MetroZoo has thousands of animals, including many endangered species. ((courtesy, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau))

Miami's MetroZoo, the only zoo in the continental United States in a subtropical climate, started in 1948 as Crandon Park Zoo when three monkeys, one goat, and two black bears were purchased for $270 from a small road show stranded near Miami. Today, there are more than 2,000 animals, representing over 500 species (with over 40 endangered species), on nearly 740 acres. In 2007, Metrozoo opened the $35 million "Tropical America" exhibit, 27 acres of jaguars, anacondas, giant river otters, stingray touch tanks, and more. The zoo is also home to the American Bankers Family Aviary "Wings of Asia" exhibit, representing 70 species of exotic, rare, and endangered Asian birds in a large free-flight area that feels like an Asian jungle. Another popular attraction is "Dr. Wilde's World," which includes a new Wild Earth Jeep Simulator where guests can take a virtual African safari.

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Away Travel Expert: Candyce H. Stapen
FamilyExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Children of all ages
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  • Highlights: white Bengal tiger, Aviary, Wings of Asia
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12400 Southwest 152nd St
Miami, Florida 33177

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Telephone Number: (305) 251-0400
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