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“nice place to spend an afternoon” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Brevard Zoo

Brevard Zoo
8225 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL 32940
321-254-9453
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Ranked #1 of 51 things to do in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: Brevard Zoo is home to more than 650 animals, representing 165 species. Feed gentle giraffe and lorikeets, go kayaking or take a paddle boat ride and ride the train. Get wet in Paws On, enjoy daily animal encounters and be sure to experience our rhino encounters.
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Newport, Rhode Island
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“nice place to spend an afternoon”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2010

We went to the Brevard Zoo today because it was too chilly to go to the beach! Our three kids, ages 12, 10 & 6 enjoyed the zoo quite a bit. They loved the aviary - feeding the lorikeets was a special treat, as they landed on us, drinking fruit nectar from the little cups we purchased for $1.00 each. We also purchased a "seed stick" for $1.00 to feed the cockateels. (Our 6-year-old daughter enjoyed this more than her brothers, who preferred the more colorful and vocal lorikeets.)

The paths through the zoo are a series of boardwalks that meander through dense foliage. Very nice, and shaded, so the sun is bearable. Various animals are situated in large cages on either side of the boardwalk, and the zoo is divided into sections by geography/habitat. The cheetahs, wolves, jaguar, and marmosets were the favorites of my family.

Kayaking was closed in the Florida section when we were there, but the Africa section kayak station was open, but we didn't have time to partake.

The best part of the zoo, in my opinion, is new the Paws on Play section. My kids loved it, and so did we parents! There is a section with shallow pools for water play, with various ways to get sprayed, an aquarium full of beautiful local species of fish and rays, a tank of sea creatures that you can hold (with assistance from a zookeeper), and - our favorite - the petting area. Friendly alpacas and goats let you touch them to your hearts content. A monitor lizard creeps about, and there are 4 or 5 armadillos are corralled separate area in the center that you can enter at designated times. This was my favorite part of the day. What amazing and friendly creatures!

We were disappointed that the giraffes weren't at the observation deck for us to feed. We purchased the special crackers ($2), and waited 30 minutes, but they never showed up. The keeper told us they were hiding behind a grove of trees and would show up eventually. When they didn't, we returned the crackers.

There were a few things about the zoo that I didn't care for. 1) The price. It cost almost $60 for our family of 5 to enter the zoo. This is a very small zoo, and I feel the price was a bit steep for a family. A family discount would have made it more palatable. We didn't do the kayaking, because it would have cost us another $30 ($6.00 each). 2) The noise from the highway. Route 95 is adjacent to the zoo, and the woosh of the cars and rumbling of truck engines is ever present. This really ruined the atmosphere for my husband and me, and the kids commented on it, as well. I know they can't do anything about this, but it definitely took away from our enjoyment of the park.

All in all, it was a nice way to spend a few hours, though I can't say we'd ever go back again.

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“Creative Animal Interaction”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2010

On a recent visit to Melbourne, Fl , (and due to very cold weather), we decided to visit the Brevard Zoo based on write-ups here on TripAdvisor. Note that Melbourne is not a Disney type town so activities for children other than the beach are somewhat limited.

As with previous reviews, the zoo is small in size but still carries many large animals. With its circular walkthrough and paths that branch out to different exhibits, navigating the zoo is fairly easy.

Major pluses are all the interactions you can have; feeding within the bird sanctuary, feeding a giraffe, and even talking to a parrot. There is also a small 10 minute railroad ride that takes you around the backside of the zoo. There’s a kayaking Explorers package that we did not purchase. We were able to feed the giraffe late in the afternoon, (just one of them.), however it was recommended that if you want experience the interaction with the animals, its preferred you do come early.

Now, like other zoological societies, the Brevard Zoo relies on “ala-carte” experiences within its exhibits. Meaning each experience will have a fee attached to it. To feed the giraffes you will have to purchase crackers. To feed the birds, you will have to purchase a cup of bird feed, etc. Same goes for the train ride. However, if you plan on having a total zoo experience, plan to purchase one of their “packages” for a few dollars more. It’s understandable if one sees this zoo on the expensive side for its size, however many wild life conservations do not receive as much funding from either government or private contributions as one might think to survive.

Downside to the zoo was the available concessions. Although it was a mid-week and very cool, the zoo was busy yet the concessions had just popcorn as a snack and typical hotdogs and other basic food items. On the plus side, they did not appear to mine if you brought in your own picnic.

It is a must visit if you have small children and are visiting in the central east coast of Florida.

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“Go for the Scenery”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2010

Definitely an enjoyable place to take a relaxing stroll. The zoo operators have done a great job of creating a beautifully landscaped zoo that so pleasantly represents the natural flora of Florida and the park is kept very clean. The zoo is small, but they have taken care to put animals in cages that appear to represent the animals natural habitat. The zoo has unique features, such as an aviary you can walk through while birds fly around you freely, a tall platform that allows you to feed giraffes face to face, plus the chance to kayak around the zoo. Overally, I am very glad Brevard does have a zoo as I am an animal lover and enjoy visting zoos. Here, however, are a few concerns that I noted: giraffes do not come out to feed after 2:00 p.m. nor are they visible for your viewing as the zoo operators have provided them a tall bluff of trees and bushes for them to hide behind so not only can you not feed them, you will not see them either - kind of a shame since the feeding of the giraffes is one of the zoo's biggest attractions. Also, the petting zoo has got to be the worst petting zoo I've ever been to. The animals are crammed into a small space and you are not allowed to feed them so they basically ignore you. I can remember a time when the zoo first opened that you could feed deer and pet them in a large, wide-open space and nobody bothered you. Lastly, I was at the zoo on Sunday and there were hundreds of wild buzzards nesting on trees and the netting above the vulture exhibit. Additionally, the buzzards were wandering around the park, getting close to the guests and animals. I don't know if this poses any kind of hazard, but I think the zoo operators should check into this ASAP.

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Brunswick, Maine
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“Great zoo, well cared for animals and friendly staff!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2010

This is a great small zoo. Not a small zoo trying to be bigger than it is. The number of animals is perfect for the amount of space they have. This is a wonderful place to spend the afternoon. Super for small children, lots of hands on experiences including some animals you can pat and feed. I am 38 and my Mom 67, we went and loved the patting and feeding part too! The animals seem content/comfortable in their habitats, they also seem well cared for and healthy. The staff are very friendly and seem to love the animals they work with. I could see the potential for some days to be loud and busy with children--but it should be, it's a great place for kids! We went on a rainy day, not many people at all. It was also kind of cool for Florida so some of the animals were in their shelters, but still a great day, just wear a rain jackets and pracitical rainy day shoes. And how wonderful, a place in Florida that is great for kids and not a man in a plastic mouse mask anywhere.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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“Giraffe exhibit can't be beat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2009

This is a great zoo. Took the kids to this zoo during our annual trip to Orlando/Cocoa Beach and was very pleased. The giraffe exhibit alone makes this zoo well worth a visit. We were able to interact and feed two of the giraffes. It was amazing and the kids were squealing with delight. The crackers were $1 each to feed them. We broke our crackers in half to make them last longer. We probably could have stayed a good hour just at this exhibit alone.
They also have a new kids area which includes wading areas, a petting zoo, and a detective area where kids get play the roll of vet and scientist.
The other highlight for us was the bird exhibit. Again we elected to feed them ($1) and we had swarms of birds landing on us to get their share. Our youngest was a little bit nervous of this part and we ended up taking his cup of food so the birds would leave him alone. We did however get some great and amusing photos.
Overall a great zoo and one I would recommend to the locals as well as visitors for sure.

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