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Zoological Wildlife Foundation

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16225 SW 172 Ave, Miami, FL 33187-1320
+1 305-969-3696
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One of the very best zoos!

Beautiful lay out with very good environments for the animals. It is a joy to visit with family of... read more

Reviewed August 5, 2017
bsa819
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Lynnfield, Massachusetts
Special wildlife experience

I was at ZWF on July 17th with my 8 year old son and 14 year old daughter. This is the second year... read more

Reviewed July 31, 2017
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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 Chimpanzees, Gibbon Apes, Sloths, Lemurs, Owls, Snakes, Anteater, Lions Cub, Snow Leopards, Tiger Cubs, 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: 9:00 AM - 6:30 AM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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16225 SW 172 Ave, Miami, FL 33187-1320
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+1 305-969-3696
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Reviewed August 5, 2017

Beautiful lay out with very good environments for the animals. It is a joy to visit with family of all ages - and especially fun to rent a large bike to get around.

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Reviewed July 31, 2017 via mobile

I was at ZWF on July 17th with my 8 year old son and 14 year old daughter. This is the second year in a row that we have been to ZWF. We travel from NJ and always make it part of our trip. This...More

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Maria T, Manager at Zoological Wildlife Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded August 11, 2017

Hello! Thank you for the amazing rating and wonderful review! We are very glad to hear ZWF is now part of your yearly trip in Miami! We will always thrive on making sure your expectations are always met and your experience at ZWF gets better...More

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Reviewed July 26, 2017

Before visiting Miami, we noted the ZWF as a potential extra activity if we had some spare time. We were so wrong, this should have been the first thing on our itinerary! It was the best thing we did in Miami and we would definitely...More

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Reviewed July 24, 2017

The staff does their best to keep the bathrooms clean but the basins are built/installed in such a way that the entire area gets wet and disgusting,

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Maria T, Front Office Manager at Zoological Wildlife Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded July 27, 2017

Dear reviewer, We apologize for the inconvenience you experienced. The day was stormy and wet the entire area. We have fixed the issue since then. Thank you for bring it up to our attention.

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Reviewed July 24, 2017 via mobile

I am so happy that I went to the ZWF. Our tour guide Karina was awesome! she really gave a great tour about the animals and knew so much about them. I learned so much. The employees were super nice and made our experience even...More

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Reviewed July 16, 2017 via mobile

I love this place. I've been 3 times in the last 3-4 yrs. this time wasn't as good as last time. It was super hot and a lot of the animal exhibits had sooooo many flies and bugs around that we could barely pay attention....More

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Maria T, General Manager at Zoological Wildlife Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded August 11, 2017

Hello, Thank you for the amazing rating. It does get hot in Miami during the summer - especially when it's stormy. We would love to make it up to you - please contact us via a personal message on our FB page. Hope to see...More

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Reviewed July 13, 2017

This was an amazing place to go. It seems it is out in the middle of nowhere but when you enter the gates you can hear the animals and see it is a wonderful place based on the love they show for their animals. Our...More

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Maria T, General Manager at Zoological Wildlife Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded July 19, 2017

What a review! Thank you for taking the time to go so in depth with your experience at ZWF! We are glad to read the Lion encounter was the icing on the cake of your visit!!! We hope you'll be back soon. Take care!

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Reviewed June 30, 2017

We booked the Special Wildlife Interaction tour and while it was expensive, it was worth every penny!!!!!!! Our guide took us around the park introducing us to various animals and some of their unique characteristics and personalities. We fed a lot of the animals and...More

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Maria T, Manager at Zoological Wildlife Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded July 19, 2017

Amazing review! Thank you so much! The Special Wildlife Experience is definitively the way to go: It's the best way to learn about our animal friends at ZWF and have an amazing one on one experiences with them. Thank you again and we hope to...More

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Reviewed June 26, 2017 via mobile

Wonderfully friendly and knowledgeable staff, amazingly enjoyable experience. I truly enjoyed my visit.

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Maria T, Owner at Zoological Wildlife Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded June 30, 2017

We are very glad you enjoyed your visit! Thank you and come back again soon!

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Reviewed June 26, 2017

I am definitely an animal lover and read that this place was a little but more intimate than a regular zoo so of course I had to check it out. I booked a reservation for my sister, nephew and I and we all had a...More

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Maria T, Manager at Zoological Wildlife Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded June 30, 2017

And we love your review!!! Thank you for talking the time to review your visit and describing it with so much details. You made our day! Hope to have you back with us soon!

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Jacqueline L
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Response from Xiaoever | Reviewed this property |
you can’t pet any animals during the tour because they are all in a cage, but they do have a play time that they gather everyone from the tour in an area, where you can pet the animals they bring to you. Other than that, you... More
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March 24, 2018|
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Response from Allise W | Reviewed this property |
We booked our visit one day in advance, but the interactions can be booked the day you are there. Some interaction is already included in the regular visit, but additional interaction time can be booked while you are at the... More
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