JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is home to an array of animals from all around the world.
But there is one insect in particular the zoo is currently trying to get rid of once and for all.
"We've had them crawling up people's shoes and all over fences and things," said Dan Maloney, the zoo's deputy director of conservation and education.
Maloney is referring to an invasive species of ant known as the crazy ant, which gets its name from its erratic and sudden movements.
The ant is native to Brazil and Columbia, but researchers believe it migrated to the United States in the '90s through cargo transportation.
Dr. Faith Oi from the University of Florida is an expert entomologist in the field and has studied the crazy ant extensively.
She told First Coast News the Jacksonville area is one of the first places the crazy ant started to reproduce.