Orangutans and gibbons will be off exhibit from Jan 17 - 20 for exhibit improvements. Wildlife Carousel will be closed for maintenance Jan 17 - 20. From Jan 17 - Mar 2017, some areas of the Children's Zoo will be under construction to improve our guests' experience. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Large and In Charge

Our African Elephants, Peggy and Mabel, are majestic representatives of this iconic species. Despite the international ban that was enacted in 1990, poaching for the ivory trade continues to have a devastating impact on these beautiful, important animals.

Our African Elephants

Weighing anywhere from 5,000 to 14,000 pounds, and standing between 7 to 14 feet tall, African Elephants are the largest land mammals in the world. With enormous, wrinkled bodies, large floppy ears that resemble the shape of their home continent, and huge trunks that by themselves contain thousands of different muscles, one thing is for sure: these massive creatures are pretty hard to miss. While the species is threatened in the wild, Zoo Miami is the home of two female African Elephants, Peggy and Mabel. Peggy was born in Botswana and is now 37 years old. She tends to be the more dominant of the pair, taking charge and being more outgoing than Mabel. Sweet and captivating, Peggy definitely loves when the spotlight is on her. Her pal, Mabel, is also from Botswana and is 37 years old. While she is not as dominant as Peggy, Mabel still loves to get attention, and she is very intelligent and mature. She is calm and patient when working with zookeepers and is very engaged when it comes to participating in her enrichment activities.


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General support of Zoo Miami and the Zoological Society of Florida ensures that our commitment to education, conservation, animal care, and serving the community is fulfilled. There are many ways to give and show your support, from supporting an event or program at the zoo, capital support for new exhibits, or honoring a loved one. We are here to serve the community and we can do so much more with your support!

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