Aviation Authority Helps Zoo

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority in Florida has teamed up with the Jacksonville Zoo to provide tree clippings and shrubbery (also known as “browse”)  to the zoo’s animals. The area around the airport offers natural vegetation year round that will supplement the diets of the zoo’s giraffes, okapis, great apes, and elephants.

According to Michael Stewart, JAA’s Director of External Affairs, “This partnership is going to make a tremendous impact to the amount of healthy browse needed by our local zoo. We’re pleased that we can provide the zoo access to property that meets their need to supply an enriched diet of seasonal trees and shrubs to such a variety of animals.”

Next time you’re at the zoo, you just might see a giraffe or an elephant eating leaves from the airport!

Elephants eating clippings at Jacksonville Zoo

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Jacksonville Zoo Welcomes Jaguar Cub

Harry, a jaguar who was born January 1st, made his official public debut on Monday at the Jacksonville Zoo.

He been staying in a holding area with his mother, Zassi. To mark his first appearance officials made speeches and then the mother and cub tore open pinatas containing meat.

Harry is the first jaguar born at the zoo in 28 years.  He was named by an 11-year-old girl whose parents had won the naming rights at a fundraiser; Harry is the name of her younger brother.

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