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Developments at the Jackson Zoo

A collection of stories about the Jackson Zoo and the west Jackson neighborhood around it.

City & County

Jackson Zoo: Pulled from Two Directions

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Jackson City Council President Charles Tillman of Ward 5 asked the members to use diplomacy during a conversation about the Jackson Zoo at last week's meeting. Not everyone took that to heart as the discussion turned both humorous and tense.

City & County

EDITOR'S NOTE: Love, Good Deeds and the Jackson Zoo

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One can't really have it both ways—everything can't be about race when you want it to be, but not when it makes you uncomfortable.

City & County

Mayor Commits to Zoo, West Jackson Development Projects

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Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba publicly agreed and committed to several upcoming and ongoing projects designed to revitalize west Jackson during a luncheon on Wednesday, April 25, at New Horizon Church International.

Business

Mayor Calls Zoo's Move 'Disingenuous,' 'Disrespectful' to West Jackson

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In his first public statement since the Jackson Zoo announced its board is now supporting its relocation from west Jackson to LeFleur's Bluff State Park close to Rankin County, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba sternly advocated for the zoo to stay put.

Business

Moving Jackson Zoo to East Jackson Leaves Hope Behind

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On March 27, the Jackson Zoological Society board confirmed it will move to the eastern side of the city to LeFleur's Bluff State Park, closer to Rankin County than its long-time home on West Capitol Street.

City & County

A Tipping Point for ‘Threatened’ Jackson Zoo

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If the Jackson Zoo were a species, it would be considered "threatened" on the extinction scale.

City & County

Percy King of the Jackson Zoo Killed in Double Homicide

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Jackson Zoo's 'Snake Man,' Percy King was killed in a double homicide Friday, January 19, 2018.

Business

UPDATED: Zoo Faces Uncertain City Funding, Could Relocate

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The Jackson Zoo is asking for donations in wake of its financial crisis due to budget cuts made in the past year.

Person of the Day

Beth Poff

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Beth Poff may be the executive director at the Jackson Zoo, but she says that she is a zookeeper at heart.

Person of the Day

Meeko the Moon Bear

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The Jackson Zoo announced on Dec. 18, 2017, that a new animal had recently arrived: Meeko the moon bear.

Person of the Day

Ronnie the Rhino

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On Friday, Aug. 4, the Jackson Zoo announced that its almost-45-year-old rhino, Ronnie, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 2.

Person of the Day

Biscuit the Blue Duiker

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The Hattiesburg Zoo has an itty bitty baby boy—a one-pound African antelope called a blue duiker (DY-ker).

City & County

Taking Responsibility in West Jackson

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Civil-rights veteran John Perkins and his wife, Vera Mae, founded Voice of Calvary Ministries in 1975. The mission-driven Christian organization renovates homes and helps low-income families purchase them through financial literacy courses.

City & County

UPDATED: City Selects Blogger 'Kingfish' Hendrix, 'Snakeman' Percy King for Jackson Zoo Board

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James Hendrix, a local blogger and controversial personality known for his Jackson Jambalaya website, is one of two candidates up today for two spots on the Jackson Zoo's board of directors.

City & County

Zoo Backs Out of National Accreditation to Focus on Raising Funds

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The Jackson City Zoo has dropped its affiliation with a national accreditation agency in the wake of news last week that its yearly contribution from the City of Jackson is expected to drop by $250,000 for fiscal-year 2017.

City & County

Zoo Wants City Help With Killer Dogs

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Beth Poff, executive director of the Jackson Zoo, wants the City of Jackson to help beef up security around the park after six animals were killed in late December.

Person of the Day

New Baby Orangutan at Jackson Zoo

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The Jackson Zoo recently welcomed a new addition to its orangutan exhibit. Sabah and Pumpkin, the zoo's Bornean orangutans gave birth to a baby male on Nov. 22.

Business

JPD, Zoo and Parks Face Tough Budget Climate

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Beth Poff, the executive director of the Jackson Zoo, said the park is in a good financial position and debt-free.

City & County

Livingston Park Reopens, Zoo Gets a Giraffe

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Starting today, families will be able to enjoy west Jackson's Livingston Park in a way the park has not been used in a long time. A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place this morning at the park's pavilion.

City & County

How to Save a Zoo

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De'Keither Stamps picked the zoo over the circus—of the Jackson mayor's race.

City & County

West Jackson Rallying Zoo Support

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Everyone in town seems to have an opinion on which course of action the Jackson Zoo's leadership, faced with financial obstacles, should take to ensure the longevity of what former Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. called "one of Jackson's jewels."

Business

Zoo Mulls Situation, Accreditation Appeal Pending

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Even if the Jackson Zoo retains its accreditation, questions will remain about its long-term viability if it remains in West Jackson.

City & County

What $6.5 Million Will Buy

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Budget talks heated Sept. 5 as Mayor Chokwe Lumumba began distributing some of the funds from his $503 million budget, starting with re-allocating $6.5 million from the public schools. The funds should help Jackson address nagging problems across the city.

Business

Zoo Gets County Funds

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Rumors have swirled for weeks that the Jackson Zoo, the largest zoological park in Mississippi, was eyeing new digs across town at LeFleur's Bluff Golf Course, located in a state park. Pictured: Kimberly Jacobs (of JSU's Gallery 1) holds a snake and greets guests arriving for the Jackson Zoo's event Zoo Brew.

Business

Jackson Zoo Keeping Options Open

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Jackson Zoo Director Beth Poff said the organization and its board of directors are keeping all options open as the zoo continues to adapt and change to meet the needs of new exhibits and an expanding number of annual visitors.