Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens - Jacksonville, Florida
This is the fourth of nine pages containing 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 reptiles and amphibians, River Valley Aviary birds, Emerald Forest Aviary birds, other bird exhibits, and plants, butterflies and insects.
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Page 4 of 9
This page includes a variety of primates and big cats.
A Guereza colobus keeps an eye on its buddies on the ground below.
An Angolan colobus and her 13-day-old baby.
Bonobo mother Jo-T is on the second level while her just-under-two-years-old son Lukuru swings from the ropes on the first level.
Jo-T went to the very top of the structure, but Lukuru was too small to reach. After Lukuru called to his mother for a bit, she flug a long arm down and pulled him up with her. He sat with her for all of about one minute before he continued climbing. (Jo-T and her son have quite a bit more hair on their heads than is usual for bonobos.)
The young female mandrill on the left was doing her best to get the male on the right interested in her.
The female on the left is the same one as in the prior photo. Here she glares at the older female who has a baby mandrill hanging from her.
The baby's father is the male in the prior photo.
Not long after I shot this photo, the train which circles the zoo went by. After it passed, the gorilla turned away from the window and went to a grassy section inside this exhibit. Apparently he heard the train coming and went to watch.
A younger (smaller) gorilla enjoying a snooze on a hot afternoon.
South African Lions
It wouldn't be the Jacksonville Zoo without a few jaguars. Here's one of them.
(Jacksonville pro football team is 'Jacksonville Jaguars'.)
Six-month-old Sumatran tiger, Kinleigh Rose. She's still a cub and wasn't sitting down for very long.
Berani is Kinleigh's dad.
Penari, a Malayan tiger.
Jaya, Penari's brother, submerged most of his body in the pool to keep cool.
An Amur leopard in a typical cat pose.
All photos © S. M. Garver