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Zoo and Exotic Animal Attractions in Miami


No need to go far to have an exotic animal encounter in Florida. To see endangered species up close and personal, come face to face with ferocious predators in open-air settings, and discover a range of educational and conservation programs, there are many options of Florida’s zoos that allow animal lovers to see a breathtaking variety of wildlife in their natural habitats. 

Perfect for a family-friendly afternoon of exploring local wildlife, here are the best zoos in Florida to visit this summer.


Zoological Wildlife Foundation

16225 SW 172 Ave, Miami, FL 33187-1320

ZWF Miami is the only zoo in South Florida with as many animal encounters. They carry more than 40 exotic species at our facility with many available for interactive activities involving the guests. The five acre zoo houses everything from domestic animals and primates to large predatory birds and mammals. Some of the popular selection of exotic zoo animals are Chimpanzees, Gibbon Apes, Sloths, Lemurs, Owls, Snakes, Anteater, Lions Cub, Tiger Cubs, Ligers, Black Jaguar, and mischievous Capuchin monkeys - like those used in many movies. The Zoological Wildlife Foundation offers intimate tours and private encounters by appointment. Contact them to schedule a special tour with their exotic animals! It's an experience you will never forget!  Interactive and fun for families by providing an up-close-and-personal approach with wildlife. This has established ZWF as one of the top attractions in South Florida.


Safari Adventure

23700 SW 142nd Ave, Miami, FL 33032-2201

The best experience for an interactive wildlife experience. Hug a Kangaroo, Hold an Alligator, Play with Wolves, Pet a Sloth, and more! When you visit, you will get a close up experience with over 100 species of wildlife from 5 continents including Kangaroos, Anteaters, Sloths, Arctic & Timber Wolves, 4 species of Fox, Lemurs, Monkeys, 2 species of Fruit Bats, Skunks, Armadillos, Alligators, Caiman, Tegus, Monitors, 2 species of Porcupines, Emus, large Tortoises, Snakes, Lizards, Tarantulas, Scorpions, CoatiMundis, Mata Matas, and much more. Enjoy Kangaroo & Wolf Encounters, and participate in one of our hands-on wildlife presentations offered several times each day. They offer five beautiful acres filled with over 100 mature native and exotic trees that provide lots of shade and interesting, interactive learning experiences. You will have the opportunity to visit the enchanting sunken rainforest garden, as well as our butterfly and hummingbird gardens. You can also explore our organic garden with herbs, spices and other intriguing plants in their candy, drinks, spices, vegetable, medicinal, and pizza sections. 


Zoo Miami 

12400 SW 152nd St, Miami, FL 33177-1402

Zoo Miami today occupies almost 750 acres, and is home to more than 3,000 animals representing over 500 different species. Of this population, more than 40 species are classified as endangered. The zoo also houses more than 1,000 species of trees, palms and other plants, and over 100 special exhibits showcasing a broad number of species and scientific topics. Zoo Miami are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) which means we have passed a rigorous application and inspection process and meet or exceed the AZA's standards for animal health and welfare, fundraising, zoo staffing, and involvement in global conservation efforts. Zoo Miami is proud to be an active leader in many global wildlife and environmental conservation initiatives, and are currently involved in over 36 projects taking place on six continents.


Monkey Jungle

14805 SW 216th St, Miami, FL 33170-2299

Monkey Jungle is a one of a kind wildlife park and discovery center established in 1935. It is on a natural subtropical forest in southern Miami Dade County. The Jungle wildlife live here much as they would in their native habitats. Visitors, students and scientists experience unique up close encounters with these amazing creatures in Miami's natural 30-acre Jungle park. Over 4,000 primates run free throughout this reserve.


Jungle Island

1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132-1611

Jungle Island is located between downtown Miami and South Beach. Home to animal wonders including lovable lemurs from Madagascar, the only tame cassowary on the planet, parrots, twin orangutans - Peanut & Pumpkin - and much more. Enjoy access to its spectacular shows, unique animal exhibits and fun children's play area, animal encounters. Challenge your friends at Battle Grounds, enjoy a unique thrilling outdoor skydiving experience with SuperFlight, take a mental journey through riddles and challenges in our Escape Rooms or Zip-line in our Adventure Bay ; all set among a lush, tropical environment in Jungle Island. 


Lion Safari 

2003 Lion Country Safari Rd, Loxahatchee, FL 33470

Florida's only drive through safari and walk through amusement park invites you to spend the day on safari with over 1000 animals.  With animal displays and encounters, animal feeding experiences, 5 rides, water sprayground, food, shopping and more, you are sure to have a memorable experience at Lion Country Safari. They are a leader in animal care, conservation and education to inspire people through connections with wildlife in a fun atmosphere.


Shark Valley Tram Tours

36000 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33194

The Everglades is a unique and fascinating ecosystem.  When you take an Everglades National Park tour, Shark Valley, you’ll travel in a relaxed setting, learning about the ecology and history of the Everglades from their friendly and knowledgeable Park trained naturalists.  They;ll turn turn your sightseeing visit to a highly educational tour of the Everglades, and at the halfway point on your adventure, you can walk to the highest accessible point in the Everglades National Park, viewing platform of the Shark Valley Observation Tower.