It's a Hot One!

Check out our tips for a successful summer visit to the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Tips for Humans

Hydrate! Please bring a refillable water bottle with you on your visit. Remember, start hydrating the night before your visit by drinking plenty of water. 
Protect your skin! While most of the Zoo is shaded by beautiful oak and pine trees, make sure to take breaks from the sun, and don't forget the sunscreen!
Take a break indoors! The Insect Zoo, Herpetarium, Bear Awareness Exhibit, and ZOOfari Gift Shop are all air-conditioned buildings and great ways to take a break from the sun. 
Coooool off! Visit the Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Pad, open from 10 am to 4 pm. The Splash Pad will close if there is thunder or lightning in the area. 

Tips for Seeing Animals

During the heat of the day, the Zoo's animals will also be seeking shade, just like you!
Animal care is our priority. Our Animal Care Staff provide shelters, fans, water sources, and more to ensure our animals stay comfortable in the heat.
Where would you hide from the sun? When trying to spot an animal, trying looking where you might think to cool off! Our cheetahs like to hang in their cave, our warthogs spend a lot of time in their mud wallow, and our rhino PJ spends a lot of his afternoon mostly submerged in his pool. 
Attend a keeper chat. Be sure to check out our daily keeper chat offerings. This allows you the chance to learn more about the animals in our care, and talk one-on-one with our dedicated keepers. The daily scheduled is posted at the entrance to the Zoo, near the Tiki Hut.
Avoid midday temperatures. Visit in the morning or late afternoon for the best chance to see animals up and active. When the animals are taking a break in the shade, take a break yourself! Midday is a great chance to visit the Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Pad or grab a bite to eat at our onsite concessions by Sonny's BBQ. 
Still having trouble seeing an animal? Some animals may have access to their back areas/night houses for additional shade, fans, water, etc. to stay cool, and may not always be visible.