Jungle Island in Miami, Florida encompasses an array of animals and plants as well as exciting interactive activities and shows. The Winged Wonders show is held in a 1,200-seat amphitheater, and Wild Adventures is a wild safari adventure.
The park evolved over the years under the direction of its current owners, who purchased the park in 1988. The positive outpour of years of growth in hopes of creating an eco-friendly environment is illustrated daily. In fact, the zoo's horizon couldn't look much brighter with its development system of beautiful plants cohabiting with exotic animals; it's a wonderful example of co-existence.
The zoo engages in conservation efforts by protecting various natural ecosystems and exotic and rare animals. The focus is on educating the public about various plants and animals by interacting with visitors and ensuring they take away valuable information; this also helps the zoo's animals’ lifestyles. The zoo also implemented educational programs . The Conservation Education Center is one of Jungle Island Zoological Park's premium learning centers for the public, and it is still growing today.
Jungle Island Zoological Park opened its doors in 1936, when it was originally called Parrot Jungle. Then it was renamed Parrot Jungle Island. It closed because of torrential Hurricane Andrew but reopened as Jungle Island in 2007. In fact, it was one of the first attractions for tourists to visit while in Miami when founders Louise and Franz Scherr first opened it. Since he owned a bird feed supply store, he was knowledgeable about various exotic birds, as well as flowers and other plants. This was the main reason for his innovative idea: to house various types of birds so they could freely fly as he presented audiences with a lecture on flowers, plants, and his birds. Over a million visitors head to the Zoological Park annually.
One of the most fascinating birds rose to the top with his entertaining show here. Pinky, the high-wire bicycle riding cockatoo, proudly demonstrated his talents by walking across a wire at the zoo in front of numerous spectators when it first opened at its location in South Miami. Also, their world-famous pink flamingos were featured in the opening credits of the hit series Miami Vice.
When construction of the park on Watson Island was completed in 2003, the opening was named Jungle Island. Photo: Jungle Island
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Things To Do in Miami: Jungle Island
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