Our Mission:

A conservation resource providing experiences that excite and inspire children and adults to learn and act on behalf of wildlife.

Our Vision:

The Zoo will empower our guests to respect, value and care for our natural resources, as we commit to contributing globally to the conservation and preservation of wildlife. As a regional resource in the Central Florida area and beyond, we will provide innovative and creative solutions through collaboration, practices and partnerships. The continued growth and development of the Zoo will further enhance its attraction to visitors outside the local community enabling us to bring national and international attention to the importance and ongoing efforts of wildlife sustainability.

Core Values:

  • Protect – we passionately commit our expertise and resources to saving animals and to ensuring their long-term survival
  • Innovate – we strive to discover solutions through progressive practices and partnerships in education, conservation and preservation
  • Engage – we connect people with wildlife and wild places and create opportunities to inspire our guests to respect, value and care for the natural world
  • Empower – we give our guests, staff, volunteers and the communities we serve the knowledge and tools to take positive action for all species

We will accomplish this by:

Utilizing the Zoo through its staff, animals and exhibits in targeted educational programs that will provide information, activities and experiences to promote an understanding of the Zoo’s animal collection and the habitats they live.

This includes:

· School Programs: Guided Tours; Curriculum Classes (grades 1-5); Animal Encounters; Homeschool Programs; ZOO to You Outreach program (190 locations – 114,00 students and teachers)

  • Family Programs: Night Hikes; Cub Club; Storytime at the Zoo; Family workshops
  • Scout Programs: Snooze at the Zoo; Wild Nights; Badge Programs
  • School Break Programs: Spring Break Camps; School Day Camps (holiday camps); Summer Camp
  • Special Events/Community Awareness: All on-site Zoo general public special events (5); Festivals (approx 80 per year); Speakers Bureau; Career Days
  • On-Site Awareness: Keeper Chats (6); Animal Shows (TBD); OnCell Audio Tours (30 locations)

· Promotion of ongoing programs, initiatives and events to as many markets outside Central Florida as funding will allow: Tour Operators; Travel Markets; Convention and Business Bureaus, Florida Welcome Centers, etc.

Encourage the community to take action that will reduce the impact we have on threatened species and our environment.

This includes:

  • Community Recycling Program
  • Awareness and Conservation Workshops (approximately 12 each year)
  • Teacher Workshops (all grade levels)
  • Zoo Programs such as Population Management classes at University of Central Florida and Stetson University; Environmental Law class at UCF; Institute Healthcare Improvement Forum; Full Sail University; University of Florida Veterinary Medicine partnership

Provide the community with opportunities to be involved and contribute to the work of the Zoo in its efforts to conserve wildlife and provide future leaders access to our experts and knowledge.

This includes:

  • Volunteer: Docent program; Teen Teamer program; Corporate Volunteer Days
  • Round Up: Assist with in-situ and ex-situ conservation efforts that the Zoo supports
  • Outreaches: Pre-school through adults
  • Internship Programs: All areas of the Zoo
  • Job Shadow Program: All areas of the Zoo
  • Veterinary Teaching Opportunity: University of Florida Veterinary School
  • Community Awareness: Speakers Bureau; Career Days; festivals, etc.

The Zoo and its staff work for the conservation and preservation of animals throughout the world.

This includes:

  • Species Survival Programs (AZA)
  • Taxon Advisory Groups (AZA)
  • Ex-situ Programs: Grand Cayman Rock Iguana; Amphibian Study; Apple Snail Study; Indigo Study; Clouded Leopard efforts
  • Institute a “Quarters for Conservation” program. An additional .25 will be added to each guest admission. Guests will be empowered to act as conservation stewards by receiving a coin token and then use the coin to vote on a conservation program of their choosing.
  • Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation

Simply put, the Zoo is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit that is an affordable family experience supported by private donations and gate admission. We are one of a handful of private non-profit zoos in the country and a great community resource that enhances the quality of life in Central Florida by offering a unique Zoo experience. We bring the world of animals to our guests who may never have the opportunity to see these animals in the wild and we are dedicated to the preservation and conservation of animals worldwide. In our efforts to educate the children of Central Florida we offer premier educational experiences that reach over 100,000 school children a year through our summer camps, programs and community outreaches. As a popular tourist destination, we are given the opportunity to spread our message and sphere of influence to an unlimited and constantly changing audience outside the local community.