About the Zoo


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Enter the lush tropical world...

Enter the lush tropical world of the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens.  A relaxing, entertaining and educational experience for the entire family.

We've been at our present location since July 4, 1975. Each year we engage and educate more than 300,000 visitors, at the Zoo and in the community.  

The Zoo cares for over 400 animals, representing over 150 species, many of which you can see during your visit to the Zoo. You can take to the sky and enjoy an aerial adventure course, ZOOm Air Adventure Park or bring your flip-flops and swimsuit to cool-off in the Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground.

See domestic animals in our Barnyard Buddies Children’s Zoo, or see venomous snakes and non-venomous reptiles in our Herpetarium.  Meet our animal care specialists during one of our exciting Keeper Chats.   And if you would like, hold your child’s Birthday Party at the Zoo or host your company’s meeting, picnic or your family reunion at the Zoo.    

Animal CarouselDon't miss out on your opportunity to feed the giraffes from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on the weekends, or touch and feel our greater one-horned rhino during a special rhino encounter. These experiences are offered for an additional charge. 

Celebrate wildlife year-round with an Annual ZOO Pass!  Pass holders belong to the wildest place in town & receive free admission to the Zoo.

You can also enjoy our Little Florida Coast Line Train and Animal Carousel, Wednesday through Sunday.     

*Service animals only allowed in the Zoo.