Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

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United States of America - Florida - Jacksonville

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International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

About the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

For decades, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has given Jacksonville and Northeast Florida residents a place to love animals. Now our mission is to offer our community a public place to love plants, while setting a new standard for zoos in the process. We are in the process of building a first-of-its-kind botanical garden inside our Zoo that, unlike other zoos, is separate from the adjuncts to animals.

Unlike most other growing and culturally-rich cities, Jacksonville cannot list a botanical garden as one of its cultural treasures. Beyond filling an educational need, botanical gardens benefit their communities in many ways. They become tourist attractions, benefit the green industry, serve as an employer and pump millions of construction dollars and salaries into the regional economy.

Main Address:
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
370 Zoo Parkway
Florida 32218 United States of America

Telephone: (904) 757-4463
Fax: (904) 714-4441
URL: www.jaxzoo.org/botanical/
Primary Email: horticulture@jacksonvillezoo.org

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Bob Chabot, Director of Horticulture & Facilities
    Curator's Name:
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Chris Dailey, Horticulture Manager
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 8
    Educational Staff Number: 1
    Research Staff Number: 1
    Administration Staff Number: 1

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Zoological Institution
  • Status
  • Status: Private: Yes
    Status: Municipal: Yes
  • Date founded: 1925
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 2 Hectares
  • Total Area: 36 Hectares
    Latitude: 30.4022360
    Longitude: -81.6441500
    Annual Rainfall: 1300 mm
    Altitude: 3.00 Metres
    Total area of shadehouses: 600 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Arboretum: No
  • Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 500

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 650
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 800
  • Special Collections:African plants - mostly from the south summer rainfall aeas.
    Australian plants - mostly from the south
    Florida (native).

Conservation Programmes

Research Programmes

  • Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes