Gorillas will be off display until further notice.  Our Children's Zoo area is undergoing some renovations from February 27 to April 1.  All other areas of Zoo Miami are OPEN for your enjoyment!  We apologize for the inconvenience.

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News, announcements & other coverage

  • Zoo MIami Fishing Derby to Remove Exotics a Success!

    ZOO MIAMI FISHING DERBY TO REMOVE EXOTICS A SUCCESS!

    Zoo Miami, was happy to host 27 participants this morning at its summer “Fishing Derby” designed to remove exotic species from bodies of water on zoo property.  Of the 26 fish that were caught, 7 were non-native peacock bass (which are actually an exotic type of cichlid), and 19 were Tilapia.  The remainders were native largemouth bass which were released.

  • Endangered Zebra Born at Zoo Miami!

    ENDANGERED ZEBRA BORN AT ZOO MIAMI!

    Yesterday, a newborn Grevy’s zebra made its exhibit debut at Zoo Miami, along with its mother and another female and her male offspring from last year.  The male foal was born on Thursday after a gestation period of approximately 13 months and weighed in at a robust 102 pounds!  The first time mother is 4 years old and came from Zoo New England and the father is 17 years old and came from White Oak Conservation Center in Northern Florida. 

  • Zoo Miami Flamingoes Move Into New Home!

    ZOO MIAMI FLAMINGOES MOVE INTO NEW HOME!

    For over a year, Zoo Miami’s iconic flamingoes have been off exhibit in a special holding area while their new exhibit was being constructed within the new entry plaza slated to open to the public in mid-July.  In preparation for that grand opening, the flamingoes were transported from their holding area to their new home yesterday so that they could acclimate to their new surroundings prior to being exposed to the public once again.

  • Iconic Zoo Miami Elephant to Celebrate 50th Birthday!

    ICONIC ZOO MIAMI ELEPHANT TO CELEBRATE 50th BIRTHDAY!

    Zoo Miami is excited to be celebrating the 50th birthday of the largest and one of the most iconic animals in the zoo’s history!  “Dalip” (Hindi name for boys meaning, “King”), the zoo’s resident male Asian elephant, reaches that milestone this month and the zoo will be celebrating this achievement all weekend long!

  • "Golden Girls" Make Official Debut at Zoo Miami

    “GOLDEN GIRLS” MAKE OFFICIAL DEBUT AT ZOO MIAMI!

    In celebration of “Endangered Species Day,” Zoo Miami will be officially introducing two of its newest (and largest!) arrivals while unveiling a very special donation to commemorate our commitment to caring for them.

     

  • EXPERIENCE THE OFFICIAL UNVEILING OF ZOO MIAMI’S NEW $19 MILLION, 1.5 ACRE ENTRY PLAZA ON FRIDAY, JULY 15

    EXPERIENCE THE OFFICIAL UNVEILING OF ZOO MIAMI’S NEW $19 MILLION, 1.5 ACRE ENTRY PLAZA ON FRIDAY, JULY 15

    Media is invited to the official unveiling of Zoo Miami’s new $19 million, 1.5 acre Entry Plaza and welcome back our flock of flamingos in their new exhibit.  See a sleek 3D Zoo Miami sculptural sign, 24 colorful life-size animal silhouettes, new ticketing offices, a 3,500 square-foot gift shop, a 5,872 square-foot sales and event building with rental facilities and an illuminated 50 foot Zoo Miami tower with informational LED screens at its base-all partially shaded by a “cloud-like” roof structure. 

  • VIRGINIA ZOO ELEPHANTS MOVING TO ZOO MIAMI

    VIRGINIA ZOO ELEPHANTS MOVING TO ZOO MIAMI

    Zoo Miami will be receiving two very large additions on Tuesday, April19th.  “Cita” and “Lisa” are two African elephants that will be arriving from the Virginia Zoo as part of an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) recommendation.   This recommendation is in line with an upcoming requirement by the AZA that accredited institutions exhibiting elephants maintain them in herds of three or more to support the complex and psychological health of the animals.

  • ZOO MIAMI STATEMENT REGARDING TRAP, NEUTER, AND RE-HOMING (TNR) EFFORT ON SURROUNDING PROPERTY

    ZOO MIAMI STATEMENT REGARDING TRAP, NEUTER, AND RE-HOMING (TNR) EFFORT ON SURROUNDING PROPERTY

    In an effort to reduce a proven threat to the health and safety of Zoo Miami’s animal collection and endangered surrounding habitat and to meet USDA standards for animal health and wellness, the Zoo is working with the Miami-Dade Animals Services Department to trap, remove, and re-home an exploding population of feral/free-roaming cats from areas surrounding the zoo property.  There will be no trapping in the Larry and Penny Thompson Campground.

  • ZOO MIAMI STATEMENT REGARDING TRAP, NEUTER, AND RE-HOMING (TNR) EFFORT ON SURROUNDING PROPERTY

    ZOO MIAMI STATEMENT REGARDING TRAP, NEUTER, AND RE-HOMING (TNR) EFFORT ON SURROUNDING PROPERTY

    In an effort to reduce a proven threat to the health and safety of Zoo Miami’s animal collection and endangered surrounding habitat and to meet USDA standards for animal health and wellness, the Zoo is working with the Miami-Dade Animals Services Department to trap, remove, and re-home an exploding population of feral/free-roaming cats from areas surrounding the zoo property.  There will be no trapping in the Larry and Penny Thompson Campground.

  • ZOO MIAMI TIGER CUB RECEIVES SUPPLIMENTAL FEEDINGS

    ZOO MIAMI TIGER CUB RECEIVES SUPPLIMENTAL FEEDINGS

    The highly endangered Sumatran tiger cub that was born at Zoo Miami on November 14th is now being regularly separated from its mother to receive supplemental feedings.

    After two weeks of consistent weight gain and what appeared to be excellent progress, the cub experienced several days of weight loss that became a critical concern of zoo management.  The belief is that this single cub is not creating enough nursing stimulation and therefore, the mother’s milk production is beginning to dry up.  This is not an uncommon occurrence in first time mothers with single cubs.

  • ZOO MIAMI CELEBRATES BIRTH OF CRITICALLY ENDANGERED TIGER!

    ZOO MIAMI CELEBRATES BIRTH OF CRITICALLY ENDANGERED TIGER!

    Zoo Miami is excited to announce the birth of a critically endangered Sumatran tiger.  The single male cub, weighing close to three pounds, was born on Saturday, November 14th, and has been in seclusion with his mother since that time.  Because this is the first birth for the 4 year old female named “Leeloo,” extra precautions are being taken to isolate and protect mother and cub in hopes that a strong bond can be established.  First time mothers are often at high stress levels and it is not uncommon for them to abandon their cubs or even kill them should they feel any disturbance.

  • ON OCTOBER 1, 2015 THE ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA WILL CHANGE ITS NAME TO THE ZOO MIAMI FOUNDATION

    ON OCTOBER 1, 2015 THE ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA WILL CHANGE ITS NAME TO THE ZOO MIAMI FOUNDATION

    The Zoo Miami Foundation name directly reflects its mission of supporting Zoo Miami

    Miami, FL (September 30, 2015) – The Zoological Society of Florida (ZSF), the non-profit support organization for Zoo Miami, will officially become Zoo Miami Foundation (ZMF) on October 1, 2015. This name change better reflects its mission of supporting Zoo Miami through education, conservation and outreach programs; marketing and public relations; volunteer services and financial support for the construction of new exhibits.  It also brings clarity to the organization’s work and affiliation.  Zoo Miami’s mission is to encourage an appreciation for the world’s wildlife and to help conserve it for future generations.

  • CLOUDED LEOPARD KITTENS MAKE PUBLIC DEBUT!

    CLOUDED LEOPARD KITTENS MAKE PUBLIC DEBUT!

    Zoo Miami’s 6 month old clouded leopard kittens made their official public debut on Wednesday, September 9 as they were introduced on exhibit with their mother.  “Serai,” the 4 year old mother cautiously led the two female kittens, “Malee” and “Suree” onto the open-air exhibit where at first, they hesitated to enter.  After several minutes, the kittens ventured out and began to climb up the sides of the enclosure exploring the new areas.  It will probably take several days before the kittens are comfortable with their new surroundings but  all indications are that they are adapting well.  At this time, they are scheduled to be on exhibit daily from 10AM – 3PM.  

  • Trip Advisor Award for Zoo Miami

    ZOO MIAMI AWARDED TRIPADVISOR’S CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE FIVE YEARS IN A ROW AND THE FIRST HALL OF FAME CERTIFICATE

    MIAMI, FL – (June 4, 2015) – Zoo Miami is proud to announce that TripAdvisor has honored it with a 2015 “Certificate of Excellence” award and a “Hall of Fame” certificate.

    The “Certificate of Excellence” award is a result of consistently receiving excellent reviews from TripAdvisor travelers on TripAdvisor.com.  Zoo Miami received the “Certificate of Excellence” award in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, making 2015 the fifth consecutive year.  As a result of being awarded for excellence for five years, Zoo Miami is now also a first-time TripAdvisor “Hall of Fame” winner.  It also happens to be the first year this award has been distributed. 

     

  • North America’s and Europe’s Oldest Koala Dies at Zoo Miami

    North America’s and Europe’s Oldest Koala Dies at Zoo Miami

    It is with sadness that Zoo Miami announces the passing of “Danda-Loo,” a female koala who was euthanized on Saturday, May 30th, after a consistent decline in her health for the past several months.  She had been receiving several treatments that included laser therapy for severe arthritis and though the treatments initially seemed to have a positive effect, Danda-Loo’s appetite slowly continued to diminish to the point where it was almost non-existent.  Despite supplemental feeding, and pain medication therapy, she continued to experienced significant weight loss and normal daily activity had become extremely difficult, if not impossible.  

  • CAROL KRUSE NAMED ZOO MIAMI DIRECTOR

    CAROL KRUSE NAMED ZOO MIAMI DIRECTOR
    Kruse succeeds Eric Stephens after 17 years of service as the Zoo Director

    Zoo Miami and the Zoological Society of Florida (ZSF) announce today that Carol Kruse has been named Zoo Miami Director, following Eric Stephens’ retirement from Miami-Dade County.  Former Assistant Zoo Miami Director from 2003-2011, Kruse re-joins Zoo Miami and the ZSF at a time of change and development.  

  • Endangered Clouded Leopards Born at Zoo Miami!

    Endangered Clouded Leopards Born at Zoo Miami!

    Zoo Miami is excited to announce the births of highly endangered clouded leopards.  The two female kittens were born on March 9th and have been secluded in a den with their mother since then to avoid any external stress and allow the mother to properly bond with them.

  • Zoo Miami Celebrates Debut of Newborn Giraffe While Mourning the Loss of a Newborn Okapi

    Zoo Miami Celebrates Debut of Newborn Giraffe While Mourning the Loss of a Newborn Okapi

    The baby was born on Wednesday, April 8th, to a 4 ½  year old female named, “Sabra.”  Though this is Sabra’s 1st baby, it is the 47th giraffe born in the history of Zoo Miami.  Sabra arrived at Zoo Miami from the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa in November of 2013.  The father’s name was “Fezzik,” born at the St. Louis Zoo and arrived at Zoo Miami in May of 1998 but died in November of last year due to age related crippling arthritis.

  • Zoo Miami Presents Dinosaurs LIVE!

    Zoo Miami Presents Dinosaurs LIVE! From January 24 - May 10, 2015

  • Unique FloatBall Watercraft Rides Make U.S. Debut at Zoo Miami

    Unique FloatBall Watercraft Rides Make U.S. Debut at Zoo Miami

  • ZOO MIAMI $5 DAYS PRESENTED BY FORD MOTOR COMPANY

    Zoo Miami $5 Days Presented by Ford Motor Company From July 2 - July 6, 2014

  • Zoo Miami Launches New Temporary Entrance and Website_

    Zoo Miami Launches New Temporary Entrance And Website 

  • Zoo Miami's Commitment to Education

    Zoo Miami's Commitment to Education

    Education was never as much fun as the zoo’s highly interactive, animal-related education programs, including the new Zoo Tots for toddlers ages 2-4, Art for Kids for kids ages 5-8, Young Naturalists for kids ages 7-12 and a host of other family and adult programs.

  • Zoo Miami at a Glance

    Zoo Miami at a Glance

    Rated one of the top ten zoos in the U.S. by Tripadvisor.com in 2014 and the number one Zoo for Pachyderms by the Intrepid Traveler, Zoo Miami houses more than 3,000 animals in environments that mimic their natural habitats. Large, open-air exhibits allow visitors to enjoy beautiful and endangered wildlife at a safe, yet remarkably close, range. With 340 developed acres on a 740-acre parcel of land, Zoo Miami is the only zoo in the continental United States located in a subtropical climate.

  • Malayan Tigress Dies at Zoo Miami

    Malayan Tigress Dies at Zoo Miami

    (January 7, 2013) It is with great sadness that Zoo Miami reports that “Tevy,” a highly endangered female Malayan tiger was found dead this morning in her night house at Zoo Miami.

  • Harpy Eagle Hatches at Zoo Miami!

    Harpy Eagle Hatches at Zoo Miami!

    (January 4, 2013)  Harpy Eagle Hatches at Zoo Miami On December 2nd, a harpy eagle chick hatched at the harpy eagle enclosure within the Amazon and Beyond exhibit. 
  • Silverback Gorilla Receives Cardiac Exam

    Silverback Gorilla Receives Cardiac Exam

    (May 9, 2013) Zoo Miami’s adult male lowland gorilla, “J.J.” was immobilized today to undergo a cardiac exam.  As part of the exam, the 33 year old patriarch received vaccinations, had his blood drawn, his blood pressure taken and an echocardiogram as well as an electrocardiogram were performed.

  • Zoological Society of Florida Host Feast with the Beasts on March 1 at Zoo Miami

    Zoological Society of Florida Host Feast with the Beasts on March 1 at Zoo Miami

    Presented by Ryder, Feast With The Beasts (FWTB) is the legendary fundraiser that combines tastes from more than 40 South Florida restaurants, full open bars, wild animal encounters and live entertainment at Zoo Miami

  • "Spring" on Over to Zoo Miami This Spring

    “Spring" on Over to Zoo Miami this Spring

    Enjoy National Geographic’s Crittercam, Music of the Americas at Amazon and Beyond, Bank of America Zoofari Spring Camp, Zoo Miami’s Great Egg Safari, Party for the Planet, and Brew at the Zoo

  • Zoological Society of Florida (ZSF) Announce New Director of Corporate & Individual Giving, Ivett Iglesias

    Zoological Society of Florida (ZSF) Announce New Director of Corporate & Individual Giving, Ivett Iglesias

    With five years of development experience, Iglesias will raise funds from corporate and individual donors for the Zoological Society of Florida and Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami
12400 SW 152 Street
Miami, FL 33177

Ron Magill
Communications Director/Zoo Goodwill Ambassador
Phone: 305-251-0400, ext. 84916
Fax: 305-378-6381
e-mail: rmagill@miamidade.gov
website:  www.zoomiami.org

Zoo Miami Foundation
12400 SW 152 Street
Miami, FL 33177

Cindy Castelblanco
Director of Marketing & Integrated Communications
Phone: 305-255-5551, ext. 111
Fax: 305-255-7126
e-mail: ccastelblanco@zoomiami.org
website:  www.zoomiami.org

Zoo Miami is a leading attraction with numerous locations that are well suited for use by commercial photographers for print, broadcast, digital media or commercial production, as long as the production is in accordance with our mission. These sites can be made available only during off-peak days and times including weekdays, Monday through Thursday.  Shoots are structured to ensure minimal inconvenience to Zoo visitors.  

Commercial Rates:

Commercial fees are determined by a variety of factors, including but not limited to, the nature and purpose of the project, its intended market, its potential promotional value to the Zoo, time of day, time of year, displacement of other revenue-generating events, disruption to exhibits and guests, access to behind-the-scene areas, the impact of the production among staff and animal care, length of the stay, and extent to which the Zoo is required to support the project.

Commercial Still Photography - starting daily rates (8hrs) during business hours (9:30 AM to 5:30 PM) is $750 plus tax.  Each hour (or portion of each hour) over the 8 hrs is $150. 

Commercial Film/TV/Video shoots- starting daily rates (8hrs) during business hours (9:30 AM - 5:30 PM) is $1000 plus tax.  Each hour (or portion of each hour) over the 8 hrs is $200. 

*Important Notes:

  • The 8 hrs begin with arrival & setup and include time taken for breakdown and departure.
  • These rates are starting points.  Rates are subject to change depending on the size and complexity of the shoot.
  • Payment:  AMEX, MC, VISA and checks payable to the Zoological Society of Florida are accepted. 
  • Payment must be received prior to the shoot or upon arrival on the day of the shoot.
  • General liability insurance covering this activity is required. The insurance must have coverage amounts of one million dollars ($1,000,000) for bodily injury; one hundred thousand ($100,000) for property damage and; must name Zoo Miami as an additional named insured. A copy of the certificate of insurance must be on file with Zoo Miami prior to the shoot.
  • A permit from the Miami-Dade Office of Film and Entertainment is also required.
  • A refund for rain is granted at 50% of the initial amount reserved.
  • Reservations must be made at least two weeks (14 business days) in advance of the shoot through the Public Relations or Marketing Department and are booked at the discretion of this department.
  • Separate fees may apply for the use of security guards or additional staff.​

Contact:

If you would like to take photos/film at the Zoo Miami for a commercial purpose, you must submit a request in writing to Zoo Miami at least two weeks prior to the date of the intended shoot. Please contact Zoo Miami’s Public Relations or Marketing department via email at ccastelblanco@zoomiami.org or rmagill@miamidade.gov with the following information.  You may also call either department at 305-255-5551 or 305-251-0400.

  • Contact name, company name, address, phone number and email address
  • Explain the purpose of your project including the name of the company represented in the shoot
  • Include the number of people taking part for the shoot
  • Request the amount of time needed for the shoot
  • List the size of props, equipment, etc. being used
  • Include a request for a particular animals or keepers, etc.
  • Include the area of the zoo that you’d like to shoot
  • Provide additional details that Zoo Miami needs to be aware of​

Zoo Miami  reserves the right to deny any request, cancel any shoot at any time if it is not in the best interest of the Zoo’s animals, or visitors or if it is contrary to the Zoo’s mission. When applicable, Zoo Miami requests a script review before a shoot can begin.

Use of Zoo Miami for personal photography

Zoo Miami encourages visitors to take personal video or still photographs while enjoying their visit. All images and videos taken by guests and patrons are allowed free of charge so long as the images are used for a personal, noncommercial purpose. All photographs should be taken from designated visitor viewing areas, or within the boundaries as it relates to special programs, engagements, etc. and Zoo Miami has the right to withhold or withdraw consent to photograph and video or to reproduce photographs or video of Zoo Miami, which includes zoo exhibits, animals and buildings or otherwise defined.

Admittance into Zoo Miami grants permission to Zoo Miami and Zoo Miami Foundation to utilize guests’ likeness, actions or statements in any live or recorded audio, video or photographic display or other transmission, publication or reproduction at Zoo Miami in any medium or context for commercial or promotional purposes without further authorization or compensation.  Each guest individually and on behalf of his/her minor children further waives any right to pre-approval, royalties or other compensation arising from or related to the use of imagery.

All trademarks, service marks, logos, images, and facilities of Zoo Miami and Zoo Miami Foundation are the sole property of Zoo Miami and the Zoo Miami Foundation and may not be used, reproduced, displayed or distributed without written consent from Zoo Miami.

Realizing that the animal collection of any institution is dynamic and must satisfy changing needs and purposes, the following policy has been written to guide the managers in acquiring and disposing of specimens. Collection changes will be made in accordance with Zoo Miami’s mission statement1, pursuant to Miami Dade County Administrative Order No. 4-432 and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Code of Professional Ethics3. All animal transactions will be made in strict accordance with applicable local, state and federal regulations. All animal transactions will be initiated by the collection goals set by the General Curator and approved by the Director.

  1. Collection goals are derived from the following criteria:
  2. Conservation priority/ SSP® recommendations
  3. Educational value Staff expertise in caring for the species
  4. Display potential
  5. Climatic suitability for the species
  6. Genetic management of the collection

Every effort will be made to plan breeding in order to maintain proper age structure and gender distribution, and to produce animals in numbers appropriate to the conservation and exhibition needs of each species. To accomplish these ends it is necessary to acquire and relocate animals. It is the responsibility of the zoo Director and Animal Science Managers to accomplish these transactions in a humane, safe, and responsible manner.

Inspections

When on-site inspections are performed, the following will be used as a guideline for references. The preferred method for evaluating a facility is an on site inspection by a Zoo Miami staff member or another AZA colleague.

In either case, an inspection form must be completed. If an on site inspection cannot be performed, three references (AZA members preferred) will be asked to complete a reference questionnaire and a decision as to whether a facility is suitable will be made based on the information provided.

  1. One (1) Zoo Miami staff person inspection of facility.
  2. One (1) AZA colleague inspection or submission of a prior inspection report.
  3. Three (3) AZA colleague references that submit a reference questionnaire.
  4. Three (3) references deemed appropriate by Zoo Miami staff.

Acquisitions

All acquisitions are accomplished through trades, donations, loans and purchases from zoological institutions or related facilities. Animals may be obtained from recognized commercial dealers who have demonstrated their capabilities through membership in the AZA. Commercial dealers who are not AZA members may be a source for animals provided other AZA institutions offer good recommendations and a dealer profile questionnaire is completed to the satisfaction of zoo staff. Donations may be accepted from private individuals. On occasion specimens may also be collected from the wild. No acquisition will be made through animal auctions deemed unsuitable by the AZA’s Code of Professional Ethics.

Dispositions

All dispositions are accomplished through trades, loans, sales, donations, releases and euthanasia. Sales, loans and trades are conducted with AZA institutions, related facilities, private individuals and recognized commercial dealers as described above under acquisitions. Dispositions to individuals will be considered if the party in question has in their possession the proper permits, facilities and expertise related to the species involved to ensure adequate care, and that they complete a recipient profile questionnaire to management’s satisfaction.

No disposition will occur through animal auctions deemed unsuitable by the AZA’s Code of Professional Ethics. Any party receiving animals from Zoo Miami must first sign and return an animal transaction agreement stating the conditions of transfer, i.e., future transfers cannot be for hunting, at auctions, for terminal or debilitating research, or any other use contrary to the AZA Code of Professional Ethics.

Breeding loans to other institutions or individuals will be based on the following factors:

  1. Recommendations of an AZA SSP® or other conservation programs
  2. Specific need of the requesting institution
  3. Need of specimen at Zoo Miami
  4. Number of specimens at Zoo Miami
  5. Breeding success of requesting institution
  6. Breeding success of Zoo Miami

If the requesting party is an individual not affiliated with a zoological institution, then he or she must meet the criteria outlined above prior to approval of the loan.

General loans constitute all other loan agreements e.g., educational and display loans. All parties requesting general loans must meet the criteria stated above as to permits, capability of proper housing and care, and staff expertise prior to approval of the loan.

Documentation of Loans

The contractual agreement between Zoo Miami and requesting party will meet or exceed the standard loan agreement used by Zoo Miami, prepared under the guidelines of the AZA. Annual updates on the status of the specimens on loan from Zoo Miami to others must be provided in writing. Failure to do so will constitute grounds for termination of the loan.

Release of Zoo Miami animals will be permitted to further the conservation of species in their natural habitat. Any release must take place under the auspices of a scientific wildlife management program conducted by qualified biologists. All appropriate governing authorities for the location of the release and species concerned must also approve releases.

Foot Notes:

¹Zoo Miami’s mission statement: Our Mission is to encourage an appreciation for the world’s wildlife and to help conserve it for future generations.

²Miami Dade County Administrative Order No. 4-43: The county policy that authorizes Zoo Miami to Trade, Donate and Sell animals with Zoo Miami Director, Miami Dade County Parks and Recreation Director and County Manager approval for transactions based on their dollar value.

³AZA Code of Professional Ethics: The ethics of the AZA and Member Institutions relating to animal transactions can be found r