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Zoological Wildlife Foundation

#5 of 347 things to do in Miami Features Animals
16225 SW 172nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33187-1320
(305) 969-3696
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Dream come true!

What an extraordinary experience for any animal lover. I surprised my boyfriend with the general... read more

Reviewed 31 December 2016
Naples, Florida
Hands on and high value!

Superior to any zoo that I've been to in awhile. Got to touch or hold 10+ animals from a toad to a... read more

Reviewed 29 December 2016
Taylor S
via mobile
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ZWF Miami is the only zoo in South Florida with as many animal encounters. We carry more than 40 exotic species at our facility with many available for interactive activities involving our guests. The five acre zoo houses everything from domestic animals and primates to large predatory birds and mammals. Some of our popular selection of exotic zoo animals are Gibbon Apes, Sloths, Lemurs, Owls, snakes, Anteater, Lions, Snow Leopards, Tigers, Ligers, Black Jaguar, Lynx, Serval and mischievous Capuchin monkeys - like those used in many movies. The Zoological Wildlife Foundation offers intimate tours and private encounters by appointment. Contact us to schedule a special tour with our exotic animals! It's an experience you will never forget. Tours must be prepaid and booked in advance in order to guarantee your desired date and time. DIRECTIONS: Please use these directions. GPS tends to send our travelers via a dirt road. Take the FLORIDA TURNPIKE and EXIT on Eureka Drive, 184th Street headed WEST Make a RIGHT on Eureka Drive and head down to Krome Avenue, 177th Avenue Make a RIGHT heading North to 160th Street Make a RIGHT heading East for half mile to 172nd Avenue Make a RIGHT on 172nd Avenue We are on the left side about a half block down
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
16225 SW 172nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33187-1320
(305) 969-3696
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Reviewed 31 December 2016

What an extraordinary experience for any animal lover. I surprised my boyfriend with the general tour/ tiger cub encounter as a Christmas present and it was such a hit. We had the most passionate tour guide named Caroline and her gibbon assistant Chong made the...More

Thank madeleinebolsen
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Superior to any zoo that I've been to in awhile. Got to touch or hold 10+ animals from a toad to a kangaroo. Close up encounter with wolves really topped it off. Most affordable option and highest quality when compared to all other zoos/wildlife sites...More

2  Thank Taylor S
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

I had a great time especially with the tiger cub! Went with friends and a 3 year old and it was fun for everyone. Hailey was our guide and she was awesome! Friendly, informative, and professional. Will definitely recommend to others.

Thank MDinMIA
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

This place is amazing. We did the general tour with the tiger cub experience and, though pricey, it was totally worth every dollar spent!!! The tour guides were knowledgeable and extremely friendly. Also, if you feel you didn't get enough time with the animals they...More

1  Thank Lisette C
Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

A fun visit with the family. We did the General Tour. There are amazing animals that you can interact with even the ones that are in a pen. The guide has one or two of the guests run with a big ball on a string...More

Thank Calivia
Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

This place is amazing. The place, the animals, and the staff are wonderful. We had a great time a few month ago, and we had to come back. You can interact with so many animals it's awesome. You have to come an see for your...More

Thank Alex A
Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

This had been recommended by a colleague and was a highlight of our trip to Miami. Advance booking is required and we booked the general tour prior to leaving the UK with the tiger cub encounter booked the day before (ZWF recommended we booked an...More

1  Thank Lesley-Anne T
Reviewed 10 December 2016

This was our third trip over the last 5 or so years and each time we have done a different tour. This time we opted for the feline experience. Very expensive but worth the price. Got to play with a jaguar cub, leopard cub, and...More

1  Thank stantonfinancial
Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

What an amazing trip! Clean, safe, exiting! Our guide, Janesse, was fun and knowledgeable. A must-visit.

Thank Rob_S_Philly
Reviewed 4 December 2016

we have been to zoological wildlife foundation this summer with my wife, 12 year old daughter and some friends. this was an amazing experience. this place isnot a zoo!! yes, you have animals in cages but very limited species. the real experince comes from the...More

Thank erem d
Maria T, Owner at Zoological Wildlife Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2016

Kudos to you for your support! Thank you.

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Hi. Do you always get the chance to hold a monkey on the general wildlife tour? Thanks
12 June 2017|
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Response from ryamss64 | Reviewed this property |
Depends on the tour guide also. First time we were able to. second not so much. Capuchins were happy, he held them often. We sat in a circle and watched.
Is there public transportation available from South Beach, and what would the cost be ?
29 March 2017|
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Response from Maria T | Property representative |
Hi Troy! Public transportation in Miami is not very efficient. We would recommend you take an Uber or Lyft for this special ocassion. Another option would be to rent a car for the day, it might come out to the same amount... More
Can both my daughters play with the tiger at the same time and just do one encounter? Or do I have to pay for both encounters? Thanks.
12 March 2017|
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Response from Maria T | Property representative |
Hello there! Yes, encounters are paid per person. Please make sure to visit our website as we do have age restrictions. Thank you!