"Spring" on Over to Zoo Miami This Spring


“Spring" on Over to Zoo Miami this Spring

Enjoy National Geographic’s Crittercam, Music of the Americas at Amazon and Beyond, Bank of America Zoofari Spring Camp, Zoo Miami’s Great Egg Safari, Party for the Planet, and Brew at the Zoo

Miami, FL (March 4, 2013) – Have fun and learn this spring at Zoo Miami.  We’re celebrating the new season with a myriad of events and activities for the whole family including: National Geographic’s Crittercam exhibit, Music of the Americas at Amazon and Beyond, Bank of America Zoofari Spring Camp, Great Egg Safari, Party for the Planet, and Brew at the Zoo.

At National Geographic’s Crittercam you will feel like you are swimming through tropical landscapes with turtles, diving beneath the ice with penguins and foraging in the forest with a family of bears — experiencing life as animals do.  This is a 6,000-square-foot traveling exhibition developed by the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., and will run through May 5, 2013 at Zoo Miami. Crittercam, invented by National Geographic marine biologist Greg Marshall, is a scientific video- and data-gathering tool safely worn by wild animals, offering researchers insights into animal behavior and clues to protecting animals and the world we share.

Music of the Americas at Amazon and Beyond will take place at 1 and 2 p.m. on weekends and holidays through April 28 with rhythmic samba tunes, Brazilian dance acts, South American flutes, woodwinds, and harp by the following artists and groups: Roberto Perera & Jorge Alfano, Brazilian Jazz Trio, Amazon Dancers and a drum circle.  Please visit www.zoomiami.org for the complete schedule of performances.

The Bank of America Zoofari Spring Camp will be held Monday – Friday, March 25 – 29, for children ages 4 – 10.  At camp, children attend special animal presentations, learn about wildlife conservation and much more! Pre-registration is required.  For more information, visit www.zoomiami.org or call (305) 255-5551.

Join us at our annual Great Egg Safari on Saturday and Sunday, March 30 and 31, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  It’s a magical day at Zoo Miami with continuous egg safaris, fun activities, the Easter Bunny and more for kids 12 and under.  Our animals will also get special treats in honor of the holiday.

Zoo Miami’s Earth Day celebration – Party for the Planet – will be held Saturday and Sunday April 20 and 21, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  The Tropical Flowering Tree Society will be hosting its annual plant show and sale.  There will also be fun “green” activities and entertainment for the entire family as well as animal enrichment with recycled items and/or natural materials like newspapers, cardboard tubes, bamboo, old tires, fire hoses, and more.

During Party for the Planet, guests can come in free of charge if they turn in a cellphone as part of our ECO-CELL phone recycling program. Not only will each person donating a cellphone enter the zoo for free on these two days, but they will also help save gorillas! Cell phones include coltan, a mineral extracted in the deep forests of Congo in central Africa, home to the world's endangered lowland gorillas. Fueled by the worldwide cell phone boom, Congo's out-of-control coltan mining business has in recent years led to a dramatic reduction of animal habitat and the rampant slaughter of great apes for the illegal bush-meat trade. By turning in your cell phone, we can hopefully reduce the need for additional coltan … and help protect the gorillas.

Come celebrate Miami New Times’ and Zoo Miami’s fourth annual Brew at the Zoo Saturday, May 4, from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. (6 p.m. – 7 p.m., VIP early admission). Sample over 100 kinds of beer from around the globe and enjoy live musical performances. Beer bites will be available for purchase.  More information will be available at www.zoomiami.org.

National Geographic’s Crittercam, Music of the Americas at Amazon and Beyond, the Great Egg Safari, and Party for the Planet are included with zoo admission.  Spring camp and Brew at the Zoo have additional and/or different costs associated with them.  Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 Street, Miami, FL 33177. General zoo admission is $15.95 per adult and $11.95 per child (3 -12), plus tax. Children under 2 and parking are free.  Hours are 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; ticket booths close at 4 p.m.  For more information, please visit www.zoomiami.org or call (305) 251-0400.

The Zoological Society of Florida is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that supports Zoo Miami through education, conservation and outreach programs; marketing and public relations; volunteer services and financial support for the construction of new exhibits.

Media Contacts:

Cindy Castelblanco

Office: 305-255-5551