We vacationed in Miami specifically because we wanted to interact with red ruffed lemurs, and Jungle Island is the only place we could find to do that. This is a much smaller park than large zoos like San Diego but they have some unique animals that you don't often see like tabby tigers, a liger, a trained cassowary and a white lion. To get the most out of your visit, take the time to talk with the keepers when they come out and stand in front of the exhibits. Everyone was full of information. Also pay attention to the animal feedings on the schedule. There were only a handful of people present when the keepers gave the lions and tigers a cooler full of chicken halves, which they ate right up against the glass! We enjoyed the shows, which are similar to shows at other animal parks but again with some animals you rarely see. Buying tickets for the animal interactions takes it to a whole new level. We spent the considerable ticket price for the VIP tour and had an unforgettable experience! We visited the park in the middle of the week, on our own in the morning and with a tour scheduled for the afternoon. We were the only people with guide Ryan Jacobs. His mother is the orangutan keeper so he grew up around different primates and has a wealth of stories to share- that was fantastic. He let us spend extra time with the lemurs since that was our reason for coming to Florida. It was a once in a lifetime experience! Another highlight was a lengthy visit with a baby monkey! We have enjoyed other animal interactions around the country, including at the San Diego Zoo, but this was more personal and involved more time spent with animals. The VIP ticket price also included a free lunch at the cafeteria, whatever you wanted to have. Yes, it was expensive but it was an awesome day, and all those chicken halves for thousands of pounds of big cat do not come cheap.
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