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Ali the elephant, previously owned by singer Michael Jackson, escaped his enclosure at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens on Sunday.

Baby Bongo Born At Jacksonville Zoo

Jun 15, 2018
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The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is celebrating the June 13 birth of an Eastern bongo calf.

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One of two recently rescued manatees recuperating at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ Manatee Critical Care Center is ready to be released.

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A manatee found stranded on Vilano Beach last Sunday is being treated at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens' Manatee Critical Care Center.  


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The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens will soon feel just a bit like Jurassic Park, but without the danger.

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The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is inviting the public to come out Saturday to meet Rocky and Jaggar in person for the first time.

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Friday is Groundhog Day.

But here in Jacksonville, the animal doing the annual spring forecast isn’t a groundhog but Spike the Prognosticating Porcupine.

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The Sumatran tiger cubs at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens we first told you about in November now have names.

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The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is showing off two of its most recent additions.

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UPDATE: A second healthy female giraffe was born Friday, Nov. 24 at the zoo.

ORIGINAL STORY: Everyone at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has something extra special to be thankful for this Thanksgiving week.

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The First Coast is home to an orchid so rare it has been declared endangered in Florida.

bar in Amelia Island
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A hurricane that hit North Florida, the continued spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus and a horrific massacre in Orlando haven't slowed the appeal of the Sunshine State for tourists, according to state officials.

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Maybe you’re waiting until New Year’s to bust out that fancy new outfit Santa brought you and party like a jolly elf all night long. Or maybe you want to be in bed by 8 while the rest of the world cheers for a falling ball. Either way, the First Coast has a free event to help you ring in 2016. Here’s a sampling:

Downtown Jacksonville

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The Jacksonville Zoo is celebrating the hatching of two very different species of endangered animals.

The zoo recently welcomed Louisiana Pine Snakes...and a South American Magellanic penguin.