The below photos have been added to their respective sections of the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens section of this website in early October 2017. I assembled them here so you could focus on the new images.

- - - - - - - - - - - - -

Violet curaco
[The bird sits on a thick branch; its legs and feet are not visible. Its body is blue and black. Its head is black, maroon, light-yellow, and red and has a white stripe through the black portion. Its bill is orange.]

Cape Barren goose (native to Australia)
[This tan bird stands on the dirt beside a round feeding bowl which has been turned on its side so the seeds spill on the ground. The bird has a two-toned bill which is white on top and has a black strip on the bottom. Its entire head, belly, and back are the same light brown color. It has light pink legs and dark grey feet.]

The legs on a greater flamingo really fold flat.
[The main flamingo in the image sits on the ground with the two halves of its legs completely parallel to each other and the ground. Its feet are also spread flat and they and the legs are nearly completely under the bird--only the back knees are easily seen. The flamingos white neck and head is curved into an ess shape. Its bill is bright pink.]

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.]

These juvenile black-crowned night herons were on the back side of an exhibit in the Africa section of the zoo.
(These herons are local to the North Florida region and not part of a zoo exhibit.)
[Three young herons stand within a foot of each other all with their beaks facing to the right. Two are in shallow water and one in the mud. They are brown white and blue-grey with more brown than blue.]

Northern bald ibis
[The bird's long curved red bill points to the right side of the image. Its yellow eyes with a black center stick out from its head. The feathers on its head start half-way down the back; the rest of the head is feather-free. The image is of the head and upper torso of the bird.]

Mandarin duck
[The duck stands with its head turned back toward its body. This colorul bird has a white stomach with tan, green-brown, blue, and maroon on its back. It has patches of all those colors on its head. The duck has a pink-red beak and a dark eye in the middle of a light-tan section.]

Black-faced ibis
[The bill and area around the eye is dark grey-black on this bird which faces to the left in the image. The rest of the head and the neck is rusty light brown. The back and sides of the bird has large brown feathers. The back end of the bird has dark brown feathers.]

Boat-billed heron
[This heron has a thick, relatively short bill that's dark blue-grey. The cap of its head is dark blue and its head is white. Its back is light grey and its stomach is light brown. The bird has a large dark eye.]

A roseate spoonbill
[A head and torso view of the spoonbill which has its head turned to the right. The bird has a red eye and a partially bald head. The feathers on its head and neck are white while its head is light grey. The back feathers are pink. It appears the upper half of its bill is longer than the lower half.]

Blue and gold macaw
[A side view of the head of the bird which faces to the right. The face is white with some black lines running through it. The top of the head, back of neck, shoulders, and tail are blue except for the edge which borders the white section. That section is a small section of green. There is both a section of yellow and a section of black on the chin area. The upper part of its bill is curved and extends well beyond the lower part of the bill.]

A zookeeper gave the blue and gold macaw a grape which it holds in its claw.
[A front view of the macaw which is perched on a flat-topped wooden fence post. It's standing on its right foot while it holds a purple grape in its left foot. The bird's belly is yellow and ends up around the black portion on its chin. The top of its head, its back, and wings are blue. ]

Jaya, a Malayan tiger, submerged most of his body in the pool to keep cool.
[The striped big cat is resting his head on some rocks while his front paws hold some rocks across from him. The rest of his body is not visible as it is vertically submerged in water. There's a waterfall behind him and a pool of water in front of him.]

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.]

A cloudless sulphur butterfly with its long tongue extended.
[A yellow butterfly with a few faint brown dots hangs from light-blue flowers. Its tongue is long and curved from its mouth to the center of the flower which contrasts the long straight antennae protruding from the butterflies head.]

Atala butterfly
[This butterfly perched on a leaf has black wings. The lower wing has a three curved rows of irridescent light blue dots. There is also a square red section on the lower wing. The front part of the body is black with blue dots which appear to be a darker blue than the ones on the wings. The back half of the body is red-orange. The antennae are black and it appears the butterfly may have a forked tongue--or perhaps these are some type of short feelers.]

Giant swallowtail butterfly (It was noticeably larger than the other butterflies I saw.)
[A yellow and brown butterfly with a yellow body hangs from light-blue flowers. A section of its lower wing has orange and blue spots within a brown stripe. While the antennae are dark brown, it appears the legs are yellow.]

Bird of paradise
[The main part of this flower bends at a 90 degree angle from the stem to the right. This part is green with a pinkish edging. From that section extend upward three long oblong yellow-orange petals. There are also two thinner dark blue petals extending upward. ]

Passion flower
[This bloom seems to be an inside out flower. It has purple petals which extend downward around the stem. Radiating from the top center are a multitude of thin squiggly purple strings. At the top center is what appears to be several large multi-lobed stamen which are light green, yellow, and pink.]

Return to top of page.