The #BallPython is a master at camouflage! Photo: JZKeeper Alex
Hot Diggity Dog, Dippin’ Dots, and Brick Street Pops are open, weather permitting. Pepsi machines are at several locations throughout the park.
Rides on the Endangered Species Carousel are only $2 per seat.
BONUS: Although we are still working on unfinished projects inside, the Backyard Creatures building is now open to ten guests at a time!
Special Chats This Thursday & Friday
Eko always wants to get into the action! Photo by JZKeeper Alex
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, EKO! Our “baby” #SumatranTiger will turn SEVEN YEARS OLD this week! How big is he now? What is his favorite treat? Does he like mornings? Find out all this and more from his lead keeper, Alexandra Terrell. She will be outside his exhibit Thursday, May 20th, at 11 am, to talk with guests about his daily habits and personal quirks, as well as the importance of zoo-born animals for endangered species.
On Friday, May 21st, at 11 am, JZ Keeper Alex will also be talking about Endangered Species Day 2021 during her Tiger Chat. Zoos, refuges, and wildlife caregivers all over the world shine a special light on all the species that either are endangered, or whose numbers are decreasing at such a rate that they are at risk.
The Jackson Zoo has twelve officially endangered species in the park: Sumatran tiger, Reticulated giraffe, Asiatic black bear, Fishing cat, White-handed gibbon, Red-ruffed lemur, Southern white rhino, Grevy’s Zebra, Eastern black & white colobus, Amur leopard, Red wolf, and Pygmy hippo. We are also home to many species that are currently “vulnerable,” or have numbers decreasing in the wild, like Cotton-top tamarins and Wattled cranes. We are also very proud to be a part of the initiative to save Red wolves (still endangered) and Ne Ne Geese, which are two species brought back from the brink of extinction by conservationists and zoos.
By raising awareness of the decline of these species, and the groups that are working hard to save them, more and more people can understand the importance of conservation in all areas, even in communities and cities. Click here for a list of great conservation organizations and how they help save species. Every time you visit the zoo, and share your experience with others, you help us help wildlife! THANK YOU!
Fun Conservation Challenge
How many items on this list can you change in your home without spending any extra money?
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