The Miami-Dade County Zoological Park and Gardens, more commonly referred to as Zoo Miami, welcomes more than 810,000 yearly visitors and is the permanent home of over 2,000 animals and more than 1,200 plants. If you’d rather check out wildlife than go wild yourself during your next visit to Miami, Zoo Miami is definitely the place to go. Save on admission to Zoo Miami and other top Miami attractions and tours with a Go Miami Card discount attractions pass. Save money and skip lines!
Since there are so many animals and plants to see at Zoo Miami, it would be nearly impossible for even the most dedicated visitor to see them all. Thanks to the to new “Featured Creature” series, which provides an in-depth look at some of Zoo Miami’s more exotic and reclusive residents, guests of the park can now easily learn about animals they might otherwise have missed. Native to Papua, New Guinea, Matschie’s tree kangaroos are the current Featured Creatures. Tree kangaroos are on the endangered species list and are only at Zoo Miami thanks to grants and the efforts of conservationists. Known as one of the cutest species at the zoo, the tree kangaroos are housed in the zoo’s Australia exhibit alongside koalas, New Guinea singing dogs and a crocodile monitor lizard.
Although it isn’t open yet, you may want to get out your calendar. Opening in 2014,“Florida: Mission Everglades” will transport guests to some of the iconic ecosystems that make Florida unique including pine rocklands, coastal habitats and the Everglades. By showcasing some of Florida’s signature species – including Florida panthers, flamingos, wood storks, bald eagle, herons, pelicans, black bear, crocodiles, alligators, and all five of Florida’s native venomous snakes – Mission Everglades is designed to highlight Zoo Miami’s commitment to wildlife conservation.
A new exhibit at Zoo Miami that is already open, “Amazon & Beyond,” features over 100 astonishing species from Central and South American spread out over 27 acres. Divided into three areas that surround the central Village Plaza – Cloud Forest, Amazon Forest and Atlantic
Forest – Amazon & Beyond puts animals like giant river otters, jaguars and harpy eagles (with talons the size of grizzly bear claws) on display. And what would an exhibit about the Amazon be without the mightiest snake on earth, the anaconda? You’ll never find out because Amazon & Beyond definitely has one.