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Zoo Miami

Opened in 1980, the zoo was designed by T. A. Strawser. The layout is entirely an open plan of animal enclosures without cages or bars. It is considered a world class zoo and is an accredited member of the respected Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Trip Advisor readers rate it as one of the top 10 zoos in the United States.

There are a total of around 1,000 animals, representing over 400 species. Of these 48 are endangered species. There are 80 exhibits covering 300 acres. There is a further 400 acres available to the zoo for future expansion.

There are over 900 species of trees, palms and other plants and hundreds of orchids in the trees.

In 1984, the extraordinary Wings of Asia exhibit, a 1.5 acre, free-flight aviary, opened.

On August 24, 1992, Zoo Miami had quite a set back when Hurricane Andrew hit. Over 5,000 trees were lost, and the Wings of Asia aviary, which was built to withstand winds of up to 120 mph, was reduced to a pile of rubbish and twisted netting. The 300 exotic birds, which represented the finest collection of Asian birds anywhere, were lost. The aviary reopened in 2003.

Opened in December 2008, the $50 million, 27-acre Amazon and Beyond exhibit is the largest exhibit of tropical American flora and fauna in the United States and possibly the world. The size of an average zoo, with 120 additional species, including keystone animals like the anaconda, giant river otter, jaguar and harpy eagle, Amazon and Beyond has significantly expanded the Zoo's collection and adds new conservation, research and educational opportunities.

Amazon and Beyond represents the second phase of the Zoo's 20-year $350 million master plan. Planning and design has just begun for the next two phases: Zoo-wide "facelift" improvements and the Florida exhibit.

Obviously with such a large acreage, it means a long walk if you visit all the exhibits. The zoo offers a circular monorail service which runs continuously around the whole area, as well as tricycle rentals (you can get a two or four seat canopied bike) and scheduled tram tours. Keep in mind that the heat and humidity during summer can be quite intense by noon. If possible schedule an early or late arrival. Bring sun block and a sunhat. Locals use an umbrella as a parasol. There are zoo keeper talks throughout the day at half-hour intervals, so make sure you get the daily schedule when you enter the zoo.

In many respects it could be the best zoo that you have ever visited. The park is arranged admirably and the animal attractions are well planned and displayed. The Wings of Asia aviary is excellent, like being in the rain forest. The park is well shaded and they have misting stations to help keep you cool. Lots of water, soda and snack stops and the prices aren’t bad. Pay the extra for the one hour behind the scenes tram tour. It is worth it. It’s a narrated trip behind the park and then through the zoo. The zoo is small compared to larger zoos like Brookfield in Chicago or the Atlanta Zoo, but it makes it nice because you don’t feel like you are tromping around for miles between animal areas.

Attraction Hours
Open everyday of the year from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m on weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekends & holidays. Main entrance and ticket booths close at 3:30 p.m. on weekdays and at 4 p.m. on weekends and holidays. It is recommend to come early to enjoy all there is on offer.

Special Holiday Hours Thanksgiving Day: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; ticket booths close at 2 p.m.
Christmas Day: Noon to 5:30 p.m.; ticket booths close at 4:00 p.m.
New Year's Day: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; ticket booths close at 4:00 p.m.Open 365 days a year.

General Admission
Adult (13+) US$19.95
Child (3-12) US$15.95
Children Two and Under FREE
Plus 7% Florida sales tax
Buy ticket online for US$1.00 off regular adult or child admission. (not valid with other discounts).
All Day Monorail Pass: US$3.00

Tram Tours Schedule:
Friday through Sunday and Holidays. Departure times are 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. from the Main Entrance.
Price US$5.95 per person.

On site parking free

Bus services
Take Metrorail from Government Center (Miami Downtown Bus Terminal) to Dadeland South. Every 10 mins. at Dadeland South station, connect with bus 252 Coral Reef MAX. Every 30 mins. From Dadeland South it is an approximately 20-minute ride each way. From Miami Beach buses C, and S. go to Miami Downtown. In places where there is no direct service, due to uncertain connections, it could take up to two hours to get to MetroZoo on public transportation.

Driving Directions
From the north, drive to the end of I-95 motorway. It feeds into U.S. 1 on the right. Continue south on U.S. 1 to 152 Street (Coral Reef Drive). Make a right onto it. Proceed west for 3 miles. Enter Zoo on the left at SW 124 Avenue.

Address and Contacts
1 Zoo Boulevard, 12400 SW 152 Street, Miami, FL 33177
T: 305 251 0400
F: (305) 378-6381

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