After a year+ being a member, I gave up on visiting this zoo. Recent additions, such as the rhino and giraffe exhibits, would be celebrated, if they were not partnered with the quiet and mysterious disappearance of other exhibits. Kangaroo, who?
I've seen staff smoking near the cages. I've seen parents beating their children amidst the monkeys. Booths are unattended, the air reeks of popcorn, the constant whizz of zip lines and paintball/airsoft warfare shatters whatever animal dignity might have existed. The plants are rife with infestations, whatever nod at a "botanical" garden being established here is paltry, and invasive species flourish throughout the property, choking native plant life. The beavers are covered in sores, the cats and languid and cramped, the entire facility needs a revamp, with more active/interactive discussion.
Perhaps this zoo suffers simply by being surrounded by better zoos? Brevard, Tampa, Jacksonville, all offer better experiences, more animals, friendlier and more knowledgeable staff, etc. etc.
If you compare the prices and the crowds with the facilities presented, it becomes clear that SOMEONE is pocketing a ton of cash off this attraction.
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