dog, Dippin’ Dots, and Brick Street Pops will be open as well, and the Pepsi machines are at several locations throughout the park.

Thursdays in April & May are now open to school groups! If you are interested in getting both in-class and virtual students out of the pandemic grind, the reservation form for a school group zoo visit is now live on our Education page at!

Teachers or school administrators can reserve space on Thursdays in April or May between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. for their students at discount prices. Although our inside spaces and playgrounds are still closed due to the virus, kids can still walk the park and say hi to all the animals, take a ride on the Endangered Species Carousel for $1, and purchase treats from Hot Diggity Dog, Dippin Dots, and Brick Street Pops.

Our capacity remains at 500 people per day, so reservations are taken on a first come/first serve basis. Since we won’t be open to the public, teachers and students are able to better handle COVID-19 health guidelines, even if other school groups may be present at the zoo. We still require six foot distancing between groups AND the wearing of masks until all humans in the Metro area are vaccinated. Larger groups of 200 or more can arrange to have a day all to themselves, if they prefer. All the details are at, or reply to this email with questions!

Mojo the #Chimp recently celebrated his 12th birthday with some ice treats! Photo by JZKeeper Morgan

Thank you for supporting our keepers! Many thanks to May Bridges and Charles Huell, Jr., for their recent Animal Adoptions and Keeper Boosters!

We’ve are also updating our JZKeeper Amazon Wishlist, where the animal care staff chooses everyday items that are incredibly helpful but are not necessarily in immediate supply. Once purchased on Amazon by the donor, it can be shipped directly to the Keepers, and the receipt can be kept for tax purposes!

Face masks are still required! We know everyone is ready to get back to something akin to “normal” after the pandemic, but many have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19. Until we can be sure of our staff’s, animals’, and other guests’ safety, we remain vigilant in following CDC health guidelines.

Per the City of Jackson’s mask mandate, and the Governor’s county mask mandate, we will continue to require all guests above the age of 5 years old to properly wear a mask every where in the park unless seated at the cafe.

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