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    Zoo exhibit allows tigers to walk over people

    by S.Ottie Updated Mar 9, 2014
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    Opened in March of 2014, "Land of the Tiger" is the latest and most elaborate of the newer exhibits that have opened at the Jacksonville Zoo over the past couple decades. The tigers here are actually the crown jewel of a whole new extension of the "Asia" part of the park. Leading up to the tigers, the human and animal areas (featuring Asian otters and pigs) are somewhat woven together. The entrance to the tiger area features an aerial tunnel that allows the big cats to walk over the heads of spectators. Well-designed indoor viewing areas feature huge windows that provide views of both the above and underwater exhibit areas.

    The Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens celebrates its 100th year of operation in 2014. Over the past century it has become one of the finest in the Southeast, if not the country. Located along the Trout River, north of Downtown, exhibits include tigers, Komodo dragons, jaguars, penguins, stingrays, giraffes, elephants, and more than 2,000 animal species.

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    See Asian dragons at the Jacksonville Zoo

    by S.Ottie Updated Mar 8, 2014

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    In 2009, the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens first opened its now expanding Asian-themed part of the park, featuring a popular komodo dragon exhibit, bamboo gardens, and a koi pond. This area is located in the back of the zoo, near the Trout River.

    The Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens celebrates its 100th year of operation in 2014. Over the past century it has become one of the finest in the Southeast, if not the country. Located along the Trout River, north of Downtown, exhibits include Komodo dragons, jaguars, penguins, tigers (new in 2014), stingrays, giraffes, elephants, and more than 2,000 animal species.

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    Touch stingrays at the Jacksonville Zoo

    by S.Ottie Written Mar 7, 2014
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    Since 2008, visitors to the Jacksonville Zoo have had the opportunity (for a small fee) to pet and feed a variety of rays at the park's Stingray Bay attraction. Swimming around the edges of a 17,000 gallon pool, the rays do not seem to shy away from human contact, though they can be rather quick. Unlike rays in the wild, these rays do not pose any danger of stinging you with barbs. The pool is situated under a permanent tent as well, providing shelter from the Florida sun.

    The Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens celebrates its 100th year of operation in 2014. Over the past century it has become one of the finest in the Southeast, if not the country. Located along the Trout River, north of Downtown, exhibits include giraffes, komodo dragons, jaguars, penguins, tigers (new in 2014), stingrays, elephants, and more than 2,000 animal species.

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    Feed giraffes at their eye level at the Jax Zoo

    by S.Ottie Written Mar 7, 2014
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    One of the Jacksonville Zoo's popular attractions is the giraffe overlook. For a slight charge, you can feed giraffes from a platform that puts you face to face with these gentle creatures. Even if you don't pay to actually feed them though, you can still look over the shoulder of someone who does and experience the thrill of being face to face just the same.

    The Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens celebrates its 100th year of operation in 2014. Over the past century it has become one of the finest in the Southeast, if not the country. Located along the Trout River, north of Downtown, exhibits include giraffes, komodo dragons, jaguars, penguins, tigers (new in 2014), stingrays, elephants, and more than 2,000 animal species.

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    See real jaguars in Jacksonville at the zoo!

    by S.Ottie Written Mar 6, 2014

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    Inspired by the city's beloved NFL football franchise, "Range of the Jaguar" is the largest jaguar exhibit in North America. Centerpiece of the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, the exhibit is designed to resemble a recreated Latin American village that leads to a jaguar viewing area. A temple-like building next to the viewing area houses snakes, frogs, and other creatures of the Amazon region.

    The Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens celebrates its 100th year of operation in 2014. Over the past century it has become one of the finest in the Southeast, if not the country. Located along the Trout River, north of Downtown, exhibits include jaguars, penguins, tigers (new in 2014), stingrays, giraffes, elephants, komodo dragons, and more than 2,000 animal species.

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    See Penguins in Florida at the Jacksonville Zoo!

    by S.Ottie Written Mar 6, 2014

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    The "Tuxedo Coast" exhibit at the Jacksonville Zoo features several Magellianic penguins that can be viewed above water by everyone and below water by children, or those adults like myself willing to squat down to a child's level. Penguins are one of my favorite animals, so I was quite happy when the zoo opened this exhibit a few years ago.

    The Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens celebrates its 100th year of operation in 2014. Over the past century it has become one of the finest in the Southeast, if not the country. Located along the Trout River, north of Downtown, exhibits include penguins, jaguars, tigers (new in 2014), stingrays, giraffes, elephants, komodo dragons, and more than 2,000 animal species.

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  • Stingray Exhibit at the Jacksonville Zoo

    by madcowmemories Written Apr 4, 2009
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    The Sting Ray Exhibit is awesome, especially if you have kids. My kids loved it. They got to not only see the stingrays, but pet them as well. One note - you have to pay an additional fee to see this exhibit.

    We live in the area and go to this zoo often. On this particular trip, the rhinos were fighting and the jaguar was out and active. It seems like every time we go, you get to see something new. You can see all of these animals and more in our "Our Day at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens" at http://www.armadillopepper.com. Click on the "Fun Stuff" link.

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  • Stingray Exhibit at the Jacksonville Zoo

    by madcowmemories Written Apr 4, 2009
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    The Sting Ray Exhibit is awesome, especially if you have kids. My kids loved it. They got to not only see the stingrays, but pet them as well. One note - you have to pay an additional fee to see this exhibit.

    We live in the area and go to this zoo often. On this particular trip, the rhinos were fighting and the jaguar was out and active. It seems like every time we go, you get to see something new. You can see all of these animals and more in our "Our Day at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens" at http://www.armadillopepper.com. Click on the "Fun Stuff" link.

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    Fun day at the Zoo

    by kristy29 Written Jul 13, 2005

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    Feeding the birds

    This is a nice Zoo, they have a lot of animals. I liked feeding the birds. You can buy (for like a dollar) a cup of nectar, and you walk into this area full of birds, and they come up to you and eat the nectar from your hand.

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    A Great Zoo that deserves more attention!

    by MatthewMetcalfe Written Jun 14, 2004

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    The Jacksonville Zoo is a real Gem for the city. I had visited the city many times but had never gotten to the Zoo. I wish I had seen it earlier.

    The Zoo has the full Spectrum of Animals and they were building a rather large Jaguar exhibit that looked promising.

    Some of the pathways are elevated boardwalks which helps with spotting the animals. They have a great exhibit on local wildlife as well.

    For the kids, they have a pretty good petting zoo and the walk in bird exhibit is a riot.

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