1. Gret Locks

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    The zoo is well maintained, the animals seem contented and the enclosures seem to provide them with the environment they need. Large primate enclosures are large and have varied objects/terrain that would seem to be appealing. Obviously a lot of thought went into making THEM comfortable.But what about families with young active children? There’s the playground. IT has lots of fun things to play on, and they are designed sturdily and safely. But as far as ways to get out and keeping your eyes on your children…this playground is one of the most poorly designed playgrounds for families with two or more active children I’ve seen. Even with TWO adults, it’s hard to keep your eyes on all your children all the time. If you are down in the lower area and your child climbs the ladder to the upper area, he’s out of your sight. And he can easily run down the sidewalk to the top of the slide…but also to areas with multiple ways out through thick palmetto lined paths such that in 2 seconds your child could be out of sight. You need two adults to watch one child adequately. And two adults are not enough to watch two children adequately. If they are climbing on the rock wall and climb over the wall onto the raised land above, they are immediately out of your sight if you are on the ground below. Again, it would only takes two seconds for your child to disappear into the thick palmetto lined paths.Bottom line, there are simply too many ways OUT of that playground area and too may places where you can’t see your young child for it to be safe. This is to hopefully forewarn families coming there for the first time…be sure and have plenty of adults.

  2. Alex Woods

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    I’ve been to a fair amount of Zoos with my daughter, and this one needs to be updated. Jacksonville is a hot place to live so it would be great if they added some indoor activities that we could take our children to so we’d get good use out of our annual admission pass.

  3. Steve Travis

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    Love the zoo and especially the new tiger exhibit. However…… Either the zoo had an incompetent person (my opinion) “Jack” at the wheel chair rental/Train ticket booth today, or one should not believe information that the zoo puts out. Per literature from the zoo and the zoo web site, there is currently a 50 cent discount for adult and senior members, but “Jack”, per his name tag, refused to give us the discount when I presented him with the membership cards for my wife and myself. He even stated that there was no discount for the train ride and that the only discount available was on the entrance fee to the zoo.

  4. yuiidragon

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    The main problem I had was with the staff. Everyone seemed either very rude or impolite and sarcastic, especially the woman running the carousel. I was glad that my child couldn’t understand that the lady was being rude to her or it would’ve ruined her day. Had another problem at one of the restaurants where the cashier misunderstood me and rung me up for 3 cokes and when I corrected her, she acted very unprofessionally and stood there for 3 minutes outright arguing with me in front of other customers and staff that I ordered 3 medium cokes and a small coke instead of accepting that it was a misunderstanding and refunding my money. She finally did after I just cut her off and asked for a refund. There was also a time when my family and I were boarding the train for the second time after getting off to look at the Asian Exhibit and were going back to the African Exhibit where a woman who saw us before came right up to me when we’d all gotten seated on the train and asked us in a very annoyed tone whether we were riding the whole thing or if we were getting off at the next stop, which was a little insulting considering that several other people were riding it the whole way around and we hadn’t done so and were getting off at the African Exhibit. There were loads of other rude staff at this place. I don’t know if it was the heat getting to them or what, because it was extremely hot and by lunch we were all drenched in sweat They also nickle and dime you every chance they get so come well funded.

  5. Julius Magic

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    Come today and enjoy Magic Shows at Land of the Tiger Grand Opening! Magician JULIUS MAGIC will perform two one hour close up magic shows for guests of the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Show times are 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM.Come see tigers like you’ve never seen them before!Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens proudly opens its latest exhibit: Land of the Tiger.Take a walk through Asia and experience wreathed and wrinkled hornbills, Visayan Warty pigs, Babirusa pigs, and Asian-small clawed otters.The centerpiece of this newest addition are three Malayan and two Sumatran tigers that are free to roam through the area via an innovative trail system.Guests will have the ability to potentially see a tiger from almost anywhere in this one of a kind 2.5 acre exhibit. The Jacksonville Zoo is a tremendous idea for a family outing anytime of the year.