Miami Zoo

Miami Zoo

Miami Dade County

Miami Metrozoo
12400 SW 152 St. Miami
305-251-0400

Miami Metrozoo is owned and operated by the Miami-Dade County Park and Recreation Department, it has over 80 exhibits, 740 total acres, more than 1,000 animals, representing over 400 species and more than 900 species of trees.

History

The Crandon Park Zoo, located on Key Biscayne, was created in 1948.
In 1965, Hurricane Betsy put three feet of water over most of the zoo and caused the deaths of 250 animals
In 1967 the Crandon Park Zoo was ranked among the top 25 zoos in the United States.
In 1971, T. A. Strawser was hired by the Zoological Society to develop a master plan and model for a new zoo.
Construction began in 1975 and was completed in 1976.
In 1982 the monorail opened to the public.
In 1989, the first koala born on the east coast was born at Metrozoo.
The children's petting zoo opened in 1989.
In 1990 the Asian River Life Experience was opened to the public.
In 1992 Metrozoo was hit by Hurricane Andrew. Over 5,000 trees were lost.
In 1993 7,000 new trees were planted to restore a natural canopy to animals and visitors.
In 2008 Camel rides began operating in the Children's Zoo.
In 2008 the $50 million, 27-acre Amazon and Beyond exhibit is the largest exhibit of tropical America flora and fauna in the United States.
Amazon and Beyond represents the second phase of the Zoo's 20-year $350 million master plan.

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