Don't miss the Zoo's Spring Celebration of our newest exhibit the African Forest!
Saturday, March 2 & Sunday, March 3, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The Zoo will be buzzing with special activities throughout the day including, animal enrichment, keeper chats, live music by the Wassalou Band (Disney's Animal Kingdom performers) and much more! Be sure to stop by The Watering Hole, the Zoo's new beer garden, open weekends.
Special animal trainings and keeper chats, Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3
Gorilla Exhibit, Gorilla Cognitive Training, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Kapok Tree, Mandrill Feeding and Enrichment, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Gorilla Exhibit, Gorilla Training & Enrichment, Noon - 12:30 p.m.
Gorilla Exhibit, Gorilla Cognitive Training, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Bonobo Exhibits, Bonobo Feeding and Keeper Chat, 2:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Madagascar, Lemur Exhibit, Keeper Chat, 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Spring Member Night
March 22, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Calling all members: join us for an all new event! At the Spring Member's Night, you'll have the run of the Zoo with train rides, carousel, and 4D Theatre. Enjoy live music in Range of the Jaguar, and a DJ and bounce houses on the Great Lawn. Come hungry, the restaurants will have special deals running. Come thirsty, the beer garden will be open! The festivities start at 4 p.m., gates close at 7 p.m. Animals will be on display until 7:30 p.m.Member's Night is free for all members. You can bring the corresponding number of guests on your membership to the event. Not a member, join today!
African Forest: Wellness-Inspired Design
Wellness begins with a deep understanding of the preferences and the needs of each species. Optimal wellness is obtained when every animal is thriving. The more an animal's behavior mimics the behavior of free-living wild animals, the more likely wellness has been achieved. The African Forest exhibit has been a huge success with both the animals and guests! With opportunities for the animals changing all of the time, this means that guests may have a new experience hour-to-hour and with every visit.
From the moment guests approach the new African Forest entryway, they are captivated by a magnificent 40 foot Kapok Tree. This iconic tree serves as the heart and hub of the exhibit. The interior of the massive trunk is accessible to staff via a stairway so that caretakers may study and attend to the animals.
Building in choices, challenges, and variation is a key element of wellness-inspired design and a foundational principle of the new African Forest. With the help of a small force of dedicated students, guides, and volunteers, our Animal Wellness Department gathers and analyzes observational and behavioral data. This data was applied to the design of African Forest with the goal of creating environments in which animals thrive.
With African Forest, we have combined the best in exhibit design, research, animal wellness, and interpretation; pushing our boundaries and charting a new zoo path. We aim to deliver a full and comprehensive experience for our animals, guests, and staff, and in the process, produce one more revolutionary, world-class habitat.
Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
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