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“Animals Poorly handled and exploited..”
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Ranked #24 of 352 things to do in Miami
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Jungle Island is located between downtown Miami and South Beach. The park offers amazing animal exhibits, unique shows and up-close animal interactions unlike anywhere else.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
Hobe Sound, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Animals Poorly handled and exploited..”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

The staff need to practice what they preach by treating all animal species humanely.

The rabbits were pushed on kids for a picture and the rabbit seemed barley alive. Obviously the rabbit was either sick or tired or both, but the women kept chasing people down to get pictures taken with the poor thing simply because she needs to hit her quota! It was almost comical to watch as the staff member ran from person to person as if she was competing on a game show to get as many pictures as possible before the buzzer..

The Orangatangs are kept in cages smaller than a prison cell in Alcatraz and the Elephant is so depressed and bored an has no interaction others of her kind....depressing and sad to say the least.

Paying higher prices for food, beverages or souvenirs I understand, but the whole picture thing and feeding the Kangaroo's over and over all day long is unnecessary. There are other ways to run a profitable business while providing a great life for animals in confinement.

If the executives of this circus focused less on the exploitation of the animals and the attractions in the name of maximizing profits by building a money making machine, and focused on actually practicing real education and animal care I would take my family there again.

I will go back in a few months to see if changes have been made....

Visited April 2013
4 Thank Jim G
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JungleIsland, Public Relations Manager at Jungle Island, responded to this review, May 3, 2013
Hi Jim,

Thank you for visiting Jungle Island and for taking the time to post about your experience at the park. We at Jungle Island wanted to take a moment to address some of your concerns. We’ve provided a copy of your review to our photos department and we are working to ensure that they provide the utmost in customer service to all of our guests and meet the needs of all of our animals.

Additionally, all of the enclosures on Jungle Island (including the Orangutan primadomes) not only meet but exceed the requirements set by Florida Fish and Wildlife and the USDA. The primadomes that house the Orangutans were specifically designed to provide the best environment possible for Orangutans and other primates and there are numerous facilities across the country that also use the Primadome enclosure. The primadome gives the apes the ability to climb and provides a more enriching environment than an enclosure with only a flat surface.

Jungle Island strives to provide the utmost in care for our animals that call the Jungle home. Animal care is our top priority and we receive numerous comments at how well our animals are cared for from various organizations.

Again, thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We encourage you to visit us again in the future.
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Lemur Experience a MUST DO!”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

Jungle Island is a fairly small park. When you walk through the gates, they take you through an assembly line of animal photos. They hand you Macaws, snakes, skunks and a small gator to hold and take photos you can buy. The photos are expensive. They have the only lemur interaction in the world. For a fairly small fee you can sit in a room for 25 minutes while lemurs climb all over you and eat your camera and chew on your fingers and learn all about these wonderful, amazing creatures. I have swam with dolphins, swam with stingrays and held and interacted with a variety of different animals over the years. This was the most amazing animal interaction I have ever had! It is a once in a lifetime experience that really touched me and my 6 year old daughter. If you get the chance, don't hesitate - spend the money to do this! Other than the lemurs, once you get into the park, they have lots of Macaws sitting around the park out of cages that you can hand feed. They have a couple of animal shows. There is a typical farm animal petting zoo. There are a few primates, beautiful birds, and some reptiles to see as well.

Visited April 2013
2 Thank Stacie R
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Ipswich, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“So Interactive!”
Reviewed April 23, 2013

Such a cool little island!

We literally walked into the park, and we had parrots thrown into our arms by park staff for a picture opportunity! Which is classic!

Tons of exotic birds and animals to view throughout the park. It's a good family spot. We spent about 2 hours there before moving onto our next appointment, but it was a good spot.

Visited April 2013
1 Thank JesHer789
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New York City, New York
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Good Place to Visit, but not Brag About”
Reviewed April 20, 2013

If you're visiting Miami, you should include Jungle Island on your list of places to visit, but I wouldn't list it as #1. As soon as you enter they have you pass a gauntlet where they photograph you with as many parrots as will fit on your shoulders, a baby alligator and a snake. Of course, they are happy to sell you a package of pictures (but not individual ones).

They have an eclectic mix of land and sea animals. Most of the former were dead to the world in the Miami heat (even in April!) and were sleeping with all four legs up in the air. The monkeys at least swung around their cage. The best exhibit was the orangutans. The trainers give a talk at 1:10 each day that is interesting and amusing. They fill you in on the history of the orangutans (one is a cancer survivor) and also have trained them in personal hygiene--they brush their teeth and comb their hair.

We saw 3 shows. The bird show was the best. They have flying vultures and condors, as well as a giant bird that swallows an apple whole! They don't permit photography in the Wild Encounter animal show, and we know why--it is BORING!!!

Although there are signs, we were confused finding our way around.

All in all, a good visit, but nothing to brag about.

Visited April 2013
1 Thank Joel H
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Saddle River, New Jersey
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Family Fun for little ones”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

The VIP tour is worth every penny. Splurge on the professional photographer, you will be so happy you did! Kids had a ball and was the highlight of our trip.

Visited April 2013
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