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Brevard Zoo, Melbourne

4.6
With boardwalks that bring you up to the height of a giraffe's head, Brevard Zoo offers an amazing opportunity to see the black-tongued creatures up close, to pet and feed them, and to be photographed with them. This smallish zoo has more than 650 animals, including multicolored lorikeets (like parrots) you can feed and that may sit on your shoulders. Paddle through the wetlands on a nice, easy kayak ride that gives a different look at many parts of the zoo and its inhabitants. Hop on the Cape to Cairo Express, a train that takes you around Lemur Island, where you can see dromedaries, ostriches, and scimitar oryxes--a species that is extinct in the wild. The zoo is divided into five main areas: Africa, Australasia, Wild Florida, La Selva (the wilderness of South America), and Paws on Play, which has a petting zoo, an aquarium, a pizzeria, and more. If you like zoos but dread the idea of an all-day affair with too much walking, this smaller zoo will appeal to you. If you're a member of another zoo, bring your card and ask if this one has reciprocal admission. Use our Melbourne travel planner to add Brevard Zoo and other attractions to your Melbourne vacation plans.
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  • A beautiful zoo with themes such as Africa, Florida, South American jungle. You walk wheelchair-accessible on elevated wooden walkways. The most impressive thing is to feed giraffes at 4 m height eye to eye. Tip: They get so much hay a day that for green, fresh leaves, they stick out their 40cm tongue and give off pretty one-off photo opportunities.
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  • Tips: Watch out for unruly field trip groups on the weekdays. Go before they arrive if such is possible. The giraffe feeding is $2 for one piece of lettuce, twice the price as zoo Miami, zoo Tampa, Sa...  more »
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  • This zoo is one of the neatest sanctuaries I’ve seen. We went with some young kids and their parents and we all had a blast. The walk through the different sections is easy and we enjoyed that the animals were in realistic outdoor environments. It hardly felted like they were caged. The whole experience is up close and personal. Highly recommended.
  • One of my favorite Zoos in Florida ✨✨ Well maintained, volunteers and staff areas friendly and you can really tell that the animals are taken care of well. You can feed Giraffes and birds at a reasonable price, get very close to kangaroos, and go kayaking by the animals. I had so much fun here, and can't wait to go back to check out the zip lining! Great place for families and couples!

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