Dinosaurs will remain alive at Zoo Miami through July 5

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Due to popular demand, Dinosaurs LIVE! will remain at Zoo Miami through July 5, 2015 with 22 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs and displays that look like the real animals that once existed! These extinct creatures will remain on “life support” in this extraordinary outdoor Jurassic adventure. Open daily during normal zoo operating hours, this exhibit will continue to transport guests to a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

            “We’re excited to announce that Dinosaurs LIVE! will remain open during the premiere of the highly anticipated Jurassic World movie in mid-June and through our Independence Day weekend activities.  More than 250,000 visitors have already enjoyed experiencing these realistic creatures come to life and by the time it closes in early July, we expect that over 330,000 people will have seen them at Zoo Miami,” said Zoo Miami Director Eric Stephens.

            Among the dinosaurs on exhibit, guests will be thrilled to discover favorites like a fully grown “spitting” Dilophosaurus and baby, fast moving carnivores named after its two crests, and of course, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, whose name means “Tyrant Lizard King” due to its size and power. Other dinosaurs may be easily recognized by visitors, including the Quetzalcoatlus, one of the largest flying creatures to ever exist, a juvenile Deinosuchus, a distant relative of the crocodile we see today and a Brachiosaurus – a long-necked creature that could have measured up to 50 feet tall.

            Guests will be amazed to find dinosaurs they never knew, including the Pachycephalosaurus – whose name means “thick headed lizard”; the Citipati that is identified by its unusually short head that ends in a short toothless beak, giving it a bird-like appearance; and the Parasaurolophus whose name means “beside crested lizard”.

            There is so much to see, learn and experience at this one-of-a-kind exhibit that guests may want to rent a safari cycle to see all of the dinos in no time.  Sponsored by Assurant and with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Dinosaurs LIVE! is included with Zoo admission and is open through July 5, 2015 Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends and holidays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Want to see Dinosaurs LIVE! at night?  Join us for a Dino Night Adventure or D.N.A. on June 4, 6, 27 or July 2 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Roam the zoo at night with a flashlight helping to locate all of the dinosaurs, including the monstrous T-Rex lurking in the shadows!  Zoo Members are $15 and non-Members are $20.  Registration includes prehistoric pizza, the night adventure with a flashlight and an animal encounter.  For registration and available dates visit   shop.zoomiami.org.  For more information, e-mail education@zsf.org or call (305) 255-5551(305) 255-5551.  

Those interested in more than just admission to Dinosaurs LIVE! can opt to purchase a package that includes a food basket, a souvenir cup, and dinosaur-themed augmented reality playing cards for $28.95 for children ages 3-12 and $30.95 for adults at shop.zoomiami.org.  In order to interact with the augmented reality playing cards, guests will need to visit zoomiami.org/dinos to download the free DinosaurCo app (formatted for Android and Apple devices). Due to the large size of the application, we highly recommend downloading it prior to your visit.  Once downloaded, the app can be pointed at the blue and green dinosaur images on the playing cards to view dinosaurs in stunning augmented reality, complete with full animations and interactivity.

If guests want to take their dinosaur fascination to another level, they can Adopt a dino for only $65 through the Jurassic Adoption package at www.zoomiami.org/adopt-an-animal under the Adopt Specials tab.  It includes a choice of a Tyrannosaurus plush, a Triceratops plush or a Brachiosaurus plush with a Zoo Miami Lunch Cooler, a personalized Certificate of Adoption with fun facts, a 4 x 6 photo of the adopted dino, plus a subscription to Keepin’ it Wild!, the quarterly e-newsletter.  This special is available while supplies last.

Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 street; Miami, FL 33177. General zoo admission is: $17.95/adult, plus tax and $13.95/child (3-12) plus tax. Children under two, zoo Members, and parking are free. Zoo Miami’s hours are 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday and 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on weekends; ticket booths close at 4 p.m. For more information please visit http://www.zoomiami.org or call (305) 251-0400(305) 251-0400.

AZA Grants Accreditation to Zoo Miami

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The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) today announced that Zoo Miami was granted accreditation by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission.

“By meeting the highest standards, Zoo Miami is regarded as among the best zoos and aquariums in the world,” said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy. “When people visit Zoo Miami, they can be assured that they are supporting a facility that is a leader in the care and conservation of wildlife.”

To be accredited, Zoo Miami underwent a thorough review to ensure it has and will continue to meet ever-rising standards, which include animal care, veterinary programs, conservation, education, and safety. AZA requires zoos and aquariums to successfully complete this rigorous accreditation process every five years in order to be members of the Association.

The accreditation process includes a detailed application and a meticulous on-site inspection by a team of trained zoo and aquarium professionals. The inspecting team observes all aspects of the institution’s operation, including animal care; keeper training; safety for visitors, staff and animals; educational programs; conservation efforts; veterinary programs; financial stability; risk management; visitor services; and other areas.  Finally, top officials are interviewed at a formal hearing of AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission, after which accreditation is granted, tabled, or denied.  Any institution that is denied may reapply one year after the Commission’s decision is made.

Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science, and recreation. AZA is the accrediting body for the top zoos and aquariums in the United States and seven other countries. Look for the AZA accreditation logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. The AZA is a leader in saving species and your link to helping animals all over the world. To learn more, visit http://www.aza.org.

4 Great Attractions -1 Low Price. Summer Savings Pass on sale May 18, 2015 at Museum of Discovery and Science

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Lion Country Safari, Miami Seaquarium, Museum of Discovery and Science and Zoo Miami will be offering a ‘Summer Savings Pass’ for the sixth 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 18, 2015 and will be valid for admission to each of the attractions until September 30, 2015. 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: http://www.mods.org www.LionCountrySafari.com, www.miamiseaquarium.com, http://www.mods.org and www.zoomiami.org. In addition, Museum of Discovery and Science will have the passes available by phone at (954) 713-0930(954) 713-0930.

At $56 plus tax, per adult and $46 plus tax, per child (ages 3-12), this pass grants unlimited admission through September 30, 2015 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 $31 plus tax, per adult, and $21 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, free rides (Ferris wheel, 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(561) 793-1084 or visit: www.LionCountrySafari.com

Miami Seaquarium
It’s a South Florida attraction like no other. A place where dolphins walk on water and a killer whale flies through the air; slithery moray eels lurk in coral reef caverns; giant sharks patrol their territory; sea lions delight children of all ages; endangered sea turtles and manatees find a safe haven; and gentle stingrays glide beneath your finger tips at the new Stingray Touch Pool. It’s a world-class marine-life entertainment park with eight different marine animal shows and presentations offered daily. Go on an underwater helmet diving adventure at the Seak Trek Reef Encounter! Miami Seaquarium is a place of inspiration, education – and fun! There’s no greater thrill than getting in the water with the friendly, intelligent and graceful dolphins at Dolphin Harbor. Two different dolphin interaction programs offer fun for everyone. Reservations are required.

Miami Seaquarium is located on the Rickenbacker Causeway, on the way to Key Biscayne.  The park is opened daily from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information or to make reservations, call (305) 361-5705(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 new EcoDiscovery Center. 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, get close to a confrontation between a saber-toothed cat and an Imperial mammoth, and enjoy the playful antics of North American river otters. See exciting science demonstrations and special exhibit Sesame Street Presents the Body. Hang out with bats, turtles and sharks. Meet an alligator and be charmed by a 6-foot-long snake. Take a ride to Mars or soar through the skies in an FA-18 cockpit simulator. Whether you’re two or 82 years old, 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. Add to your adventure with an IMAX® experience in the 300-seat AutoNation® IMAX 3D Theater that features the BIGGEST screen in South Florida. The Museum of Discovery and Science is 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
Discover what makes Zoo Miami a unique experience for visitors of all ages.  Rated one of the top ten zoos in the U.S. by Tripadvisor.com, Zoo Miami houses more than 2,000 animals in natural habitats and provides visitors the feel of a safari. Enjoy animals like okapis, giant river otters, elephants and rhinos in large open air exhibits; a giraffe feeding station; camel rides; an Indian rhino encounter; Australian parrot feeding; meet and greets with new mascots, the Zoo Squad; tram tours; family cycles; water play areas; a monorail and large exhibits like Amazon & Beyond.

Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 street; Miami, FL 33177. Hours are 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 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(305) 251-0400.

Dinosaurs Live! coming to Zoo Miami

Dinosaurs LIVE! is coming to Zoo Miami on January 24, 2015 with 22 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs and displays that look like the real animals that once existed! Prepare to see these extinct creatures come back to life in an extraordinary outdoor Jurassic adventure. Open daily during normal zoo operating hours only through May 10, 2015, this exhibit will take zoo guests back to a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

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            Among the dinosaurs on exhibit, guests will be thrilled to discover favorites like a fully grown “spitting” Dilophosaurus and baby, fast moving carnivores named after its two crests, and of course, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, whose name means “Tyrant Lizard King” due to its size and power. Along the journey, guests will find not only an adult Tyrannosaurus Rex, but also a nest of freshly hatched newborns and a baby T-Rex that seems as vicious as a grown one. Other dinosaurs may be easily recognized by visitors, including the Quetzalcoatlus, one of the largest flying creatures to ever exist, and a juvenile Sarcosuchus, a distant relative of the crocodile we see today. Towering over the other dinosaurs and many of our trees as well will be the Brachiosaurus, a long-necked creature that could have measured up to 50 feet tall.

            Guests may be amazed to find dinosaurs they never knew, including some with fascinating features, like the Pachycephalosaurus – whose name means “thick headed lizard”. Its thick skull was surrounded by blunt bony knobs and spikes, making it stand out from the other dinosaurs. The Citipati is identified by its unusually short head that ends in a short toothless beak, giving it a bird-like appearance. The Parasaurolophus also stands out with a unique feature to help identify it. Its name means “beside crested lizard,” and after spotting it, it is obvious why. This dinosaur has a long bony crest atop its head that measured about 6 feet long. Be sure to keep an eye out for its egg nest as well, but don’t get too close!

            “We believe this exhibit will bring many visitors to the zoo since our fascination with these creatures has outlived them.  Many people know more about dinosaurs than animals that are still present today.  We invite visitors to feed their dinosaur fixation by visiting Dinosaurs Live! at Zoo Miami,” said Zoo Miami Director Eric Stephens. 

This exhibit is nothing short of amazing. Guests will be surrounded by several other dinosaurs, posed in their natural state, including a couple of Coelophysis, very fast runners with curved necks that resemble long legged bird, a Deinonychus slashing through its fallen prey and another watching on as guests pass by.  On display will also be an impressive Diabloceratops, Protohadros, Acrocanthosaurus and an interactive photo opportunity with a Pachyrhinosaurus.

            There will be so much to see, learn and experience at this one-of-a-kind exhibit by Billings Productions, a leading provider of animatronic dinosaurs.  You may have to come more than once to take it all in! Dinosaurs LIVE! is included with Zoo admission and is open from January 24 to May 10, 2015 Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends and holidays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 street; Miami, FL 33177. General zoo admission is: $17.95/adult, plus tax and $13.95/child (3-12) plus tax. Children under two, zoo members, and parking are free. Zoo Miami’s hours are 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday and 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on weekends; ticket booths close at 4 p.m. For more information please visit http://www.zoomiami.org or call (305) 251-0400(305) 251-0400.

 

Second Annual Tommy Hilfiger ZooRun5K and Kidz Medical Services ZooKidsDash at Zoo Miami, November 16, 2014

Zoo Miami again will host a 5K race it can call its own! The Zoological Society of Florida and West Kendall Baptist Hospital have partnered to offer two fun, wild events on November 16, 2014. Unlike other 5Ks and walks held at the zoo, this event will offer benefits that only the team at the zoo can offer, running through the Zoo Miami exhibit path and bringing back memories of the renowned Jungle Jog run that started 31 years ago and ended in 2002.  

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The Tommy Hilfiger ZooRun5K, which sold out in its inaugural year, is for folks of every speed – from cheetah to tortoise – so no matter your pace, come out for fun and exercise. This 3.1 mile timed race is walker-friendly and will take place around the entire zoo. The Kidz Medical Services ZooKidsDash is a race for kids ages 2 – 9. This race will include a range of distances from 100 to 525 meters and opportunities to interact with Gigi, Kaz and Pio – the popular Zoo Squad mascots.  

“We are pleased to team up with West Kendall Baptist Hospital again to bring back the excitement of 5K running at the zoo!  With 2,000 race registrants already, we know that children and families want to be at Zoo Miami to experience this amazing park.  Come take a walk (or run!) on the wild side!” said Ron Magill, Zoo Miami Communications and Media Relations Director.

“West Kendall Baptist Hospital is thrilled to partner with Zoo Miami in hosting this 5K race.  This event is an extension of our three year partnership focused on the health of our environment and our community. With the Healthy Zoo, Healthy You initiative, part of the Healthy West Kendall coalition, we hope to inspire our community to make healthy living a priority,” said Michelle Mejia, AVP, at West Kendall Baptist Hospital. “What better way than to get outdoors and run with the animals.”

The Tommy Hilfiger ZooRun5K pre-sale price of $30 is valid today through October 28 and increases to $35 from October 29 through November 15.  Registration fees will increase to $45 on race day. The Kidz Medical Services ZooKidsDash pre-sale price of $10 is valid today through November 15 and increases to $17 on the day of the race. An additional processing fee will be added per transaction.  The first 4,000 5K and 1,000 Kids Dash registrants will receive free admission to Zoo Miami, a premium t-shirt, themed finisher medal, post race food and a race unlike any in South Florida. As if all of this weren’t enough, race registrants can purchase Zoo Miami tickets for friends and family with a 50% discount on race day! To register, visit http://zoomiami.org/run.

Zoo Miami receives $1.35 million from the Posner Trust

Zoo Miami and the Zoological Society of Florida were fortunate to have received a $1.35 million gift from the Gail S. Posner Trust to name and create the Gail S. Posner Trust Australian Complex, Sanford J. Schlesinger, Trustee, at Zoo Miami

The gift for the Posner Australian Complex will be used to renovate the interior of the Australian building, also known as the “back of house,” which houses the koalas and Matschie’s tree kangaroos and to expand exhibit areas of the current Australian lobe at Zoo Miami.  The interior renovation will include modifications to the koala’s holding areas.  The expansion will provide for the enclosure of a 2,500 square foot outdoor space which is adjacent to the koala and kangaroo building.  This new enclosure will provide additional display areas for the koalas during the cooler months and year-round space for Galah cockatoos, a pink and grey parrot commonly found in Australia.  The Zoo has three koalas: a 19 year-old male named Cobber (one of the oldest in the country), an 18 year-old female named Danda-Loo and ten year-old male named Sandy. 

Additionally, the gift will support koala conservation programs in Australia through the Conservation Ecology Centre, Cape Otway, Victoria, Australia, create the Gail S. Posner Perceptorship Program in conjunction with the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine where veterinary students will intern at Zoo Miami, fund an educator at Zoo Miami that will develop and execute Australian animal programming for students, support the hiring of a new Australian animal zookeeper at Zoo Miami, and purchase the eucalyptus diet for the Zoo’s koalas.

Zoo Miami was selected for the gift to honor and support its excellence in animal care in memory of Posner’s profound love and concern for animals. “Gail Posner loved animals of all kinds and would have been thrilled by this gift which will provide care for these magnificent Australian animals locally and in Australia.  Because of Gail’s generosity, this gift will also enhance the educational experience of students and visitors to Zoo Miami about the animals and the importance of conservation.  I believe Gail Posner would have been proud to have the new Australian Complex named in her honor,” said Sanford J. Schlesinger, Esq.

 The Zoological Society of Florida, founded in 1956, is the non-profit support organization for Zoo Miami. Today it is one of the largest membership organizations in South Florida, with approximately 63,000 members. Its activities and programs include fundraising, marketing, volunteer services, educational programs, special events and member programming. Its mission is to encourage an appreciation for the world’s wildlife and to help conserve it for future generations.  For more information, please visit www.zsf.org or call (305) 255-5551.

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Discover what makes Zoo Miami a unique experience for visitors of all ages.  Rated one of the top ten zoos in the U.S. by Tripadvisor.com, Zoo Miami houses more than 3,000 animals in natural habitats and provides visitors the feel of a safari. Enjoy animals like okapis, giant river otters, elephants and rhinos in large open air exhibits; a giraffe feeding station; camel rides; an Indian rhino encounter; Australian parrot feeding; meet and greets with mascots, the Zoo Squad; tram tours; family cycles; water play areas; a monorail and large exhibits like Amazon & Beyond.

 Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 Street, Miami, FL 33177. General zoo admission is $17.95 per adult and $13.95 per child (3-12), plus tax.  Children under two and zoo members enter free; parking is free. Zoo Miami’s weekday hours are 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and weekend and holiday hours are 9:30 am – 5:30 pm; ticket booths close at 4 pm.  For more information, please visit www.zoomiami.org or call (305) 251-0400.