For over 100 years, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has aimed to inspire the discovery and appreciation of wildlife through innovative experiences in a caring environment. As a non-profit organization and premier resource for education, conservation, and recreation, we use our position in the community to educate and provide free field trips and teacher-led educational programs to over 110,000 children each year. In 2016, the Zoo reached a milestone of over 1,000,000 annual visitors and remains the First Coast’s premier regional attraction.
On Saturday, September 16, 2017, the Zoo hosted Fiesta del Jaguar, in celebration of Hispanic culture and conservation. Guests were treated to a taste of Latin American cuisine, live music, festive games, dancing, and educational programs. The Zoo’s award-winning Range of the Jaguar exhibit, hosted educational information about the Zoo’s conservation initiatives with the Central American ‘Hicatee’ River Turtle and the South American jaguar. The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens supports over 45 conservation initiatives both locally and globally. This year marks the second annual Fiesta del Jaguar event in partnership with the First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, of which the Zoo is a proud member and partner. To learn more about us, visit our website at: jacksonvillezoo.org.