750 acres, more than 500 species represented in 3 thousand animals and a leafy vegetation make the Miami Zoo the largest and oldest in Florida.
Miami offers the ideal climate and geographic conditions to best maintain the animal species of Africa, Asia, America, Europe and Oceania which make life in the Miami Zoo, so that its administrators have recreated the most accurate habitat for these creatures.
It is an atypical zoo because it breaks with the mold of seeing the animals behind bars, surrounded by concrete; The spaces look for the 100% comfort of all the living beings that inhabit it.
Here you can enjoy incredible environments: the plains of Africa, the Amazon rainforest, the tropical forests of Asia and the immensity of Outback Australia. In addition to interacting with over 500 species, you can feed giraffes, rent kayaks, camel riding or take a monorail tour to observe the whole park from above.
Educate to preserve
Placed on almost 750 acres of land of which up to now 340 have been developed, the conservation and educational work of the Miami Zoo is surprising.
For example, it has 63 more international conservation projects. Environmentalists and educators develop in their spaces programs with children and young people focused on cultivating a collective consciousness around animal and environmental conservation with a view to maintaining for future generations a legacy of respect and appreciation for living beings.
The Miami Zoo, also, is dedicated to the protection and sheltering of species affected by human beings. More than 40 species in danger of extinction are being protected in the park.
Yesterday and today
During the 1940s, the Matheson family, which owns the largest American coconut plantation in Key Biscayne in what is now known as Crandon Park, owned and maintained a zoo.
In the 1950s, with the idea of supporting species conservation, the Miami Zoo Foundation was created to work with the community and Miami Dade County authorities to move the zoo to another site.
In the 1970s the Miami Zoo reopened its doors on the grounds of the former Richmond Air Station, located in southwestern Miami. Currently the Miami-Dade County operates and maintains the park, while the Foundation, backed by its strong membership, supports local programs and improvements in the site.
Address: 1 zoo Boulevard 12400 SW 152 Street, Miami, FL 33177