Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens - Jacksonville, Florida
This is the third of nine pages of creatures and plants I viewed at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens in Jacksonville, Florida, on visits taken between July 2015 and September 2017. Subsequent pages include primates and big cats, reptiles and amphibians, River Valley Aviary birds, Emerald Forest Aviary birds, other bird exhibits, and plants, butterflies and insects.
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Page 3 of 9

This is the first page of creatures which are part of the permanent zoo population. The animals on this page are native to Africa and Australia.

These southern white rhinos sit in the shade doing their best to ignore the black vultures who are native to North Florida. Behind the rhinos is a Marabou stork which is native to southern Africa.
[Two rhinos are lieing on the grass in the shade of multiple trees. Part of a third rhino is visible behind the two in front. At least a dozen black vultures stand on the ground around the rhinos. A stork stands behind the rhino but its height makes most of its body visible. It has black feathers on its body and had a grey neck and head.]

This is an okapi. Although it looks like it's part zebra, its closest relative is the giraffe.
[This creature has a brown body and head while its legs and hind end are black and white stripes.]

This is a reticulated giraffe, one of the nine sub-species of giraffes.
The giraffe is waiting to be fed.
[The giraffe stands beside the elevated covered platform which forms part of the visitor walkway. There are rocks at the edge of the platform to keep it from getting too close, but its head can still reach the top rail of the platform.]

Giraffe resting in the shade on a hot day.
[A large giraffe has its front legs folded so its belly is against the ground. The back legs appear to be folded to its side. Its neck parallels a palm tree trunk although the neck is thinner. There are several other tree trunks nearby and the giraffe is in the shade of these trees.]

A youngster on the move.
[A young giraffe is galloping from left to right. It's head is bent down as it moves and its tail is straight out behind it.]

These two youngsters nearly appear to be mirror images as they face opposite directions.
[Two young giraffes stand in the shade with their hind ends apparently touching. Their front ends away from each other and their heads face opposite directions--one directly faces the camera while the other face completely to the back end of the exhibit.]

Bento, a yellow-backed duiker, had been in this exhibit for less than two weeks when I got this image. Apparently he was curious about his neighbors.
[This deer-like creature with two short spikes atop his head and a light-colored section on his hind rump (rest of him in dark brown) has his nose touching a log fence as he appears to be trying to look between the logs to see what is on the other side.]

Eastern bongo (a forest-dwelling antelope)
[This deer-like creature has two very long, slightly curved horns on its head. It has thin white stripes on its orange-brown (bright chestnut) fur. It has its legs bent under it as it rests on the ground near a wood-log fence.]

Greater kudu (second largest antelope in the world)
[Three deer-like creatures lie near each other on the ground in the shade of trees. Only the one nearest the camera has horns and they are long and twisted upward and to its back. The kudus have thin white stripes on its light brown fur. ]

A Masai ostrich
(There are two sub-species of ostriches.)
[A left side view of the head, neck, and upper torso of an ostrich. Its head and neck have no feathers and has a pink hue.]

Ostriches have only two toes, but considering the size of them, it's no wonder they can run so fast. Their feet look like hooves!
[A front view of the entire ostrich. Both eyes are visible as it looks straight ahead. It has white feathers in a ring around its neck and hanging down from its wings. The body is a dark brown and the neck, head, and legs are pink. The one toe is much larger than the other, but both are large. It has knobby knees.]

The emu is the second-largest bird on earth and has quite an interesting ear and red eyes. (Ostrich is the largest bird.)
[Right side of the face and neck of an emu behind a wire fence. Its mouth is partially open and its eyelid is covering the lower third of its eyeball. The ear is a circular hole behind the mouth and eye. The feathers on its head and neck are so short that they look more like fur.]

The emu has beautiful feathers.
[Two emus, facing the camera, are on the ground resting. Their feathers on their body appear similar to a person's head who's hair has been parted down the center. The feathers appeart to have a part down the spine of the bird and the feathers fall at different levels down the sides.]

The third-largest bird is the southern cassowary which is native to Australia.
[A close view through a fence of the head of this colorful, almost prehistoric-looking, creature. This bird has a large wedge-shaped horn-like protrusion on the top of its head. This bird has a blue head and neck, a red-orange eye, a red patch on the back of its neck near its black-feathered body. Its feathers are similar to the emu with the part down the back and the feathers falling to the side. ]

A red kangaroo. Its tail is really thick!
[A front view of the entire kangaroo as it has all four limbs on the ground and it faces the camera. It has very long ears. It's long tail looks thicker than its front upper limbs.]

A Tammar wallaby.
[A front side view of the wallaby as it stands on its hind feet. Its front is bent forward, but those limbs are in the air.]

Warthog.
[The warthog stands by a bamboo fence covered with wire. This creature has long tusks coming out of the end of its snout. It has two sets of 'warts' on its shout that appear to be knobby horns.]

On May 11, 2017, mama warthog gave birth to two male and two female warthogs. The youngsters are just over four months old in this image.
[The mother warthog stands while all four youngsters nurse. On the right is a female on her knees with her belly resting on the ground. One of her brothers is behind her and noticeably larger than her. The mother's head blocks the view of the two nursing on her other side. The mother's head is fully visible and her whitish horns stick out from the sides of her elongated snout.]

I believe this is one of the female younsters.
[The young warthog is walking from right to left. It has a long mane which extends from the top of its head to the middle (half the length) of its body. The mane is a darker brown than its fur. It has a long skinny tail.]

Asian small-clawed otter.
[This otter was recently in the water and its damp fur is slicked back. It is all brown with its face toward the camera. It has small rounded ears, long light-tan whiskers, and a dark brown nose.]

Continue to Jacksonville Zoo page 4 of 9 to see the big cats and primates.

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