Bold City Brewery

Manatee Critical Care Center
Monday - March 13th 2017

Bold City Brewery is excited and honored to partner with Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens by donating a portion of all Mad Manatee IPA sales to the Zoo's new Manatee Critical Care Center, the first ever manatee critical care center in northeast Florida!

Check out a sneak peek of the new facility thanks to Curtis Dvorak with First Coast News:

This critical care center in northeast Florida will provide more immediate care for the already-stressed animals as well as minimizing transport distance and time for state employees and volunteers.

The $2.1 million center was funded by private individuals who recognized the need for a care center in the region, and a $500,000 grant from the State of Florida. Built to hold 5-6 animals at a time (pending each animal’s individual situation), the center will provide temporary housing and care for manatees until they are healthy enough to be returned to the location they were found.

Located at the juncture of the Education campus, Wild Florida and the back of the gorilla exhibit, the center will provide limited and periodic views of manatees for Zoo guests and offer behind-the-scenes tours. However, due to the center only providing temporary housing, there may be times no manatees are present in the pools.

For more information about the Zoo and its plans for manatees, including a Care Facility rendering, please visit: