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“Help the animals”
Review of The Jackson Zoo

The Jackson Zoo
Ranked #11 of 53 things to do in Jackson
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Enjoy a day of fun for the entire family at this zoo that houses large cats, monkeys and more than 250 other types of animals, including a contact yard for barn animals. Kids can take a ride on a real carousel, the whole family can enjoy miniature train, plus gift shop, and concessions.
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Help the animals”
Reviewed June 23, 2013

This is the first time I have been to this zoo in 6 years. I am sickened by the animals habitat and conditions. I was expecting major improvements since my last visit but however that was not my experience. I left there today feeling sad and disappointed. The areas that most of the animals were in were unkept and overgrown. It appeared that some of the animals did not have any water. If they they did have water it was green and murky. The otter display was disturbing because their play water had toads in it. He also seemed to be alone but not sure. Regardless he looked sad. The glass was soooo nasty and slimey it was gross Some of the primate areas had worn out conditions. One of the black bears looked sickly. Where were the alligators? Where were the lions ? Where were elephants? They should show the animals more compassion , more respect. The only way to do this would be to relocate it to a better area. Lets get real. Who wants to drive through west Jackson to get to the zoo. It's very disturbing and Very unsafe. If they can't relocate, please close this zoo down. I will never come back.

Visited June 2013
5 Thank Strongmomof3
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zoolady3, Manager at The Jackson Zoo, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
At the Jackson Zoo, we truly are committed to providing the best care possible for our animals. In the past seven years, we have had many new/renovated areas and exhibits including Tigers, Splash Pad, Gertrude C. Ford Education Center, Orangutan, and Wilderness Mississippi, and are in the process of renovating our Amur leopard, fishing cat and gibbon exhibits.

All of our animals have clean water available at all times, though it’s location may not be immediately obvious to the viewing public. In the summer also, many animals shed their winter coats and have access to night houses, in an effort to keep them comfortable. Our alligators are located in the MS area, near the castle. Their exhibit features simulates their natural environment and you can often see them resting in the reeds.
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Kerrville, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
91 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“up close & enjoyable”
Reviewed June 8, 2013

A little hard to find; but worth it when you do. Not the best parking. The zoo itself is afordable and the way it is laid out makes it easy to see everything and they have a lot. The animals were displayed in a manor that we could see them. They were not hiding in their lairs. The tigers really put on a show.

2 Thank Fran M
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Toomsuba, Mississippi
1 review
“Improving all the time.”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

If you get the membership it is a great deal. We live about an hour and a half away and got the family membership and come out as much as possible. The kids LOVE the splash pad and there are so many babies in the zoo right now to see. If you feel the zoo is run down then do something to help. We need the zoo here because there is not much else to take the kids to that doesn't cost a lot. They are making improvements all the time. You can't expect them to have the funds to do a complete Reno at once. I say keep up the good work. :)

Visited May 2013
Thank Srcmbswetland
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Honeoye Falls, New York
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Nice Little Zoo”
Reviewed May 31, 2013

After seeing all of the negative comments, we were very happy to see such a nice zoo. We have been to many other zoos & have seen much worse. They have made improvements and they have many more scheduled. We especially liked the prairie dogs and Billy the African gray parrot.There is also a splash park for the kids. It is clean and a good value with free parking. It is worth visiting.

Visited May 2013
Thank Susan A
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Vanceboro, North Carolina, United States
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Poor Animals”
Reviewed April 30, 2013

I Love the zoo and being able to see all the animals live. But the animals at this zoo deserve better! The Jackson zoo is in SERIOUS need funding, staffing, and attention! Community support and tax dollars seem to have been neglected here. Sad Really...

Visited March 2013
Thank DarbyDean
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