South Florida is widely recognized for its unique variety of wildlife including the critically-endangered Florida panther, both the American alligator and the American crocodile, and even a few invasive species. Zoo Miami is now building a new exhibit complex titled, “Mission: Everglades” that will allow guests at the zoo to experience the unique wildlife of South Florida like never before.
Scheduled to open in late 2016, Mission: Everglades will be accompanied by a new entrance plaza at the zoo, which will include event space, dining areas, a discovery lab, a children’s play area, and a new flamingo exhibit. The main entrance plaza will also be full of life-sized animal cut-outs to give guests a preview of what species they can expect to see and interact with throughout their day.
Once guests pass through the entrance plaza, they will be encounter the entry to the Mission: Everglades exhibit. Upon entering this exhibit, they will have a choice of two ways to see the animals: an innovative walking exploration experience or an immersive boat tour through the habitats.
Some of the innovative ways Zoo Miami plans to connect guests with South Florida wildlife on the walking tour include an underwater tunnel through the American crocodile exhibit, a slide that passes through the North American river otter pool, a log tunnel going through the exhibits for black bears and Florida panthers, and a suspended rope bridge over the American alligator pond. The boat ride will also provide visitors with viewing opportunities of all of the species in the exhibit complex.
For anyone interested in supporting this expansion, Zoo Miami is conducting an online commemorative brick sale. The bricks that fans purchase online will be placed in the entry walkway to the Mission: Everglades exhibit upon its opening. The prices are $125 for a 4” x 8” brick, $250 for an 8” x 8” brick, and an additional $25 for clip art to be added to the design. To support the expansion reserve your brick, please click here.
Next year will be an exciting time for Zoo Miami, so check back soon for more updates! For more information click here.
Concept art via: Miami Dade