Hattiesburg Zoo, Hattiesburg Mississippi.
The zoo is located within Kamper Park among a grove of oak and pine trees. Upon entering the Zoo, visitors pass through a promenade that contains prairie dogs and leads to the Africa section. The African veldt contains antelope, monkeys, ostrichs, servals and zebras. In the South American exhibit area are capybaras, iguanas, jaguars, macaws, howler monkeys, llamas, tapirs and tigers. The tiger boardwalk gives a close view of American alligators.
Kamper Park has landscaped walking trails, tennis courts, grassy picnic areas, and playgrounds.
Regular Hours: Tuesday – Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Children 2 to 12: $5.00
Children under 2: FREE
Visit their website for full details www.zoohattiesburg.com
Jackson Zoo, Jackson MS.
The Jackson Zoo is located in Jackson, Mississippi. The Jackson Zoo has attracted people from across the state and beyond for more than 90 years. The Zoo boasts an animal collection representing over 120 species and nearly 800 individual animals that provide glimpses of native wildlife from around the world. The Jackson Zoo is situated within the historic 110-acre Livingston Park and welcomes approximately 200,000 visitors annually from Mississippi and surrounding states. 35,000 school children make their way to the Zoo throughout the school year. Guests can also enjoy fare from the Elephant House Cafe, purchase keepsake merchandise from the Jackson Zoo Trading Company. Picnics are permitted in Livingston Park and rides are available on the Endangered Species Carousel or the train.
The Jackson Zoo is open every day except Christmas.
9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Ticket sales end at 3:30 pm.
Seniors 65 and over: $7.25
Children 2-12 years: $5.00
Children under 2 years: free
Visit their website for full details www.jacksonzoo.org
Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo
The Buffalo Park was home to Tukota, a rare white buffalo, not an albino. There are several great legends by the Sioux tribes explaining the creation and the infrequent occurrence of the white buffalo. A white buffalo is so rare in fact that they only occur one time in five million births. Tukota was born at the park. This made “Tukota” one of the more special animals at the Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo. His name was the winning submission from Mrs. Mills’ 4th Grade class at Rankin Elementary School in 2002. Tukota died in early 2012 due to a fight with another buffalo in the park. His injuries were life threatening, thus the decision was made to euthanize the rare animal.
Monday – Thursday 9 am – 4 pm
Friday & Saturday 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday 11 am – 4 pm
Children Under 2: Free
Senior Citizens: (65 years or older) $9.00
Visit their website for full details www.tupelobuffalopark.com