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About Brevard Zoo Melbourne, Florida

Brevard Zoo

The Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida, is 75 acres of recreational activity that is much more than a stroll past animals in cages. Here, some of the animals roam free, kayaks take you to see white rhinos and you can zip line past the birds. This is not your average zoo.

Building of the zoo began in 1992 and was constructed with the help of over 16,000 volunteers. It was completed in 1994, An exhibit of animatronic dinosaurs was added in 2006.

Animals are shown in their natural habitats and, in many cases, visitors can interact with them. With special admission, visitors can actually feed some of the animals and get close enough to touch them.

The many adventures offered by Brevard Zoo provide unusual vantage points from which to enjoy the animals.

By Train

For a small fee ($3.00), you can ride the “Cape to Cairo Express” an open-air train, through the habitats of camel, ostrich, and oryx. The ride lasts about 10 minutes and has a running commentary about the habitats of these unique creatures.

By kayak

You can choose a guided tour around an exhibit or go off on your own in the Wild Florida area where you may encounter the rare Southern white rhino. These tours are $9.95 for ages 5 and up. There is also one hour tour to lemur island where you will have a 20-minute stop. Be advised that you are not allowed to hold the lemurs that may come up to touch you, but you can enjoy their proximity and take loads of fun pictures. The cost for this adventure is $44.95 and is for ages 5 and up.

Up in the Air-Treetop Trek

An experience unique to Brevard Zoo is the aerial tour through the treetops via zip line, swinging logs, and other enjoyable elements. There are several degrees of difficulty from which to choose, all of which are fun and challenging. There is even a beginner level called Canopy Walk, just 20 feet up in the trees that offer some of the best animal viewings of the zoo’s La Selva exhibit. Prices vary.

Brevard Zoo’s mission statement promises “Wildlife Conservation Through Education and Participation”. To this end, they have many educational programs, restoration projects, and healing centers. Their “Quarters for Conservation” program collects twenty-five cents from every admission to support programs around the world. To date, cheetahs, iguanas, and orangutans are just a few of the species to benefit from these donations.

The zoo’s activities vary from day to day, so consult their website: www.brevardzoo.org to choose the best time for your visit. Also, you should read this post About Vacationing in Cocoa Beach. lots to see and do in this area.

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