Zoological Wildlife Foundation, Miami
Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Housing numerous wild, exotic, and domestic animals, Zoological Wildlife Foundation offers one of the most personal animal encounters in South Florida. Reserve a tour, and get a chance to cuddle a baby tiger or get licked by an anteater. You can also feed a toucan, play with wolves, pet monkeys and lemurs, and have a photo session with a sloth. At this 10 ha (25 ac) zoo, you'll also see crocodiles, tigers, lions, large and small birds, and numerous other animals. You must reserve your tour in advance. Put Zoological Wildlife Foundation at the forefront of your travel plans using our Miami vacation builder.
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My husband and I love doing animal encounters whenever we can and were excited to book a tour with ZWF in May. Cost for both of us for admission and personal tour was $340, nothing to sneeze at, but w... read more »
I had found this place on TripAdvisor before we went on Holiday. I love animals but am always very careful where I go to see them as there are a lot of places which do it for the money and not the car... read more »
I had the privilege of visiting and interacting with a baby lion, just awesome. I highly recommend taking time to go and visit. Even though it may be only 5 acres, you will see for yourself how happy ... read more »
I came here with a conference, so the group rate may make my experience a better value than others. I also often forget that many people haven't had the same hands on, face to face, tiger crawling over you experiences. For all the normies out there... TL;DR- ZWF is a smaller, more intimate, zoological area (it's not really a "zoo" but I don't know what they DO) that offers tours of the animals in their care as well as hands on engagement with their animals. Their team is very knowledgable about their animals, and they show a clear care for their well being. I advise getting an early morning tour, along with a one on one meeting with your preferred animal they have available. I do advise bringing bug spray, I found the shade to be plenty, but it is almost entirely outdoors. My personal experience . . . (The long one) Our large group was supposed to be split into two, and we had one group go one way, the other group go the other. I couldn't say if this happened, rather I saw the zoo keepers moving, and started following. I enjoy taking photos, and I prefer not to record what people's heads look like- so I get in first and get out first. We saw several animals, an anteater, monkeys, and some more usual guys as we made our way to the camels. Here, we got to really get up close, which includes feeding them, by hand or mouth. Yepp, smooching was encouraged when done properly! Follow their instructions, please! Here we got to see a better glimpse of the zoo keepers. Number one, they are all knockouts. These girls are all gorgeous. But it's not just the ladies. Yes, they are clearly fit, dress well, and either have perfect skin or wear make up well- but even the dudes (none of them ZKs) were fit! I'm comfortable enough with myself to be able to say, they had some fit and handsome guys here. It was like a zoo version of Baywatch. Number two, they fall on a tight rope, and balance there. Working with living creatures, there are two paths when hiccups occur. Being a push over, and being too easily influenced by emotions. The camels were giving our ZKs a bit of a hard time. It wasn't a big deal, but putting myself in their shoes, they have almost 80 people watching them. Expecting full control, and execution. The precision of carving a turkey with the action like riding an ostrich. It's high stress to perform well, and give a great experience. It was clear (to me) the individuals were frustrated that they weren't getting proper cooperation, but at no point did they break and show frustration or anger towards the animals, nor did they get pushed over and back down from the challenge. Without going into much further detail on their micro expressions, they were in the comfort zone of not being weak, and controlling themselves in a higher stress situation. That's the right place for someone who works with animals. Moving forward, we saw the big cats, as well as some smaller, less "interesting" animals. Sorry sloths, but the lions have you beat. I personally wasn't interested in these spaces. It is very up close (safe), but I like to photograph. The fences made this a non starter. My normal habitat is 20-80 feet from my target, moving or stationary, and that's the way I shoot best. 8 feet from a cat with a 55-300mm lens isn't my cup of tea, and of course no way for a macro with the fencing. This led us to the high point. High point like the plane I'm riding in, not like that the starbucks person pronounced your name right for an $8 coffee. In the gazebo, we got to engage with an emu, lizard, owl, alligators, armadillo, boa, and others. -The owl is my favorite order of animal. They are more solitary, have specialized hunting skills, and the actual physics that has honed from evolution (necks, eyes, face & ears, feathers, how they fly, I can ramble on and on). This little guy was perched and able for gentle petting as well as selfies and photos. He was very interested in getting to know some of the local birds. As in, what they taste like. My review gets cut off here :( You'll enjoy it! :)
This is an amazing place to be in touch with nature! All the animals are very well taken care off. The staff members are very nice and know exactly what they are doing. I would definitely visit again and again and again and of course highly recommend this place to be visited not just for kids but for adults. You learn so much about these beautiful creatures and you get to interact one on one with some of them. Absolutely love it!! Thank you for having this beautiful place for the animals it sure shows they are very well kept and loved.
I researched ZWF Miami months in advance to make sure that they were more than just a business. My girlfriend and I flew from Virginia just for this occasion. Our tour guide was amazing, I literally asked dozens of questions about the animals, she didn't get annoyed or gave me attitude, instead she answered them thoroughly. The facility treats the animals really well, far better than anything I've seen at other zoos/facilities. We got to play and meet with the baby animals and yes some of them were super energetic and some weren't but no one's to blame, animals have personalities like us and no one can really force them to act the way they want them to...because that would be abuse. In addition to the baby animals, we met a variety of mature animals and also learned a lot of cool facts about them. It was worth every single penny, honestly made me reevaluate where I want to take my career. I give this place an 11/10. Hope to be back here soon. p.s anyone complaining about the prices being too high or whatever. Like I said it's worth every penny and I never write reviews for anything so that should tell you how cool this place is.
Place is amazing. Awesome staff, very knowledgable. Came here randomly with little to no research on the place and I couldn't have been more happy with my experience. I will come back and visit everytine I'm in the Miami area. Spray bug spray Bc some knats are pesky but worth every bit.
We bought the cheapest package "general wildlife encounter". Got a tour around the park for about 40 mins outside the cages, looking at lions etc. Not the best, since we have seen lions in cages before. Lemur was following the whole time, which the kids loved. Fed the dromedary, nice. Last 30 min was interaction with 2 owls, baby money, baby alligator, 3 snakes, turte, which was very cool. Very nice guide. Total tour time was 70 min. We liked the Lemur so much that we booked "The lemur experience" at Jungle Island, which was really nice (but expensive, since Jungle Island is a very crappy zoo, except for the Lemurs).
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