The zoo's Wild Florida exhibit is located on a 2.5 acre habitat of natural wetland. The area is home to native plants and animals, including Florida panthers, alligators, red wolves, bobcats, black bears, white-tailed deer, an owl species, bald eagles, and whooping cranes. The exhibit is also the site of The Reptile House that features over 25 various reptile and amphibian species. One such species is the Eastern Indigo snake, one of many threatened species protected by the state.
River Valley Aviary
The 9,000 square feet River Valley Aviary is home to a wide array of species of exotic birds. This two story is built to let the birds fly freely throughout the enclosure. Bird species include the lesser flamingo, white-bellied bustard, yellow-billed stork, turacos, and whistling duck, just to name a few.
Play Park and Splash Ground
The Play Park and Splash Ground area of the zoo is the perfect place for children. Here they have the opportunity to have tons of fun while reconnecting with nature. The 2.5 acre play area is located in the middle of the ZooLoop path, just beyond the Wildlife Carousel and Range of the Jaguar exhibit. Visitors can try to navigate two different mazes and afterwards jump, climb, and get a little wet in the 4,000 square feet Splash Ground. Rather than get wet, guests can also create and discover in the Discovery Center. Kids will delight in climbing on vines while trying to imitate the squirrel monkeys in front of them, or petting and grooming pygmy goats in the Animal Care area. There is also a tree house and rock walls to climb on, as well as the Forest Play area where guests can dig in search of artifacts. In the Play Park, Tuxedo Coast gives guests an opportunity to get up-close to penguins. Visitors can also view the penguins swimming overhead from a tunnel window.
At Stingray Bay, visitors have the opportunity to feel and pet stingrays in an interactive and entertaining exhibit.
Save the Frogs!: Amphibian Conservation Center
The Amphibian Conservation Center aims to teach visitors how they can help frogs and other amphibians that face shrinking habitats and a deadly fungus. The center provides a sanctuary for the amphibians threatened by the deadly fungus, as well as offers guests a chance to see the threatened species and listen to the sounds of those species that have become extinct. Photo:
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