Zoo miami

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  • Birth and evolution of the zoo
  • Main attractions
  • Opening time
  • Cost of tickets
  • Discounts for groups
  • How to get to the zoo

The Miami Zoo is the largest and oldest zoo in Forida, as well as theunique subtropical zoo present throughout the American continent.

Inside the zoo there are exotic animals from Africa, Asia and Australia with the largest variety of species compared to other zoos in America: all this is possible thanks to the Florida climate which is particularly suitable. Inside the zoo the animals are divided into groups based on the countries they come from, in such a way as to allow them to live together in a peaceful way. In addition, some habitat as natural as possible, with leaves, trees and spaces where animals can live peacefully and at ease.

Birth and evolution of the zoo

The zoo was founded in 1948 on the island of Key Biscayne, and initially spanned 48 acres and housed only a few animals including an elephant, a rhino and some lions that had been taken by a circus that had performed in that at the time. area. Currently, however, the zoo is the product of an enormous expansion, which took place over the years: in fact it is located on 750 acres and hosts over 3000 animals belonging to more than 500 different species (of which 40 are at risk of extinction).

There are also more than 1000 different types of trees, palms and other plants, and many attractions are available including the discussion of scientific topics, as well as over 100 different special attractions, of course themed.

The Miami Zoo has been accredited by the "Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)", the American body that awarded it the certification, after having subjected the park to rigorous inspections to verify the conditions, and consequently the health and the welfare of the animals that live there. In addition, the zoo is involved in more than 36 projects that take place on all continents, aimed at the protection of wild flora and fauna.

Main attractions

There are many types of attractions available in the Miami Zoo, now we will see the main ones together.

Children’s Zoo

It is a special place within the park, where children and their families have the opportunity to visit both known small animals and others that have never been seen or heard before.

Specifically, the task of children is to feed, cuddle and brush courtyard animals, such as sheep or goats. In addition, children can attend the training of horses performed by specialized trainers.

Inside the Children's Zoo there are also other activities, such as theAnimal Tales where children are educated about both local and exotic fauna (how they feed, how they live daily and how to defend them); Meerkat exhibit where children can observe the daily life of insects such as crickets and larvae; Camel Encounter where you can live a unique experience, as it is possible to carry around an endangered animal such as the camel.

Inside the Children's Zoo there is also a catering area where you can enjoy sandwiches, ice cream and hot drinks.

Samburu Giraffe feeding station

This attraction is ideal for those who want to meet a giraffe face to face. In fact, in this area of ​​the zoo it is possible to walk along a platform that has a height such as to be able to meet your favorite giraffe up close; for an extra $ 5 you can feed her vegetables like lettuce or cabbage.

It is also possible to take a photo together with the giraffe, printed on an African themed background and frame, in order to remember the adventure lived forever.

Amazon and Beyond

In this area of ​​the zoo, visitors can experience the thrilling forest experience of South and Central America. This space extends for 27 acres in which they are the masters amphibia, reptiles and other fascinating creatures divided into different regions.

The scenery is made up of beautiful and interesting plants, trees and shrubs, where you can immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the rainforest, with the unique colors and sounds of wild nature. Not only plants, but also wild animals: keep your eyes open and if you are lucky you will see howler monkeys, snakes and jaguars, but also eagles and crocodiles

Kaziranga Camp Rhino Encounter

Here visitors will have the opportunity to get to know Suru, the Indian rhinoceros of the Miami Zoo.
At first sight it can be intimidating, with its large size and external armor, but when you get to know it it is a calm and good-natured animal. For $ 5 you can feed him.

Asian Riverlife

In this part of the Miami Zoo, the typical environment of an Asian river has been recreated in all respects. Relaxing sounds like that of a waterfall, winding paths and the sounds of exotic animals accompany visitors during their visit to the "Asian Riverlife", where they can observe Asian animals such as the fabulous leopards and monitor lizards, in their habitat. This setting is inspired by theKomodo island.

Waterplays Areas

For children who want to play in the water, or for people who visit on hot summer days, a range of water games are available inside the zoo.

In fact, in the Waterplays Areas, located in various parts, children can get wet thanks to the splashes, fountains, waterfalls and mushrooms from which the water comes out. Adults can supervise their children by sitting and relaxing within these cooling areas.

Opening time

The Miami Zoo is open every day of the year from 10am to 00pm (last ticket issued at 17pm)
On Thanksgiving day the opening hours are from 10:00 to 15:00.
On Christmas day the opening hours are from 12:00 to 17:00 (the last ticket is issued at 16:00).
Inside the park, the Children's Zoo is open every day from 10:00 to 16:00.

Cost of tickets

The cost of the ticket for adults is $ 21.95, while for i children ages 3 to 12 is $ 17.95. The children up to 2 years they do not pay the entrance.

Discounts of 25% are available on the cost of the ticket for seniors (aged 65 and over). An identity document is required to ascertain the required age requirements.

Discounts for groups

- 10% from 10 to 20 people

- 15% from 21 to 50 people

- 20% from 51 to 100 people

- 25% from 101 people onwards

How to get to the zoo

The Miami Metrozoo is located at 12400 SW 152 Street, Miami FL 33177.
To get there, take the monorail MetroMover for the station Dadeland South, from here take the Coral Reef Max which takes you to the Zoo in about 20 minutes.

For bus timetables see the Miami Dade transportation site.

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