Locals and tourists alike will want to visit Zoo Miami to experience Florida: Mission Everglades and the grand opening festivities on December 10 & 11, 2016. This new, 4.5 acre, $33 million permanent addition will encourage residents, as well as out of town visitors, to connect with approximately 60 species of wildlife from our own backyard, many of which are endangered or threatened.
Florida: Mission Everglades will encourage residents, as well as tourists, to take a deeper look at wildlife and conservation efforts in our own backyard. This exhibit will be a unique “gateway” to experiencing the Everglades. Guests will journey through habitats of iconic Florida animals like the roseate spoonbill, the Florida panther, black bear, burrowing owl, gopher tortoise, bald eagle, American crocodile, American alligator, Florida box turtle and more. About 60 species of animals will be represented, and the exhibit will highlight the importance of conservation for animals listed as endangered or threatened in the wild. Adding entertainment to education, the exhibit will also feature a special Lostman’s River boat ride as well as interactive exhibits designed to give visitors an up-close look at the animals, such as a crawl-through “tunnel” at the crocodile habitat, a slide-through the North American river otter exhibit, a pop-up blind at the Florida panther/black bear exhibit, a brown and white pelican encounter, and a new children’s Cypress Landing Playground.
The goal of the Florida: Mission Everglades exhibit is to give our visitors a deeper understanding of the importance of the Everglades and to engage visitors in helping us save it. This exhibit will make visitors want to go out and visit the actual Everglades.
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