Halloween is closer than you think! The JZKeepers are setting up a Scavenger Hunt through the zoo, there will be spooky rides on the Endangered Species Carousel, a Haunted Cavern, a Labyrinth to solve, the Boogie Bash Dance Party, PLUS free cotton candy and a chance at taking home the Jelly Bean Jackpot! THEN the kids will be able to travel down Trick or Treat Row for candy from Century First Federal Credit Union, CommFirst Federal Credit Union, Eagle Express Federal Credit Union, Jackson Area Federal Credit Union, Keesler Federal Credit Union, Members Exchange, Rivertrust Federal Credit Union, and Statewide Federal Credit Union.
This is a COVID-conscious event, with everything either touch free or socially distanced, and masks are required for the safety of our animals, staff and other guests. So go ahead and reserve/purchase tickets now for SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31st, 12 noon until 4 pm. Cost for the event is regular admission, with ages 13 and up getting in for $8, $5 for ages 2-12, and children under 2 years old are free. Admission ends at 3 pm.
When purchased or reserved online at jacksonzoo.org/shop, each adult transaction can get up to four (4) children under 12 years old in for FREE courtesy of the Credit Unions of Mississippi and City of Jackson Parks and Recreation while supplies last. *Each transaction must have at least one adult ticket reserved, and only four free children’s tickets are allowed per order.
Tickets are also available for THIS COMING Thursday through Sunday ONLINE via credit or debit OR you can RESERVE ONLINE and pay CASH ONLY when you arrive. Last ticket sold every day at 2:45 pm – make sure you arrive by 3 pm!
Endangered Species carousel rides are $2 each. Hot Diggity Dog, Dippin’ Dots, and Brick Street Pops are open on weekends, and there are Pepsi machines. No outside food or beverages (except water) are allowed on zoo grounds, but we encourage families to use Livingston Park for their picnicking, as long as they take their trash out with them. Don’t forget your masks! Guests will not be admitted without one, and they may be asked at anytime they are on grounds to wear it near certain exhibits.
Jackson Zoo welcomes the JZKeepers AAZK Chapter!
Our small but dedicated band of JZKeepers has recently been officially accepted as a chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers!
Being a part of this non-profit allows the keepers to raise money for additional enrichment and supplies for our zoo animals (which they often pay for themselves). It also helps with funding conservation projects locally (recycling and wildlife programs in the area) and internationally (Bowling for Rhinos).
PLUS it gives the animal care staff here access to training tools and services in connection with the nearly 5,000 other professional zoo keepers in the US. Check them out online at JZKeepers.com (still under development) or on Facebook.com/JZKeepersAAZKChapter.
Eko the #SumatranTiger catches a whiff of some scent enrichment placed in his yard.
ENRICHMENT: To increase value or quality by the addition or increase of some desirable quality, attribute, or ingredient.
ANIMAL ENRICHMENT: To introduce new scents, objects, or food inside exhibits in order to stimulate natural behaviors and keep animals positively engaged.
DID YOU KNOW: when you visit the zoo, you are getting enrichment, and the animals get enrichment from you!
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