Dr. Wilde’s World of Discovery is an indoor museum located near the front entrance of the zoo designed to combine fun and education for all ages. For majority of the year, Dr. Wilde’s World displays a unique exhibit called “The Wonders of Tropical America” filled with interactive learning opportunities and interesting displays about plants, animals and the people found throughout the tropical American rainforest. Here, visitors can get a close up look at a working beehive, examine a vast array of animal skulls, cocobolo wood carvings, and check out some fascinating little critters! For several months out of the year, though, Dr. Wilde’s World plays host to some fascinating traveling exhibits. Most recently, from January to May of 2013, Zoo Miami opened National Geographic Crittercam: The World Through Animal Eyes. This 6,000-square-foot exhibit was designed to allow visitors to share unique experience directly from the point of view of animals. Here, you can see how scientific video and data-gathering technology is safely worn by animals like sea lions, penguins, turtles and lions to record first-hand footage of their behavior and surroundings.
Dr. Wilde’s World has also hosted several other amazing traveling exhibits. An extremely popular exhibit was The Scoop on Poop, which returned to Zoo Miami in January of 2011 after a successful debut in 2006. This quirky exhibit explored the wonders of animal poop: how both humans and animals use it. Large colorful graphic panels and three-dimensional interactive models were used to educated visitors on how poop can give away very important information on animals. This amusing exhibit, a kid-favorite, turned a usually “stinky” subject into a great mix of science and fun! In 2010, Dr. Wilde’s World was invaded by larger-than-life critters withThe World of Giant Insects exhibit, which featured huge animated robotic insects, blown up 30 to 600 times their regular size to give visitors an up close and personal look at them. Other successful exhibits have included: Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly, Discovering Chimpanzees: The Remarkable World of Jane Goodall and Geico’s giant day gecko exhibit