Wild Things members discover even more at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens through behind the scenes tours, animal encounters, and, exclusive events


Find out what the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is doing to set the standard for animal care and wellness and to support global conservation efforts.


Get involved with the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens through special Volunteer Opportunities and meet up with friends at our Monthly Social.


Meet The Wild Things

The Wild Things is a Young Professionals Group (ages 21 to 44) at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. The group aims to support the Zoo by increasing awareness for programs and conservation efforts, raising funds to support the Zoo's programs and initiatives, and connecting members with the Zoo through animal encounters, educational programs, volunteer opportunities, and social events.

3 Ways The Wild Things Support the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Increasing Awareness

Wild Things members work to increase awareness in our community for the programs, events, and conservation efforts at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.


Members organize and host events and support activities that raise money to support programs, operations, initiatives, and capital campaigns.

Connecting Members

Members are invited to connect with the zoo and the peers in a meaningful way by participating in volunteer opportunities, animal encounters, and social events.

A Young Professional Group with Purpose

Are you tired of the usual networking events? Have you recently moved to the Jacksonville area and want to meet new people? Did you recently graduate and are looking for a new way to get involved with your community?

Connect with your peers and the community in a meaningful way through the Wild Things Young Professionals Group at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. With a Wild Things membership you are joining a local community while having a global impact.

Support the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Become a Member

Connect with like-minded individuals, get involved with volunteer opportunities, experience exclusive tours and events, and support fundraising projects that benefit the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.

Join the Wild Things Young Professional Group today!

Buy a Shirt

Support the Wild Things fundraising efforts by purchasing one of our ultra-comfy, super awesome t-shirts. These shirts were designed by Wild Things members and printed by a local company, Stitches and Screens.

100% of the proceeds go to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens to support operations, programs, and conservation efforts.

Make a Donation

You can make a one time donation, symbolically adopt an animal, put your name on a brick or bench, support a capital campaign, honor a loved one with a memorial gift or donate an item on the zoo's wish list.

Find out more about how you can support the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.