Only the sun was missing during the July 26 Night at the Zoo with a Night of Witchcraft and Wizardry theme. Visitors to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens could see the usual lions, jaguars and rhinos plus pose for pictures with Hagrid and other Harry Potter characters.
The gates opened at 6:30 p.m. and the animals were on display until 8:30 p.m. Signs requested everyone to be quiet as they approached the baby zebra exhibit. Three rhinoceros seemed to appreciate the evening crowd — the youngest walked in shallow water and slung mud with its horn. The lions were active at dusk when the temperature dropped a few degrees. To enjoy the zoo after hours, look for Night at the Zoo events during summer 2020.