|Address||12400 SW 152 Street, Miami, FL|
|Hours of Operation||Every day of the year (incl. holidays) 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Admission gates close at 4:00 p.m.
|Amenities and Facilities|
One of the world's great zoos is right here in Miami-Dade County. Zoo Miami houses more than 2,000 wild animals in an environment that closely approximates the animals' natural habitats and gives the visitor the feeling of embarking on an international safari or delving into the Amazon rainforests. Zoo Miami has more than 1,200 trees, plants and flowers visible from its walkways, adding to its beautiful, relaxing ambiance. Large, open-air exhibits allow visitors to enjoy beautiful and endangered wildlife at a safe yet remarkably close range. With 340 developed acres on a 740-acre parcel of land, Zoo Miami is the only zoo in the continental United States located in a subtropical climate.
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Visiting Zoo Miami? For picnics, company and group get-togethers, conventions, meetings, parties, weddings, school reunions, or other group functions, if you or your group has special needs, please let us know and we will work with you to make your zoo visit as enjoyable as possible, call Zoo Miami's Group Sales Department at 305-251-0400. Zoo Miami is wheelchair accessible, as are its monorail and trams too. Manual wheelchairs are available for rent at $8 per day and a limited number of electric wheelchairs are available for rent at $30 per day. Zoo Miami hosts community-wide annual special such as Feast With The Beasts, the Great Egg Safari, Bank of America Zoofari Camp, and Zoo Boo!
Zoo Miami Exhibits
Amazon & Beyond
The new 27-acre, $50 million dollar Amazon and Beyond exhibit showcases Tropical American animals such as jaguars, the largest cats in the western hemisphere; giant river otters, which can grow up to six feet long; anacondas, the mightiest snakes on earth; and harpy eagles with talons the size of grizzly bear claws. Surrounded by the Village Plaza, there are three areas: the Cloud Forest, Amazon Forest, and Atlantic Forest that house more than 600 animals from the region. Throughout the forests, children can have fun in animal-inspired playgrounds and the Fiesta Children's Fountain, a fun area that shoots out water from a motion-sensor grid.
The Asian River Life exhibit invites the visitor to walk among cooling waterfalls, tropical mists and the exotic sounds of wild Asia to encounter the small-clawed river otters, primitive muntjac deer, clouded leopards, and Asian water monitors. The Falcon Batchelor Komodo Dragon Encounter houses the largest, most powerful lizards on earth from the island of Komodo. These ancient beasts, the national treasure of Indonesia, reach nearly 10 feet in length and weigh up to 300 pounds. Among the spectacular temple ruins of Angkor Wat from Cambodia prowl the powerful, majestic Bengal tigers, including the extremely rare white tiger. New! Touch, brush or feed an endangered Greater One-horned Indian rhino at the Kaziranga Camp Rhino Encounter.
The American Bankers Family Aviary, Wings of Asia
Exotic, rare and endangered Asian birds representing about 84 species of more than 350 birds, including brilliantly colored pheasants, hornbills and pigeons show off their shimmering, iridescent plumage in a large, lush free-flight enclosure that provides the birds unencumbered flight. Tiny and large birds swoop overhead, perch on branches and even strut and stroll right by the visitor. Aquatic birds can be observed swimming above and below water from the air-conditioned Observation Center, and from behind two waterfalls from the Potamkin Conservation Center. The air is alive with beautiful bird songs, trickling brooks and five waterfalls.
The Avian Dinosaur Connection
Did you know that Tyrannosaurus Rex is a relative of a tiny mandarin duck? It is believed that dinosaurs became extinct some 65 million years ago. Although the magnificent T-Rex and agile velociraptor are no longer roaming our planet, many scientists believe that there is one lineage of dinosaur thriving today. We call them birds. Visitors are encouraged to learn about the similarities and relationships between birds and dinosaurs.
Embark upon an African safari to observe gerenuk, pygmy hippos, gemsbok, impala, giant eland, and greater kudu. Reticulated giraffes, ostriches, Grant's zebras and gazelles graze together on the African Plains. See the most beautiful eyelashes in nature up close while feeding the giraffes at the Samburu Giraffe Feeding Station. Experience the forests of the Dark Continent as you encounter the family life of the powerful silverback lowland gorillas and the chimpanzees. Many other fascinating animals are to be discovered in Africa, including the critically endangered black rhinoceros, whimsical wart hogs, Cape hunting dogs, okapi, and the threatened elephants.
Meet the Andean condors, squirrel and howler monkeys, emerald tree boas, poison dart frogs, Cuban crocodiles, and Orinoco crocodiles from Central and South America. Iguanas, white lip anoles, and caiman lizards also lurk about. Giant Galápagos tortoises from Ecuador will amaze you.
An international safari is not complete without a trip Down Under. Meet New Guinea's singing dogs and Australia's red kangaroos and koalas.
Dr. Wilde's World of Discovery
Dr. Wilde's World of Discovery provides hands-on interactive exhibits in a magnificent air-conditioned gallery. More than just displays to look at, this air-conditioned 7,000-square-foot exhibit invites visitors to touch and investigate a wide variety of artifacts and unique specimens. When searching for tiny marvels through a microscope, the adventures at Dr. Wilde's World of Discovery are sure to engage the explorer in all of us! A beautifully landscaped plaza that comes to life with large sculptures of animals from river habitats around the world surrounds Dr. Wilde's World of Discovery.
The Children's Zoo is home to Humpy's Camel Rides, which allow zoo visitors to sit high atop a graceful camel. Riders experience the traditional form of transportation used by the desert people of Africa and Asia for thousands of years. The South African meerkats are a show all unto themselves, and visitors can get a fun-filled, close-up view as these animals dig their tunnels, stand sentry and frolic together. The air-conditioned, indoor ToadStool provides a variety of small animals for the entire family to view close-up and even touch. Beautiful butterflies busily pollinate the flowers and shade trees in the Butterfly Garden where you can observe the stages of development in the life of a butterfly. Kids of all ages enjoy the Wildlife Conservation Carousel with 30 handcrafted replicas of endangered animals.
Location & Cost
Zoo Miami is located at One Zoo Boulevard, 12400 SW 152 Street, Miami, FL, 33177, ½ mile west of the Florida Turnpike Extension in Miami, 3 miles west of U.S. 1 and 20 minutes southwest of Miami International Airport. It is open every day of the year, including holidays, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with ticket booths closing at 4 p.m.
- Adults: $15.95 plus tax
- Children ages 3 - 12: $11.95 plus tax
- Educational field trip rates - visit Zoo Miami
- Public tram: $4.95 plus tax
- Monorail all day pass: $3.00 includes tax
- Safari cycle (small) for two hours: $22.00 includes tax
- Safari cycle (large) for two hours: $32.00 includes tax
- Stroller (single): $8.00 includes tax
- Stroller (double): $10.00 includes tax
- Wheelchair: $8.00 includes tax
- Behind The Scene Tours: $69.95 plus tax for the first two people(each additional person $24.95 plus tax)
- Zookeeper for a Day: $147 plus tax
Discounts are given to:
Miami Dade County Employees
Motor Coach Operator
Have wild animal encounters and learn all about these wonderful creatures from their zookeepers at Amazon and Beyond's Critter Corner. Presentations are at 11:30 a.m. weekdays, and 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
Talk to the animal keepers and learn more about the zoo's fascinating animals. Keeper talks and animal feedings begin at 10:30 a.m. and run until 4 p.m. daily. You'll find it hard to pull yourself away from the keepers and the tigers, orangutans, meerkats, Asian and African elephants, pygmy hippopotamus, chimpanzees, Asian bears, gorillas, harpy eagles, pelicans, and many more fascinating animals. Education
Education was never as much fun as the zoo's highly interactive, animal-related education programs, including the new Zoo Tots for toddlers ages 3 - 4, Art For Kids for kids ages 5-8, Zoo Club an after-school program for kids 5-10, Young Naturalists for kids ages 7-12 and a host of other family and adult programs. Bank of America Zoofari Spring and Summer Camps give children a unique, fun and educational way to occupy themselves during school vacation. Classroom adventures are available to public and private schools and are designed for specific grade levels K - 12. For information, call the Education Department at (305) 255-5551. Conservation
Zoo Miami does more than simply display animals. The mission of Zoo Miami and the Zoological Society of Florida is to encourage an appreciation for the world's wildlife and help conserve it for future generations. The zoo plays an integral role in the ever-growing global effort to understand, preserve and propagate the world's rare and endangered wildlife. Zoo Miami has won a number of awards for the successful breeding of rare and endangered species, such as the Komodo dragon, Cuban crocodiles and the Matschie's tree kangaroos. The zoo's collection of more than 2,000 specimens represents over 400 species of live animals, 120 of which are listed in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)-approved study books, and 46 AZA Species Survival Plan (SSP) species. Each SSP is designed to maintain the genetic diversity and stable population demographics of some of the most critically endangered animals on our planet.
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