Mission: The jacksonville zoo & gardens strives to inspire discovery, appreciation and conservation of wildlife, plants and natural resources through innovative experiences in a caring environment. The jacksonville zoo & gardens fosters understanding that empowers people to respect and conserve their natural environment by creating innovative educational and recreational experiences that engage our guests; funding operations, expansion and programs through an entrepreneurial spirit with public and private partnerships; and instilling passion to actively participate as responsible stewards of our planet earth.
Programs: Operation and maintenance of zoological and botanical gardens for public enjoyment. The jacksonville zoological society, inc. Operates and maintains the jacksonville zoo & gardens, a 119 acre facility accredited by the american zoo & aquarium association (aza). 951,440 guests visited the zoo with its award winning animal and botanical exhibits, and over 150,000 guests enjoyed specific educational programs, in addition to those educational experiences throughout the park.