UPDATE: Zoo to Remain Closed to the Public on Wednesday, September 13.
Full-time staff who were scheduled to work tomorrow, please report to work to assist with clean-up if possible. If you are not able, please communicate with your supervisor.
Zoo to Close Due to Hurricane Irma
Closed to the Public Sunday and Monday
September 8, 2017-- Jacksonville, FL – Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens (JZG) will be closed on Sunday and Monday for all day-guests, educational programs, and events. Currently, the Zoo will reopen on Tuesday, September 12th, pending any unforeseen wind or water damage.
“Every precaution is being taken to ensure the well-being of our patrons, employees and their families and our animals,” said Executive Director of the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Tony Vecchio.
The Zoo will be open regular business hours tomorrow. Campground Critters performances will be cancelled.
Animals will be kept in or near their night houses for their safety as the storm approaches. The large animals and carnivores will be secured in their indoor quarters during the storm. State-of-the-art video equipment will allow animals to be monitored at all times.
A select group of Zoo staff stay behind to ride out the storm and protect the animals and the facility. With the possibility of bridge closures, the need to have staff on grounds to feed and care for animals is paramount.
The Zoo is paying particularly close attention to its new Manatee Critical Care Center and the two manatees in residence, as it is the only new exhibit opened since Hurricane Matthew passed through in 2016.
The Zoo hopes everyone in Jacksonville remains safe and will announce additional closings and re-openings on their Facebook page.