The Palm Beach Zoo boasts many animal habitats, enclosures and exhibits for visitors to explore. Some of the highlights of its extensive animal roster include capybaras, monkeys, bats, anteaters and tropical birds. The jaguar exhibit, created during the 2003 redevelopment, is renowned as one of the best in the country. Interactive exhibits with the Zoo’s avian life showcase tropical, migratory and other birds, both large and small, in the show Wings over Water.
Other daily shows include the Wild Things Show, during which keepers and trainers educate audiences about various animals, in the Wildlife Theater. In addition to these shows, Daily Animal Enrichments, which take place throughout the park, feature keeper talks with a variety of animals, from tigers, to alligators to various primates. With furry friends to scaly scoundrels and winged wonders, the Palm Beach Zoo has many animals to educated, enlighten, and entertain.
Programs and Events
For children and families, the Zoo offers full day and part day camps for several weeks in the summer, available to children aged five to fourteen. These courses include crafts, games, rides, animal encounters, conservation activities and behind-the-scenes tours. Other special programs include family overnights, including snacks and activities, as well as Children’s Workshops.
Crafts and activities undertaken at the workshops target children aged two to four and are designed to peak interest in animals. The Zoo also offers a variety of events throughout the year. These can include Story Time for the kids, Food Truck Safaris or Roar & Pour for the adults, and Safari Nights for the whole family, with food, music, entertainment, and themed activities and education.
Featuring a robust array of educational programs and opportunities, the Zoo works to ensure its facilities not only provide ample amusement but also knowledge for all who visit. Offering a wide variety of educational opportunities, from classes and guided tours to distance learning and the Wildlife Conservation Academy, there is much to choose from in the educational arena.
Teachers and schools can take advantage of zoo visits, class overnights, and zoo school, an innovative learning experience for third to fifth graders in an outdoor classroom. Scouts and community groups take advantage of similar educational offerings. It’s not all for kids, though, with opportunities for teenagers and adults as well. The Wildlife Conservation Academy specifically targets learning, and hands on career informing activities for students aged 15-17, creating a memorable experience for participants.