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Miami Zoo

Miami Zoo, also known as Miami MetroZoo and The Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens, is one of the most interesting parks in the world. This is the largest zoological park in Florida and the only menagerie in the tropical zone in the United States.

Children with dad ride a bike at Miami Zoo — American ButlerMiami Zoo features

Today, zoos are not only entertainment complexes with the participation of wild animals. The idea of creating zoos provides for the preservation of the living stock of rare wild animals that are threatened with extinction in their natural habitat.

As you know, in captivity, the duration and quality of life of animals is much higher than in the wild, in spite of all the protests and indignation of the zoo defenders. A significant life expectancy of animals allows to conduct scientific and breeding work.

Miami Zoo is located about 25 km from the city and the vibrant cultural life of the resort. A place in the suburbs was chosen for the maximum comfort of animals away from noise. The bus to the park goes from Dadeland South Station.

Miami Zoo is divided into 4 main sections. Miami Zoo contains interesting and rare species, endangered species of animals. The park’s ornithology section is one of the most developed in the world, rare birds are successfully breeding in captivity and chicks are sent to other parks to exchange and to continue breeding work.

In each territorial sector, we recommend visiting the winged pavilions — this is a special pride of the park.

Photo of a leopard at the Miami Zoo in Florida — American Butler

What to see in Miami Zoo: sections and animals

  • Amazon

The South American sector is the newest in Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Garden, which opened in 2008. This did not stop scientists from collecting a unique collection of the amazing living creatures of the Amazon — anacondas, caimans, alligators, cougars and jaguars. In this sector you can also visit a delightful collection of rare Amazon frogs, insects and, of course, birds.

  • Asia

Photo of feeding giraffes at Miami Central Zoo — American ButlerThe Asian sector is represented by endemic animals, Belgian tigers, Indian elephants and rhinos. Geographically, this is the largest sector.

  • Australia

Australia's marsupial beasts are widely represented in the sector. In addition to traditional kangaroos, you will find marsupial bears, koalas, sloths, platypuses. For most representatives of the animal kingdom of Australia, it is necessary to cook food on a special diet.

  • Africa

In the vast African section live elephants, hippos, giraffes, tigers cheetahs and amazing apes. The animal world of Africa Miami Zoo is represented by hundreds of interesting and rare animals.

Each section presents the nature corresponding to the area with specially brought plants and imitation of natural relief. In an adapted environment, animals live comfortably.

How to get around Miami Zoo

The hot climate of Miami suggests shelter from the sun if you are planning an interesting long walk. In Miami Zoo you can rent special wheelchairs with a convenient protective visor from the scorching sun. If desired, you can choose ordinary bicycles.

Wheelchairs are available for people with disabilities and older people. There are electric wheelchair models. By the way, it’s not at all necessary to be disabled to order a comfortable self-propelled stroller, like Xavier from People X or Hawking. If you are with children or planning a long walk, it is better to choose some kind of transport that is stable. The sections of the park are very large and you can get very tired, especially in the heat.

Photo elephant aviary in Miami Zoo — American Butler

Miami Zoo infrastructure: rides and cafes

Miami Zoo has great cafes and mini restaurants serving fast food and iced tea. For children there are attractions, a mini-zoo, a pony ride.

The educational role of such parks is very important. For children, communication with real animals, observation of their behavior helps to understand the diversity of the world, become interested in the diversity of life forms, and contributes to a better socialization of the child in society. Communicating with animals teaches kindness, patience, the ability to observe and notice features in the behavior of other creatures. A visit to the Miami Zoo will forever remain in the memory of the child, as one of the most vivid and interesting experiences.

Miami Zoo accepts the help of volunteers, special children's camps work, where children learn scientific work and caring for animals.

Additional Information
Address 1 Zoo Boulevard 12400 SW 152 Street Miami, FL 33177
Phone +1-305-251-0400
Ticket price
  • Adults: 13+: $22.95;
  • Children 3-12 years old: $18.95;
  • Parking: free.
Mode of operation

The zoo is open 7 days a week:

  • Mon – Sun: 10:00 a.m. – 05:00 p.m.
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Communication with the animal world has a huge therapeutic effect, contributes to the harmonious development of the individual.

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