The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens (Zoo) built a new Manatee Critical Care and Rehabilitation Facility at which staff will provide care for manatees that have been rescued due to injury or other health concerns. The 1.5 million dollar project is part of the zoo’s capital improvements program which is tied with its 100th anniversary.
This facility includes 3 separate freshwater pools used for manatees requiring critical medical care, rehabilitation, convalescence and holding, life support systems to maintain appropriate water quality, and associated support spaces and structures. The facility includes 2 medical pools, approximately 18,600 gallons each, and one holding pool, approximately 42,000 gallons. A special feature associated with the 3 pools are floors that can be raised and lowered to help assist staff with treatment of the manatees. See Photo Gallery