Jackson Zoo Update


As businesses and attractions re-open in a limited capacity, many have inquired if the zoo will reopen with them. Since the zoo was already closed to the public before the Coronavirus Pandemic, the necessary shelter-in-place order unfortunately slowed the progress.

Right now, repairs, improvements, and plans for CDC/Covid compliant practices are ongoing as they wait for the USDA to re-open for inspections. The Jackson Zoo will continue to announce any major developments affecting the re-opening as soon as they are aware of them.


The Sumatran Tiger Pavilion is being completely replaced and treated. The structure was originally built in 2010 so that guests could view the tigers’ completely upgraded tiger exhibit under shade.

Crews with City of Jackson have been working to clear and repair the perimeter fencing, as well as address certain trees inside the park that could be affected by strong weather conditions. They’ve also been checking, repairing, or replacing heating and cooling units in the animal “bedrooms,” and resolving issues with the water infrastructure.


Contractors will be repairing and sealing roofs for Meeko the Asiatic Black Bear and Knox the Giraffe, and reconditioning the ground inside the Red River Hog pens.

Jackson Zoo Keepers have been revamping inside the exhibits, making smaller needed repairs, and creating and placing extra enrichment for the animals daily.

For more Jackson Zoo updates check out the link below and also check out the new Jackson Zoo website.

ZoosFlash June 2020

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