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Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami
The Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens, also known as Zoo Miami, is a zoological park and garden near Miami and is the largest zoo in Florida. … See more



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Jan 23, 2023
Great facility and friendly staff but kind of disappointed with the number of animals we saw. Saw some animals, some were hiding - could not see, some had a notice saying "I am not around" - this y… Full review by Roving68071
Jan 3, 2023
Wonderful zoo but not handicap friendly in terms of renting a wheelchair. Long walk from parking lot to entrance and then a long walk to wheelchair rental kiosk. A person who needed a wheelchair and … Full review by Sharon H
Dec 26, 2022
Visited the 2nd Friday in December. The zoo was conveniently located off the turnpike and it wasn't crowded during our visit. We bought our tickets and decided we would walk the zoo instead of rent… Full review by 307leven


The Only Tropical Zoo in the United States
The Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens, branded and commonly known as Zoo Miami, formerly known as Miami MetroZoo, is the largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida, and the only tropical zoo in the United States. It is located on the old Richmond Naval Air Station site, southwest of Miami in southern metropolitan Miami-Dade County, in the center of the census-designated places of Three Lakes, South Miami Heights, Palmetto Estates and Richmond West. It houses over 2,000 animals on 740 acres, 324 acres of which are developed. It is about 3 mi around if walked on the path, and has over 100 exhibits. The zoo's communications director is wildlife expert and photographer Ron Magill. He frequently appears on local talk shows and news stations, often promoting the zoo's animals. The zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. History The history of the zoo can be traced back to 1948, when 3 monkeys, a goat and 2 black bears were purchased for $270 from a small road show stranded near Miami. These 6 animals were the beginning of the Crandon Park Zoo on the island of Key Biscayne, just southeast off the coast from downtown Miami. The Crandon Park Zoo occupied 48 acres of the park. The first animals in the zoo, including some lions, an elephant and a rhinoceros, had been stranded when a circus went out of business in Miami. Some Galapagos tortoises, monkeys and pheasants were added from the Matheson Plantation. By 1967 the Crandon Park Zoo had grown to over 1,200 animals, and was considered one of the top 25 zoos in the country. Other animals were added, including a white Bengal tiger in 1968. In 1965, Hurricane Betsy devastated the zoo and caused the death of 250 animals. After the hurricane there was talk of a new zoo for Dade county, but nothing was done until 11 December 1970, when Dade County officials applied for 600 acres of land in the Richmond Naval Air Station property. Construction began in 1975. The zoo opened in 1980 as Miami MetroZoo with a preview section of 12 exhibits and Asia, the first major exhibit, opened on 12 December 1981. A total of 38 exhibits, covering 200 acres, were open to the public at this time. Exhibits and animals There are four main exhibit sections in the zoo; Asia, Africa, Amazon and Beyond and Australia. Pelican Cove, a large pond fed by a waterfall, contains various types of pelicans and waterfowl and lies adjacent to the ticket booths and Island Trader, the zoo's gift shop. Dr. Wilde's World is an indoor, seasonal, interactive exhibit that resides at the junction of the zoo's main pathways. The property includes a large lake, called Lake Iguana. An air-conditioned monorail that loops around the zoo's premises, provides both an aerial view of the zoo and a convenient way to move between sections. The monorail has four stations; the first is in-between Asia and Australia, the second is located in the former, and the final two are in Africa.

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