Jungle Island, South Florida’s popular landmark attraction, invites guests to embark on Miami’s greatest hands-on wildlife adventure. Combining the beauty of a tropical landscape with a jungle full of 450 extraordinary animals from around the globe, Jungle Island is South Florida’s botanic and wildlife park, with attractions and exhibits for the entire family.
Some of Jungle Island’s most famous animal residents include J.J., the highly intelligent Spanish-speaking cockatoo; Mama Cass, the only tame cassowary on the planet; and Vulcan, the brother of Hercules, a liger who holds the Guinness World Record for World’s Largest Living Cat. Two of the park’s most popular residents are Pumpkin and Peanut, one of the only sets of orangutan twins in the world. In July 2012, Peanut was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and became the first orangutan in the world to be treated with aggressive chemotherapy just like a human.
With so much to do, guests can enjoy any of the shows and presentations such as the world-renowned Winged Wonders, with its dynamic performing birds including a free-flying Andean condor; the Wild Encounter show, which features a wide array of tigers, capuchin monkeys and gibbons; and Wild Adventures, a presentation that takes an audience full of research assistants on a wild safari adventure through the animal kingdom to meet animals from around the globe — from a lemur to a kinkajou and even African penguins.
For those looking for more up-close-and-personal interactions, Jungle Island offers unique experiences not found anywhere else, such as the Lemurs! Up Close! and Hangin’ With Sloths encounters. These unique offerings allow for one-of-a-kind interactions with these incredible animals.
Guests who seek an adventure of a lifetime can embark on a series of behind-the-scenes VIP animal tours conducted by passionate animal specialists. The privately guided excursions grant special hands-on access to the park’s most fascinating exhibits and personal interactions with everything from primates to birds to reptiles, and much more. In fact, the VIP tours are so popular that numerous celebrities flock to Jungle Island to participate in these memorable experiences, including Hayden Panettiere, Beyoncé, Shakira, Christian Slater, Salma Hayek, among others.
Jungle Island lives up to its name with its lush tropical jungle setting in the heart of Miami filled with unusual flora, from the extraordinary African sausage tree to a collection of rare cycads. Visitors to Jungle Island can stroll along the 1.35 miles of winding, covered trails as they enjoy their day in the park. Guests can also cool off at Jungle Island’s private beach oasis, Parrot Cove.
Building upon a rich tradition that began in 1936, Jungle Island enriches the lives of park visitors through immersive experiences centered on adventure, animals, discovery and play.
For your next Miami adventure, be sure to visit www.jungleisland.com.
Photos courtesy of Jungle Island