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Working to Save America's Rarest Bat - the Florida Bonneted Bat

MIAMI, FL (December 6, 2018) – Bat Conservation International (BCI) and Zoo Miami announced today a new aggressive multi-faceted campaign to save the Florida bonneted bat, America’s rarest bat. Funding for the conservation effort is made possible by NextEra Energy, the parent company of Florida Power & Light Company (FPL). The funds will enable BCI and Zoo Miami to develop a regional bat lab focused on understanding the species’ needs in urban environments and providing on-the-ground conservation projects to ensure long-term sustainable population growth for this rare bat species.

Native to South Florida, the bat’s small population size and shrinking habitat have prompted multiple organizations to come together for a conservation plan of action. The bat is the largest species found in Florida and derives its name from large ears that extend out over its head similar to a bonnet.

As part of the conservation efforts of the species, BCI is working closely with Zoo Miami scientists to construct specially designed bat houses. These custom-made bat boxes were strategically placed throughout the South Florida region as part of a longer-term goal of creating safe homes for the Florida bonneted bats. The boxes are affixed to 35-foot hurricane-resistant poles donated by FPL. They were placed at various preserves, Miami-Dade County parks, and a golf course were Florida bonneted bats are known to forage at night.

Additional conservation efforts include monitoring the health of the bats, community outreach and awareness, discovering what insects are important prey, and using citizen-scientist data to better understand the bat’s range in the urban landscape.

“Protecting endangered species with limited ranges such as the Florida bonneted bat are vitally important efforts in preserving the natural diversity of our world,” said Mylea Bayless, BCI’s Senior Director, Network and Partnerships. “This project would not happen without the support of NextEra and expertise from Zoo Miami. We’re confident we’re taking steps to improve the survival and habitat for one of the rarest bats in America.”

“We are fortunate to have organizations like BCI and Zoo Miami working to protect and preserve extraordinary species, like the bonneted bat,” said Mike Sole, Vice President of Environmental Services at NextEra Energy. “We are pleased to be able to partner with these organizations to develop ways to better protect this unique species of bat.”

“This special bat has managed to persist while its ecosystem rapidly changed in the last century. This new partnership is going to allow us to discover what it needs in South Florida to not only survive but hopefully thrive into the next century,” said Dr. Frank Ridgley of Zoo Miami’s Conservation and Research Department.

 

About Bat Conservation International

The mission of Bat Conservation International is to conserve the world’s bats and their ecosystems to ensure a healthy planet. For more information visit batcon.org.

Media Contact: Javier Folgar
Bat Conservation International
Tel: 512.327.9721 ext. 410
Email: jfolgar@batcon.org

 

About NextEra Energy

NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE) is a leading clean energy company with consolidated revenues of approximately $17.2 billion, operates approximately 46,790 megawatts of net generating capacity and employs approximately 14,000 people in 33 states and Canada as of year-end 2017. Headquartered in Juno Beach, Florida, NextEra Energy's principal subsidiaries are Florida Power & Light Company, which serves approximately 5 million customer accounts in Florida and is one of the largest rate-regulated electric utilities in the United States, and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun and a world leader in battery storage. Through its subsidiaries, NextEra Energy generates clean, emissions-free electricity from eight commercial nuclear power units in Florida, New Hampshire, Iowa and Wisconsin. A Fortune 200 company and included in the S&P 100 index, NextEra Energy has been recognized often by third parties for its efforts in sustainability, corporate responsibility, ethics and compliance, and diversity. NextEra Energy is ranked No. 1 in the electric and gas utilities industry on Fortune's 2018 list of "World's Most Admired Companies" and ranked among the top 25 on Fortune's 2018 list of companies that "Change the World." For more information about NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites: www.NextEraEnergy.comwww.FPL.comwww.NextEraEnergyResources.com.

Media Contact: Devaney Iglesias
Florida Power & Light
Tel: 561-694-4586
Email: devaney.iglesias@fpl.com

 

About Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami’s mission is to encourage an appreciation for the world's wildlife and to help conserve it for future generations.

Media Contact: Ron Magill
Zoo Goodwill Ambassador/Communications Director
12400 SW 152 Street
Miami, FL  33177
305-251-0400, ext. 5084916
Email: Ron.Magill@miamidade.gov

at Wednesday, December 5, 2018

‘National Geographic Photo Ark’ Exhibition Opens on November 16th at Zoo Miami

MEDIA CONTACT:
CINDY CASTELBLANCO
Email: ccastelblanco@zoomiami.org
Direct: 305-328-8811
 

MIAMI, FL (November 13, 2018)—The National Geographic Photo Ark is an ambitious project committed to documenting every species living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries—inspiring people not just to care, but also to help protect these animals for future generations. The National Geographic Photo Ark is a compelling and visually powerful project that aims to photograph species before it is too late. In addition to creating an archival record for generations to come, this project is a hopeful platform for conservation and shines a light on individuals and organizations working to preserve species around the world.

National Geographic is showcasing this important project through multiple platforms, including a traveling National Geographic exhibition, “National Geographic Photo Ark,” that opens at Zoo Miami on November 16, 2018. Featuring the work of National Geographic photographer and Fellow Joel Sartore, the exhibition will be on display until October 9, 2019. This exhibition is organized by the National Geographic Society and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.
Sartore estimates the completed National Geographic Photo Ark will include portraits of over 12,000 species representing several animal classes, including birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. In what will be the largest single archive of studio-quality photographs of biodiversity ever, the National Geographic Photo Ark continues to move toward its goal of documenting these 12,000 species in captivity, thanks in part to Sartore’s enduring relationships with many of the world’s zoos and aquariums. These iconic portraits have captured the imagination of people around the world and have even been projected on the Empire State Building and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

The “National Geographic Photo Ark” exhibition will highlight more than 50 of Sartore's most compelling images and provide visitors with the unique opportunity to come face to face with animals from the National Geographic Photo Ark. Sartore has worked in more than 250 zoos, aquariums and animal rescue centers around the world. Many of the images featured were taken at Zoo Miami including the images of the cheetah and tree kangaroo. Visitors will learn about the project, its mission and its conservation efforts by Zoo Miami which include The Harpy Eagle Project, the Florida Panther Recovery Program and the Cheetah Ambassador Program, among many others.

“The National Geographic Photo Ark has already inspired millions around the world with the message that it is not too late to save some of the world’s most endangered species,” said Kathryn Keane, vice president of Exhibitions, National Geographic Society. “Joel Sartore has demonstrated what one man can do using the power of photography—and now National Geographic wants to inspire people all over the country to contribute to this global challenge.”

“Joel Sartore is certainly one of the premiere photographers of our generation.  As a National Geographic Fellow, he has helped to connect countless people around the world to the wonders of wildlife and the need to protect it.  It is an honor and a privilege to host more than 50 examples of his precedent-setting Photo Ark project in hopes of inspiring our guests to help ensure that these amazing animals are around for future generations,” said Ron Magill, Zoo Miami Goodwill Ambassador/Director of Communications.

National Geographic Photo Ark exhibitions have appeared at venues around the world, including Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, the Dallas Zoo and the Cincinnati Zoo. Additional venues may be announced soon. The exhibitions accompany a new National Geographic book, Birds of the Photo Ark (National Geographic Books; on sale March 6; $30.00. National Geographic Photo Ark fans are also invited to join the conversation on social media with #SaveTogether and learn more about how to get involved with the project at NatGeoPhotoArk.org.
 

For Photo Ark images, please visit:  https://www.dropbox.com/sh/sbntwm27gys3qv3/AABwNc3_lnf_8K7rbO7HKYhBa?dl=0

PERMITTED PHOTO USE: This image may be downloaded or is otherwise provided at no charge for one-time use for coverage or promotion of National Geographic Photo Ark. Copying, distribution, archiving, sublicensing, sale, or resale of the image is prohibited.

REQUIRED CREDIT AND CAPTION: Any and all image uses must (1) bear the copyright notice: © Photo by Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark, Ark (2) be accompanied by a caption which makes reference to National Geographic Photo Ark. (4) include a prominent link to natgeophotoark.org.

Photo Ark is included with Zoo admission of $22.95 per adult and $18.95 per child (ages 3-12).  Zoo members and children (age 2 or less) get free admission.  Save time, buy your tickets online at shop.zoomiami.org.

About the National Geographic Society
The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. We support educators to ensure that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. We aspire to create a community of change, advancing key insights about our planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time. Our goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.

About Zoo Miami

As one of the world’s greatest zoos and part of the Miami-Dade County Parks Recreation and Open Spaces (PROS) Department, Zoo Miami is home to more than 3,000 animals from all over the world.  Among other sights, visitors can enjoy the Florida: Mission Everglades expansion with alligators, bobcats, bald eagles, a Florida panther and more impressive Florida natives.  Guests can slide along otters, come face to face with bears, crawl through a tunnel in the crocodile exhibit, float along the Lostman’s River “airboat” ride, play in the Cypress Landing Playground and more!

at Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Experience Zoo Lights Miami from November 23 - December 29 on Friday & Saturday Nights

MEDIA CONTACT:
CINDY CASTELBLANCO
Email: ccastelblanco@zoomiami.org

Miami, FL (November 8, 2018) – Zoo Lights Miami, Zoo Miami’s winter holiday celebration event, returns this year to celebrate its 10th anniversary with now one million bright, animal shaped lights and dazzling tree lights. Zoo Lights will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays from November 23 through December 29.

Beginning on November 23 and for every night of Zoo Lights, guests can enjoy animal encounters, free Snowman’s River boat rides, interactive musical performances by Steve Gryb, hot chocolate and cookies*, photos with Santa*, and holiday shopping at the Zoo gift shop*. We will also have tons of complimentary entertainment, including themed evenings with contests to win prizes, a tree lighting ceremony on November 23rd, holiday movies, holiday karaoke, storytelling, light shows, music and dance performances, arts and crafts, and more. See the schedule of events and entertainment below:

Date

Theme

Activity

November 23 & 24

PJ & Onesie Nights

Guests are encouraged to dress in holiday pajamas/snuggies/onesies.

  • Tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 23 at 7:30 pm
  • Performances by Hip Hop Kidz

November 30 & December 1

Galactic Nights

Guests are encouraged to dress like their favorite Star Wars, Star Trek, or Guardians of the Galaxy characters.

  • Performances by Miami Art Studio on 11/30 and the Florida Youth Orchestra Flute Choir on 12/1

December 7 & 8

Ugly Sweater Nights 

Guests are encouraged to dress in ugly sweaters.

 

  • Performances by Greater Miami Youth Symphony, Art in Motion Dance Academy, Be Dance Studio, and HEARTbeats A Capella on 12/7 and Greater Miami Youth Symphony on the 12/8

December 14 & 15

Superhero Nights

Guests are encourage to dress as a their favorite Superhero.

  • Performances by MC Dance Miami  on 12/14 and South Florida Music  on 12/15.

December 21 – 22

Santa & Elf Look-A-Like nights

Guests are encouraged to dress as Santa, Mrs. Claus or his elves.

  • Performances by Braddock Gems

December 28 & 29

Holiday Bling Out Nights

Guests are encourage to “bling out” or “light up” their strollers or themselves with string lights, glow in the dark items and other festive décor.

  • Performances by Hypnotic Dance on 12/28 and Florida Youth Orchestra Aurora String Ensemble on 12/29

Admission to Zoo Lights is on sale now for $15.95 per person plus tax. Pre-sale tickets are available for only $10 and packages also have discounted prices until November 12th.  Guests are encouraged to acquire their tickets and packages at shop.zoomiami.org early as some nights sell out.  The General Zoo Lights Package is $17.95 plus tax and includes Zoo Lights admission, Snowman’s River boat rides, hot chocolate and cookies. The Zoo Lights Photo Package is $37.95 plus tax and includes Zoo Lights admission, Snowman’s River boat rides, hot chocolate, cookies and three 5x7 print and digital photos with Santa and an ornament.  For more information on Zoo Lights, admission and packages, visit zoomiami.org.

*available for purchase

About Zoo Miami

As one of the world’s greatest zoos and a part of Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, Zoo Miami is home to more than 3,000 animals from all over the world.  Among many sights, visitors can enjoy the Florida: Mission Everglades expansion with alligators, bobcats, bald eagles, a Florida panther and more impressive Florida natives.  Guests can slide along otters, come face to face with bears, crawl through a tunnel in the crocodile exhibit, float along the Lostman’s River “airboat” ride, play in the Cypress Landing Playground and more!

at Thursday, November 8, 2018

ZOO MIAMI EARNS CERTIFIED AUTISM CENTER DESIGNATION

Zoo Miami is making a commitment to ensure all visitors, even those with sensory needs or on the autism spectrum, have an amazing experience. As part of this commitment, the Zoo recently earned the Certified Autism Center designation, which is awarded by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) to organizations who have completed a training and review process with the goal to better serve individuals with autism and other sensory needs.

“Zoo Miami aims to provide each guest with an enjoyable visit and is proud to be designated as a certified autism center. Our staff has undergone training to be able to better serve guests with autism and other special needs.,” said Carol Kruse, Zoo Miami Director.

Parents with children on the autism spectrum often find new experiences and traveling to new destinations a challenge due to sensory needs, dietary restrictions and safety concerns. For almost 20 years, IBCCES has been the industry leader in autism training for licensed healthcare professionals and educators around the globe. IBCCES recognized that many families with children with special needs have limited travel options and created programs specifically for the hospitality and travel industry.

“We believe it’s important to ensure all guests can experience the world around them in a safe way,” said Myron Pincomb, IBCCES Board Chairman. “Our Certified Autism Center designation is awarded to premier organizations who have completed rigorous training and meet the highest industry standards, and we’re so excited to work with Zoo Miami on this initiative.”  With this certification, Zoo Miami is working on creating sensory bags for special needs guests that contain noise-cancelling headphones and fidget toys or stress balls before the end of the year.  Quiet places will also be identified within the zoo by the first quarter of 2019.  In preparation for Autism Awareness Month in April, Zoo Miami will also provide Zoo Sensory Guides to ensure the best possible experience for guests with disabilities.

Rather than relying on the growing number of organizations promoting “autism-friendly” options that can vary widely, more parents are now seeking out destinations that have completed research-based training and professional review. IBCCES also created AutismTravel.com, a free online resource for parents that lists certified destinations and connects families to other resources and each other. Each destination listed on the site has met Certified Autism Center requirements.

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About IBCCES

Delivering The Global Standard For Training and Certification in The Field of Cognitive Disorders -
IBCCES provides a series of certifications that empower professionals to be leaders in their field and improve the outcomes for the individuals they serve. These programs are recognized around the world as the leading benchmark for training and certification in the areas of autism and other cognitive disorders. As part of our commitment to sharing the latest innovations and research, IBCCEs also hosts the International Symposium on Cognitive Research and Disorders to create a forum for collaboration among industry stakeholders.

About Zoo Miami

With nearly 1 million annual visitors, Zoo Miami is part of the Miami-Dade County Parks Recreation and Open Spaces (PROS) Department and home to more than 3,000 animals from all over the world.  Among many sights, visitors can enjoy the Florida: Mission Everglades expansion with alligators, bobcats, bald eagles, a Florida panther and more impressive Florida natives.  Guests can slide along otters, come face to face with bears, crawl through a tunnel in the crocodile exhibit, float along the Lostman’s River “airboat” ride, play in the Cypress Landing Playground and more!

 Zoo Miami is open every day of the year from 10:00AM – 5:00PM with the last ticket being sold at 4:00PM.  Admission is $22.95 plus tax per adult and $18.95 plus tax per child ages 3-12.  Children under three are free.  Zoo memberships offer free access year round.  For tickets, membership and information, visit www.zoomiami.org or call (305) 251-0400.

 About Zoo Miami Foundation

As a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator, Zoo Miami Foundation is the non-profit 501(c)(3) that supports Zoo Miami through education, conservation and outreach programs; marketing and public relations; volunteer services and financial support for the construction of new exhibits.  The Foundation serves more than 20,000 member households through its zoo membership program.  For more information, visit www.zoomiami.org or call (305) 255-5551.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Meredith Tekin
IBCCES
904.508.0135
meredith@ibcces.org

 

Cindy Castelblanco
Zoo Miami Foundation
305.255.5551 ext. 111
ccastelblanco@zoomiami.org

 

Somali Wild Ass Birth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
RON MAGILL, Zoo Communications Director
305-251-0400, ext. 5084916 – Zoo Miami
 

ZOO MIAMI CELEBRATES BIRTH OF SOMALI WILD ASS ON FATHER’S DAY!

Zoo Miami and a 10 year old male Somali Wild Ass named “Hakim” celebrated Father’s Day with the birth of his latest offspring, a critically endangered Somali Wild Ass that was born early yesterday morning.  The foal, the 8th born at Zoo Miami, and its mother, a 13 year old named “Stella” are now on exhibit and the baby seems to be adapting and integrating well into the small herd.  A neonatal exam done this morning determined that the foal is a male and appears healthy, weighing 46 pounds.

Somali Wild Asses are the world’s most critically endangered asses with less than 1,000 believed to still exist in the wild.  It is the last remaining ancestor of the modern donkey.  They are the smallest of the wild equids and are found in the rocky deserts in very isolated areas of Eastern Africa.  Adults weigh approximately 500 pounds and mares give birth to usually a single foal after a gestation of 11 months.  They are characterized by their smooth gray coat and their striped legs which are indicative of their close relation to zebras.

Zoo Miami began exhibiting the highly endangered Somali Wild Ass in 2011.  All the adult animals are on loan from the San Diego Wild Animal Park and arrived here as part of a carefully planned captive breeding program designed to maintain healthy populations of these extremely rare animals for generations to come

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ZMF Charity Navigator 2017

Media Contact:
Cindy Castelblanco
Office: 305-255-5551
CCastelblanco@zoomiami.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ZOO MIAMI FOUNDATION RECEIVES THIRD CONSECUTIVE 4-STAR CHARITY NAVIGATOR RATING, The highest possible rating

Miami, FL (January 9, 2018) – Zoo Miami Foundation (ZMF) has received the coveted 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator, the largest and most utilized independent charity evaluator in America. This achievement is the highest possible rating with Charity Navigator, and is a testament to ZMF’s strong financial health, and commitment to accountability and transparency.

ZMF is now part of the “Perfect 100” list according to Charity Navigator.  The exceptional charities on this list execute their missions in a fiscally responsible way while adhering to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities. ZMF and each charity on this list have earned perfect scores for its financial Health and its accountability and transparency. Those two scores then translate into a perfect 100-point overall score. Less than one percent of the thousands of charities rated by Charity Navigator have earned perfect scores.

This award recognizes ZMF for exceeding industry standards, and sets the organization apart from most other charities in America, as only 18% of the evaluated charities have been awarded at least three consecutive 4-star ratings. ZMF is proud to have demonstrated the kind of trustworthiness, dedication and efficiency that is worthy of this recognition.

Charity Navigator is the leading charity evaluator in America, evaluating ten times more charities than their closest competitors. They aim to keep donors equipped with the essential information needed to make informed decisions about their charitable decisions.

“We are very proud to have received the highest rating possible for three years now.  It is a result of our hard work and dedication to being a trustworthy and genuine cause,” said ZMF President & CEO Bill Moore.

About Zoo Miami Foundation
Zoo Miami Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that supports Zoo Miami through education, conservation and outreach programs; marketing and public relations; volunteer services and financial support for the construction of new exhibits.  For more information, call (305) 255-5551 or visit www.zoomiami.org.

About Zoo Miami

As one of the world’s greatest zoos, Zoo Miami is home to more than 3,000 animals from all over the world.  Visitors can now enjoy the NEW Florida: Mission Everglades expansion with alligators, bobcats, a bald eagle, a Florida panther and more impressive Florida natives.  Guests can slide along otters, come face to face with bears, crawl through a tunnel in the crocodile exhibit, float along the Lostman’s River “airboat” ride, play in the Cypress Landing Playground and more!

at Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Gifts for the Animals 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

CINDY CASTELBLANCO

Email: ccastelblanco@zoomiami.org

Direct: 305-328-8811

Cell: 305-793-9813

 

WATCH ZOO MIAMI ANIMALS RECEIVE HOLIDAY GIFTS ON SELECT DAYS IN DECEMBER

 

Miami, FL (December 1, 2017) – Not only do humans enjoy receiving and opening presents during the holidays, Zoo Miami’s animal residents do too!  Included with admission, Holiday Gifts for the Animals takes place on select days in December, including Christmas Day.  Visitors will be entertained watching the animals joyfully open holiday gifts prepared by zookeepers.  Below please find the holiday gifts schedule. 

 

Date

Time

Animal/Activity

2-Dec

10:30 a.m.     

Tree kangaroos open holiday presents

 

2:00 p.m.        

Asian small-clawed otters receive pine cones with treats

 

 

 

3-Dec

11:30 a.m.     

Giraffes open holiday gifts

 

3:00 p.m.        

Harpy Eagles receive treat boxes wrapped in holiday paper

 

 

 

9-Dec

10:30 a.m.      

Jaguars receive holiday-themed ice treats

 

2:00 p.m.        

Warty pigs get treat boxes wrapped in holiday paper

 

 

 

10-Dec

11:00 a.m.      

Meerkats get an Australian pine tree and small treat boxes wrapped in holiday paper

 

2:00 p.m.        

Flooded Forest Animals receive Australian pine holiday tree with edible ornaments

 

 

 

16-Dec

10:30 a.m.        

Sloth bears receive holiday gift boxes filled with treats

 

1:30 p.m.

Galapagos tortoises get juicy watermelon wreaths decorated with fruit

 

 

 

17-Dec

11:30 a.m.    

Asian elephants get edible ornaments

 

1:30 p.m.

Wacky Barn goats and friends get gifts

 

 

 

23-Dec

11:30 a.m.      

Lions get holiday-themed ice treats

 

1:30 p.m.        

New Guinea singing dogs get treat boxes wrapped in holiday paper

 

 

 

24-Dec

11:00 a.m.      

Giant river otters get holiday-themed ice treats

 

1:30 p.m.        

Wacky Barn goats and friends get gifts

 

 

 

25-Dec

12:30 p.m.    

Cassowary gets paper mache ornaments stuffed with treats

 

3:00 p.m.   

Rheas get paper mache ornaments filled with grapes

 

 

 

26-Dec

11:30 a.m.      

Orangutan and white-cheeked gibbons receive holiday presents

 

2:15 p.m.

African elephants get a giant Australian pine tree with elephant-sized edible ornaments

 

 

 

27-Dec

11:30 a.m.      

Giraffes open holiday gifts

 

1:30 p.m.     

Pygmy hippos get holiday-themed ice treats

 

 

 

28-Dec

11:30 a.m.      

Asian elephants get edible ornaments

 

1:30 p.m.      

Tapirs get holiday trees with fruit ornaments

 

 

 

29-Dec

10:30 a.m.    

Sloth bears get holiday gift boxes filled with treats

 

1:45 p.m.

Chimpanzees open their holiday presents

 

 

 

30-Dec

10:30 a.m.    

Tigers get ice treats

 

2:15 p.m.

African elephants get giant holiday trees decorated with their favorite treats

 

 

 

31-Dec

11:30 a.m.      

Orangutan and white-cheeked gibbons receive holiday presents

 

1:30 p.m.  

Flooded Forest Aviary animals receive paper mache ornaments stuffed with treats

 

 

About Zoo Miami

As one of the world’s greatest zoos, Zoo Miami is home to more than 3,000 animals from all over the world.  Visitors can now enjoy the NEW Florida: Mission Everglades expansion with alligators, bobcats, a bald eagle, a Florida panther and more impressive Florida natives.  Guests can slide along otters, come face to face with bears, crawl through a tunnel in the crocodile exhibit, float along the Lostman’s River “airboat” ride, play in the Cypress Landing Playground and more!

 

Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 street; Miami, FL 33177. Hours are 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; last ticket sold at 4 p.m.  Regular adult admission is $22.95 (plus tax) and regular child admission is $18.95 (plus tax).  Parking is free. For more information, please visit www.zoomiami.org or call (305) 251-0400.

Posted by Andrea Obregon at Friday, December 1, 2017

Zoo Lights 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

CINDY CASTELBLANCO

Email: ccastelblanco@zoomiami.org

Direct: 305-328-8811

Cell: 305-793-9813

 

START A NEW FAMILY TRADITION WITH 13 NIGHTS OF ZOO LIGHTS AT ZOO MIAMI
Join us on select nights in December for a holiday event featuring more than half a million lights

Miami, FL (November 8, 2017) – Zoo Lights, Zoo Miami’s winter holiday celebration event, is brighter than ever, with dazzling animal shaped and tree light displays. Zoo Lights will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in December, plus the week of December 26 – 30.

Guests can enjoy tons of complimentary entertainment, including themed nights with contests, holiday movies, light shows, music and dance performances, animal encounters, and Snowman’s River boat rides.  Hot chocolate and cookies*, photos with Santa and our Zoo Squad*, and holiday shopping at the Zoo gift shop*will also be available.  A tree lighting ceremony on December 1st with Ron Magill kicks off the festivities.  See the schedule of events and entertainment below:

Date

Theme

Activity

December 1 & 2

PJ & Snuggie Nights with Contest

Guests are encouraged to dress in holiday pajamas/snuggies for a chance to win prizes.

  • Tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 1 with Ron Magill at 7:30 pm
  • Performance by Crescendo Music School
  • Strolling Yuletide Carolers
  • Holiday Movies
  • Light Show
  • Holiday Karaoke
  • Photos with Santa
  • Snowman’s Boat Ride

December 8 & 9

Ugly Sweater Nights with Contest 

Guests are encouraged to dress in ugly sweaters for a chance to win prizes.

  • Dance performance by Alouettes Dance Academy
  • Holiday Movies
  • Light Show
  • Holiday Karaoke
  • Photos with Santa
  • Snowman’s Boat Ride

December 15 & 16

Galactic Nights with Contest

Guests are encouraged to dress like their favorite Star Wars, Star Trek, or Guardians of the galaxy characters for a chance to win prizes.

 

  • Appearance by The 501st Legion, a fan-based organization dedicated to wearing accurate replicas of Imperial Stormtrooper armor, Sith LordsClone Troopers, and other villains from the Star Wars universe.
  • Performance by the Suzuki Association of South Florida (12/15 only)
  • Performance by South Florida Music (12/16 only)
  • Holiday Movies
  • Light Show
  • Holiday Karaoke
  • Photos with Santa
  • Snowman’s Boat Ride

December 22 & 23

Santa & Elf Look-a-Like Nights with Contest

Guests are encouraged to dress as Santa or his elves for a chance to win prizes.

  • Performance by Performing Arts Center (12/22 only)
  • Performance by South Florida Music (12/23 only)
  • Holiday Movies
  • Light Show
  • Holiday Karaoke
  • Photos with Santa
  • Snowman’s Boat Ride

December 26 – 30

Frozen & Winter Wonderland Nights with Contest  Guests are encourage to dress as a Frozen movie character or in winter wonderland attire for a chance to win prizes.

  • Interactive musical performances by Steve Gryb
  • Holiday Movies
  • Light Show
  • Holiday Karaoke
  • Photos with Zoo Squad
  • Snowman’s Boat Ride

 

Admission to Zoo Lights is $9.95 per person plus tax.  The Zoo Miami Member rate is $7.95 plus tax.  Guests can also purchase special packages to save money. The General Zoo Lights Package is $12.95 plus tax and includes Zoo Lights admission, hot chocolate and two cookies. The Zoo Lights Picture Package is $27.95 plus tax and includes Zoo Lights admission, hot chocolate, two cookies and three 5x7 photos with Santa or the Zoo Squad (on days available). Corporate Holiday party packages are also available by calling Group Sales at 305-251-0400. For more information on Zoo Lights, admission packages and corporate packages, visit zoomiami.org.

*available for purchase

About Zoo Miami
As one of the world’s greatest zoos, Zoo Miami is home to more than 3,000 animals from all over the world.  Visitors can now enjoy the NEW Florida: Mission Everglades expansion with alligators, bobcats, a bald eagle, a Florida panther and more impressive Florida natives.  Guests can slide along otters, come face to face with bears, crawl through a tunnel in the crocodile exhibit, float along the Lostman’s River “airboat” ride, play in the Cypress Landing Playground and more!

Posted by Andrea Obregon at Wednesday, November 8, 2017

$10 Days 2017

Media Contact:
Cindy Castelblanco
305-328-8811
CCastelblanco@zoomiami.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ZOO MIAMI OFFERS $10 ADMISSION JULY 1-4, 2017 & LAUNCHES SALE OF

ZOO MIAMI LIVE! CONCERT TICKETS

Adults and kids can enjoy discounted admission to Zoo Miami through Fourth of July Weekend.

 

MIAMI, FL – (June 15, 2017) – Join Zoo Miami for affordable summer fun during Fourth of July weekend. Zoo Miami is offering $10 admission from July 1 – 4, 2017, which is more than 50% off regular admission. Guests can also add $10 to their purchase and return on July 15, 2017 to enjoy the first Zoo Miami Live! Concert, featuring The Long Run, an Eagles tribute band.

 

“We are happy to provide affordable family fun for the community,” said Carol Kruse, Zoo Miami Director. “It’s a great way to reach out to new visitors and celebrate Independence Day, and the Zoo’s 37th anniversary.”

 

Guests visiting on these discounted days can enjoy all Zoo Miami has to offer, including the new Florida: Mission Everglades expansion that features a new boat ride, an otter slide and a croc tunnel that are definitely must-do’s! From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the weekend, there will be great giveaways and treats for the whole family. On all four days, radio stations will be providing fun music and giveaways, and guests can enjoy Pepsi brand samples and chair massages from New Leaf Chiropractor. On Saturday and Sunday only, South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center will be giving away pairs of tickets to upcoming shows, plus there will be more giveaways from Pet Supermarket, and craft beers for purchase at the SSA Beer Garden. The Florida Panthers will also be present on Sunday only with giveaways for guests.

 

Zoo Miami Live!, a concert to benefit conservation, will be held on July 15, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Regular tickets purchased without a $10 day ticket are currently on sale and also include admission to Zoo Miami on July 15, plus a bonus admission ticket that can be used within a year. Prices are as follows: adults (age 13 and older): $30 plus tax per nonmember; $25 plus tax per member. Children (ages 3-12): $25 plus tax per nonmember; $20 plus tax per member.

 

For the full Zoo Miami experience during $10 Days Weekend, guests should plan to explore our Playworld Playground for some water play fun, plus our Samburu Giraffe Feeding Station and revamped Children’s Zoo now called Critter Connection.  

 

The special $10 admission prices are available at Zoo Miami only from July 1 – 4 and cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. Save time, buy your $10 tickets online at shop.zoomiami.org today.

 

 Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 street; Miami, FL 33177. General Zoo Admission is: $21.95 per Adult and $17.95 per Child (3-12), plus tax.  Children under two, Zoo members and parking are free. Zoo Miami’s hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; ticket booths close at 4 pm.  For more information please visit www.zoomiami.org or call (305) 251-0400.

Posted by Andrea Obregon at Thursday, June 15, 2017

Zoo Doo Makes Its Debut!

May 16, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For further information contact:
Ron Magill, Zoo Communications Director
305-251-0400, ext. 5084916 – Zoo Miami

“ZOO DOO MAKES ITS DEBUT!”

On Wednesday, May 17th, Zoo Miami will help celebrate Endangered Species Week by officially launching its “Zoo Doo” program to the public!

In an ongoing effort to reduce, recycle, and reuse, Zoo Miami has been collecting the manure (poop!) of a variety of endangered herbivores (rhinos, elephants, and other hoof stock) and combining it with grinded trees, plants, and landscape debris from the zoo to create compost.  Through this green initiative, Zoo Miami is reducing its landfill footprint while also saving on the purchase of soil.

The process of creating Zoo Doo is made possible by a specialized composter called an Enviro-Drum.  Zoo Miami is one of only two zoos in the country utilizing this special piece of equipment. The Enviro-Drum can hold 60 cubic yards of compostable material.  Approximately 2,000 pounds of herbivore manure is collected daily from six elephants, five rhinos, and three Bantengs (Asian endangered bovines) which provides the “brown” waste that is then combined with landscaping “green” waste.  The Enviro-Drum then mixes, aerates and heats the materials to over 131 degrees to break down the material and kill weed seeds.  The resulting product is dark compost that has very little resemblance to the original materials.   It is then used around the zoo for our botanical collection by the zoo’s horticulture department!

Now, Zoo Miami is happy to provide the most exotic compost in South Florida to the general public!  Beginning Wednesday, the public can purchase Zoo Doo in two different quantities.  A five pound “collector’s bucket” costs $12.95 plus tax and for the serious landscaper, a full cubic yard, can be purchased for $30.00 plus tax.  Zoo Doo can be purchased online (www.zoomiami.org/zoodoo) or at the front ticket booths.  The five pound collector buckets can be picked up daily from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM but the cubic yards can only be picked up Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

The media is invited to the official kick-off event tomorrow, May 17th, at 10:00AM at Zoo Miami.  Please go to Gate #2 where you will be met and escorted to the Enviro-Drum and our mountain of “black gold!”  Each attendee will be provided with their own sample of Zoo Doo also known as recycled “feces from endangered species!”  Ron Magill will give a special demonstration on how it is created (the compost, not the feces!) so come with a sense of humor!

Posted by Andrea Obregon at Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Brew at the Zoo 2017

Media Contact:

Cindy Castelblanco

Office: 305-255-5551

CCastelblanco@zoomiami.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

MIAMI NEW TIMES 8TH ANNUAL BREW AT THE ZOO RETURNS TO ZOO MIAMI MAY 6, 2017

Guests will enjoy food, live music, over 100 local, international and craft beers and free entry to Zoo Miami

 

Miami, FL (May 3, 2017) – Miami’s largest beer festival will return to Zoo Miami on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. In addition to enjoying over 100 local, international and craft beers, guests can look forward to live performances, food and animal encounters. This year’s musical performances will feature Patrick and the Swayzees, Inna Sense, and Bachaco, plus DJ Surge and Kat Lane. Guests that are fans of both beer and the zoo can enjoy access to both that day, as each Brew at the Zoo ticket will also allow free entry to Zoo Miami.

                Various ticket options are available for the event. General Admission tickets are $40 and include unlimited beer samples, entertainment, access to food vendors, and special offers from local merchants. Brewmaster tickets are $70 and include one hour early entrance to the event, access to exclusive beer tappings that are only available for Brewmaster and VIP ticket holders, a commemorative lanyard, and complete access to the General Admission area. VIP tickets are $80 and include one hour early entrance into the event, complimentary delicious beer-paired food, full size beers, spirit sampling, exclusive beer tappings, a commemorative lanyard and complete access to the General Admission and Brewmaster area. From 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., all guests can get up close with some of Zoo Miami’s resident critters with special animal encounters by the event entrance.

                Tickets are available for purchase at www.NewTimesBrewAtTheZoo.com. Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152nd Street, Miami, FL 33177. Parking is free.  

Posted by Andrea Obregon at Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Party for the Planet 2017

Media Contact:

Cindy Castelblanco

Office: 305-255-5551

CCastelblanco@zoomiami.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ZOO MIAMI CELEBRATES EARTH DAY AT PARTY FOR THE PLANET ON APRIL 22 & 23, 2017

Guests will learn how to be green with conservation-themed activities for the whole family, plus fun enrichment for our animals!

 

Miami, FL (April 19, 2017) – During Party for the Planet, held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 22 & 23, Zoo Miami guests will enjoy a tree and plant show and sale by the Tropical Tree Society, plus “green” activities and entertainment for the family. Even our animals will be joining the fun with enrichment items made in our new Animal Fun Factory from recycled and natural materials.

Below is the schedule for the weekend’s animal enrichment:

April 22 & 23

11 a.m.                Black bear                                 
11:30 a.m.          Orangutan/white-cheeked gibbons                                    
12 p.m.               Sloth bear                                          
1 p.m.                 Lions                                     
1:45 p.m.           Chimpanzee                                      
2:15 p.m.           African elephants                                           
2:30 a.m.           Saki & golden lion tamarins - Flooded Forest aviary                                     
2:45 p.m.           Black rhino                                       
3 p.m.                 Giraffe

Guests can come in FREE of charge on these days when they turn in a cellphone as part of our ECO-CELL phone recycling program. These donated cell phones will help gorillas by hopefully reducing the need for coltan – a mineral extracted in the deep forests of Congo in Central Africa, home to the world’s endangered lowland gorillas. Fueled by the worldwide cell phone boom, Congo's out-of-control coltan mining business has in recent years led to a dramatic reduction of animal habitat and the rampant slaughter of great apes for the illegal bush-meat trade.

 In the spirit of going green and saving green, Zoo Miami is also offering $5 off admission on these days in exchange for guests bringing in one gently used basketball, soccer ball, football, muffin tin or basket. This offer is limited to one item per person, and cannot be combined with offer promotional offers. These items will be reused for even more enrichment items for our animals!

This year, we are also partnering with the Ramos Boys, who are challenging fellow Miami students to help save the Everglades! Participants are being offered free admission on Saturday, April 22, as an incentive for meeting certain donation marks! Find out more at www.donate.zoomiami.org/ramosboys.

On Sunday, April 23, the Florida Youth Orchestra will be performing “Where the Wild Things Area” at the Sami Family Amphitheater.

Members and children under the age of 2 enter free to Zoo Miami. Parking is also free. Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 Street, Miami FL, 33177. Save time, buy your tickets online at shop.zoomiami.org. More information on Party for the Planet is available at www.zoomiami.org.

Posted by Andrea Obregon at Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Egg Safari 2017

Media Contact:

Cindy Castelblanco
Office: 305-255-5551
CCastelblanco@zoomiami.org

                                                                                                                                               

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

MIAMI’S LARGEST AND GREENEST EGG SAFARI AT ZOO MIAMI ON APRIL 15-16, 2017

Kids ages 12 and under will enjoy hunting for biodegradable Easter eggs filled with palm-oil free and sustainable palm oil candy. Plus, enjoy games, prizes and Easter Bunny photos!
 

Miami, FL (April 10, 2017) – On April 15 & 16, celebrate Easter the green way during Zoo Miami’s Egg Safari, with 100,000 eco-friendly eggs made in the USA from plants that fully biodegrade. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., kids 12 and under can enjoy continuous egg hunts, animal egg safaris, music, crafts and games and more – all with a paid Zoo admission. Zoo Miami Members get in FREE, and an hour earlier than non-Members on both days.

            Kids are sure to have a blast dancing to performances by Steve Gryb – “The Pied Piper of Percussion” – and taking photos with the Easter Bunny, plus music, games and prizes by The Hits 97.3 FM. Even our animals will enjoy their own special holiday enrichment treats, made just for them in Zoo Miami’s Animal Fun Factory – where guests can help create these items on weekends and holidays! See schedule below:

Saturday, April 15

10:30 a.m.       Tiger

11 a.m.            Bear

11:30 a.m.       Orangutan

11:45 a.m.       Meerkats

12:30 p.m.       New Guinea singing dogs & tree kangaroos

1 p.m.              Cape hunting dogs

1:45 p.m.         Chimpanzee

2:30 p.m.         Cassowary

3 p.m.              Warty pigs/ red river hogs

3:15 p.m.         Warthogs

Sunday, April 16

10:30 a.m.       Tiger
11 a.m.             Bear
11:30 a.m.        Orangutan
11:45 a.m.        Meerkats
12:30 p.m.        New Guinea singing dogs & tree kangaroos
1 p.m.                Cape hunting dogs
1:45 p.m.          Chimpanzee
2 p.m.                Cassowary
3 p.m.                Warty pigs/red river hogs
3:15 p.m.          Warthogs

           

            Members and children under the age of 2 enter free to Zoo Miami. Parking is also free. Members hunt one hour early, starting at 10 a.m. Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 Street, Miami, FL 33177. Save time, buy your tickets online at shop.zoomiami.org. More information on Egg Safari is available at www.zoomiami.org.

Posted by Andrea Obregon at Monday, April 10, 2017

Summer Savings Pass 2017

4 attractions…4 months of fun…1 price!

 

THE ‘SUMMER SAVINGS PASS’ IS COMING BACK!

 

Lion Country Safari, Miami Seaquarium, Museum of Discovery and Science and Zoo Miami

 to offer popular unlimited admission pass beginning May 13, 2017.

 

Fort Lauderdale, FL- March 31, 2017 - Lion Country Safari, Miami Seaquarium, Museum of Discovery and Science and Zoo Miami will be offering a ‘Summer Savings Pass’ for the seventh year in a row.  The Summer Savings Pass will give pass holders unlimited admission to all four attractions throughout the summer!   4 attractions…4 months of fun…1 low price.

The Summer Savings Pass will be available for purchase at each of the participating parks beginning on May 13, 2017 and will be valid for admission to each of the attractions until September 30, 2017. Museum of Discovery and Science, Lion Country Safari, Miami Seaquarium, and Zoo Miami will also have the passes for sale online at their respective websites: www.mods.org www.LionCountrySafari.com, www.miamiseaquarium.com, www.mods.org and www.zoomiami.org.
At $58 plus tax, per adult and $48 plus tax, per child (ages 3-12), this pass grants unlimited admission through September 30, 2017 at Lion Country Safari, Miami Seaquarium, Museum of Discovery and Science and Zoo Miami. Annual Pass holders of these attractions will be eligible to purchase this pass for only $33 plus tax, per adult, and $23 plus tax, per child. For more information on the Summer Savings Pass visit www.summersavingspass.com

Lion Country Safari

Lion Country Safari, located in West Palm Beach, is a four-mile drive-through safari with over 900 animals roaming free within inches of your vehicle including giraffe, zebra, rhinos, lions, wildebeests and more.  Admission includes entry to Safari World Amusement Park with animal encounters (giraffe feeding, bird feeding and petting zoo) and demonstrations, kid’s train, carousel, paddle boats, water spray ground and more), games, shopping, food and thrills. We are located on Southern Boulevard (SR80) (just 15 miles west of I-95/10 miles west of the Turnpike). The park is open daily. For more information, call (561) 793-1084 or visit: www.LionCountrySafari.com

Miami Seaquarium

Discover South Florida’s favorite visitor attraction. Enjoy amazing marine mammal shows with Lolita the orca whale, dolphins and sea lions that delight children of all ages.  Make a feathered friend at the new Penguin Isle exhibit. See world-class sea life exhibits with manatees, sea turtles, sharks, rays and more.  Learn about wildlife rescue and marine animal care at the Conservation Outpost.  Plus, there is no greater thrill than getting in the water with the friendly, intelligent and graceful dolphins at Dolphin Harbor. Connect up close and personal…and become friends for life!

Miami Seaquarium is minutes from downtown Miami, on the Rickenbacker Causeway, on the way to Key Biscayne.  The park is opened daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information or to book a dolphin interaction experience, call (305) 361-5705 or visit www.miamiseaquarium.com

Museum of Discovery and Science

Spend a day of discovery exploring hundreds of interactive exhibits including the Birds of Paradise summer exhibit from National Geographic. Visitors can take a ride on the Everglades Airboat Adventure, experience hurricane force winds in the Storm Center, dig for fossils alongside a giant prehistoric megalodon, enjoy the playful antics of North American river otters and see exciting science demonstrations. Meet an alligator and get eye-ball to eye-ball with a huge Florida spiny lobster. Take a ride to Mars or soar through the skies in an FA-18 cockpit simulator. Whether you’re two or 82 visit the Museum of Discovery and Science and enjoy a full day of family fun.

The Museum is open seven days a week, 365 days a year; Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. and is located at 401 S.W. Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312. For more information call (954) 467-MODS (6637) or visit our web site at www.mods.org

Zoo Miami

Visitors to Zoo Miami can now enjoy the NEW Florida: Mission Everglades expansion with alligators, bobcats, a bald eagle, a Florida panther and more impressive Florida natives.  Guests can slide along otters, come face to face with bears, crawl through a tunnel in the crocodile exhibit, float along the Lostman’s River “airboat” ride, play in the Cypress Landing Playground and more!

Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 street; Miami, FL 33177. Hours are 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; ticket booths close at 4 p.m.  Parking is free. For more information, please visit www.zoomiami.org or call (305) 251-0400.

 

Media Contacts:

Jennifer Berthiaume, Lion Country Safari 561.793.1084 ext. 2260 marketing@lioncountrysafari.com

Judelsys Acosta, Miami Seaquarium 305.365.2525 JAcosta@msq.cc

Marlene Janetos, Museum of Discovery and Science 954.713.0915 mjanetos@mods.net

Cindy Castelblanco, Zoo Miami 305.328.8811 ccastelblanco@zoomiami.org

 

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Posted by Andrea Obregon at Friday, March 31, 2017

Secretary Bird Hatch

February 17, 2017

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

RON MAGILL, Zoo Communications Director

305-251-0400, ext. 84916 – Zoo Miami
 

ZOO MIAMI HATCHES UNIQUE BIRDS

Zoo Miami is proud to announce the hatchings of a Secretary Bird and a Great Blue Turaco for the first time in the zoo’s history.

The Great Blue Turaco hatched on February 7th after an incubation period of 31 days and weighed just over 40 grams.  Great Blue Turacos are the largest of all of the turacos reaching an overall length of 30 inches and a weight of close to 3 pounds.  They are found in the canopies of forests in Central and Western Africa and feed on a variety of fruits, leaves, flowers, shoots and insects.

The Secretary Bird hatched on February 15th after an incubation of 42 days and weighed just over 86 grams.   Secretary Birds are found in African savannahs and woodlands south of the Sahara and have the longest legs of any bird of prey.  They grow to be almost 5 feet tall with a wingspan that can approach 7 feet.  Though they will eat a variety of reptiles and small mammals, they are famous for hunting and eating snakes, including venomous ones.  They hunt by walking on the ground and when they see a prey species will stomp on it with great quickness and force until it is incapacitated and can be eaten.  They get their name from their resemblance to male secretaries of the early 1700’s who wore gray tail coats and placed quilled pens behind their ears which are replicated in appearance by the specialized feathers that stick out of the back of the head of Secretary Birds. 

Posted by Andrea Obregon at Friday, February 17, 2017

Giant Anteater Exhibit Debut

February 20, 2017

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

RON MAGILL, Zoo Communications Director

305-251-0400, ext. 84916 – Zoo Miami

 

BABY GIANT ANTEATER TO MAKE EXHIBIT DEBUT!

“Bowie,” the first giant anteater ever born at Zoo Miami, will make its exhibit debut tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. at the Amazon and Beyond exhibit at Zoo Miami.

Born on December 21st, the male offspring has spent the last several weeks bonding with his mother to insure that he is developing properly prior to being put on public display.  During those weeks, the first-time mother has demonstrated excellent maternal behavior and zoo management has determined that the infant is now established enough to be placed on exhibit for the public to appreciate and admire.

Giant anteaters are the largest of three species of anteaters growing to a length of 7 feet and are found in the tropical grasslands of Central and South America.  They are toothless mammals and have the longest tongue relative to their body size of any mammal.  They use their powerful claws to dig through termite and ant nests where they can eat more than 30,000 of the invertebrates a day!  And though they have no teeth, those powerful claws can be an excellent defense against any threat, including jaguars.  The newborn baby will ride on its mother’s back for up to a year before becoming more independent. 

Interested media should arrive at the Zoo Administration Building adjacent to the front entry plaza by 9:45 a.m. so that they can be escorted back to the exhibit in time to capture the images of mom and baby as they first come out!

Posted by Andrea Obregon at Friday, February 10, 2017

Gorilla Matriarch at Zoo Miami Euthanized

January 18, 2017

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

RON MAGILL, Zoo Communications Director

305-251-0400, ext. 84916 – Zoo Miami

GORILLA MATRIARCH AT ZOO MIAMI IS EUTHANIZED

It is with heavy hearts that Zoo Miami announces the loss of our matriarch gorilla, “Josephine.”  Born in the wild in March of 1967, the nearly 50-year-old great ape had been suffering from several health issues that have slowly incapacitated her, none of which can be treated with positive results due to her advanced age.  Over the past several days, a variety of exams and tests were performed that resulted in several abnormalities which indicated systemic terminal conditions that had no chance for positive outcomes.

This morning, Josephine could hardly move, even to reach for her favorite treat.  At that time, the staff met and made the very difficult decision that with no hope of recovery, the right thing to do was to humanely euthanize her.  That procedure was successfully performed this afternoon.

This New Year has been especially difficult for the great ape team at the zoo as earlier this month we also lost “Binti,” a 34-year-old female chimpanzee that succumbed to a blood clot.  She was the first chimpanzee born at Zoo Miami and her mother, Rosebud, is still alive and now resides at the St. Louis Zoo.

Josephine arrived at Zoo Miami (then Miami Metrozoo) in March of 1983 on loan from the National Institute of Health.  She was officially donated to the zoo in January of 2000.  In 1984, Josephine gave birth to the first gorilla born at Zoo Miami, a male named “Moja.”  Moja went on to the Gladys Porter Zoo where he fathered several offspring, most notably “Harambe,” the male silverback that was tragically killed at the Cincinnati Zoo last year to avoid serious injury to a child who had fallen into the enclosure.

In 2009, after being practically blind due to severe cataracts, Josephine received cataract surgery and had two artificial human lenses implanted into her eyes that successfully restored her sight.  This historic surgery greatly improved Josephine’s quality of life for several years and was celebrated in the media as well as within the zoological community.

With Josephine’s passing, Fredrika, a 42-year-old female, is the only gorilla that remains at Zoo Miami.  It is most likely that she will be transferred to another institution so that she can be socialized with another gorilla troop.  At that time, Zoo Miami will wait for the recommendation of the Gorilla SSP (Species Survival Plan) coordinator as to what gorillas will come to Zoo Miami to establish a new troop.

 

Posted by Andrea Obregon at Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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