Happy National Winston Churchill Day!

Winston Churchill during one of his visits to Jungle Island fka Parrot Jungle.

Winston Churchill during one of his visits to Jungle Island fka Parrot Jungle.

‪#‎TBT‬ Happy National ‪#‎WinstonChurchillDay‬! On April 9,1963, Churchill became the second person to become an Honorary Citizen of the U.S. Here he is photographed on one of his many visits to Jungle Island fka Parrot Jungle.

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    Orangutan celebrates 15th Birthday

    Jake Orangutan 15th Birthday


    Today, our beloved Jake, celebrates his 15th birthday. We decided to honor his birthday by sharing a #tbt baby picture of him. Happy Birthday Jake! Wishing you many more!! #orangutan #personoftheforest

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      Family-friendly events for March 6, 7 and 8 via Miami Herald’s Community Ticket

      Teacher’s Pets At Jungle Island

      During the month of March, Jungle Island will score big brownie points with Miami-Dade and Broward County public and private school teachers, as every weekend they’ll receive free admission to the park, plus a 50 percent discount for up to four guests. Also, all teachers will receive a “thank you” gift — and one lucky classroom will win a free field trip.

      Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami; 305-400-7000 or www.jungleisland.com; regular park admission is $34.95 adults, $26.95 kids 3-10.

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        Jungle Island Rewards Miami-Dade And Broward County School Teachers With Free Park Admission

        Jungle Island Kangaroo

        As part of its continued commitment to give back to the community, Jungle Island invites teachers to enjoy the park for FREE during the attraction’s March Madness promotion. Every weekend in March, Miami-Dade and Broward County teachers, in both public and private schools, will receive complimentary admission to Jungle Island, plus a discount of 50% off for up to four guests.

        “Teachers play a vital role in our community by laying the foundation for our kids and teens’ future success,” says Christopher Gould, managing director of Jungle Island. “This is our way of giving back to our educators – by thanking them with a free, fun day in the park.”

        As an additional token of appreciation, teachers will enjoy a “thank you” gift and be entered into a contest to win a free field trip for their classroom. Each year, Jungle Island hosts over 60,000 kids on class field trips designed to create awareness of wildlife and conservation. Additionally, the park provides teachers with a number of educational tools and various programs to bring the jungle back to their classroom.

        Teachers can take advantage of the March Madness promotion every Saturday and Sunday from February 28March 29, 2015. To redeem, teachers must show valid ID card or pay stub along with a picture ID. This offer cannot be combined with any other promotions. For more information, visit www.jungleisland.com.

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          Coconut Grove Arts Festival Brings Students & Mentors to Jungle Island for Exclusive Workshop on January 29

          Barbara Goleman Senior High with Marcy Grosso With Jungle Island as the backdrop, twenty aspiring visual artists from Barbara Goleman Senior High School in Miami Lakes will participate in a private workshop and mentoring series taught by five nationally acclaimed artists of the 2015 Coconut Grove Arts Festival® (CGAF).  In its second year, the exclusive CGAF High School Mentoring Program matches new arts students with professionals in an ongoing effort to promote arts education and careers in South Florida. During the workshop, students will gather inspiration for their masterpieces by first interacting with eight cuddly lemurs through Jungle Island’s Lemurs Up-Close encounter, while learning about wildlife conservation efforts to save one of the world’s most endangered species. Young artists will also have the opportunity to speak with mentors, including Paul Marcellini (Florida nature photographer), Maru Carreras, Marcy Grosso, Jackie Roch and Beau Tudzarov, about future careers in the industry. From February 5-8, artwork will be displayed for sale inside Jungle Island’s Lakeside Cafe for viewing by thousands of the park’s local and international visitors.

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            Visually Impaired Students Treated To Sensory Journey At Jungle Island « CBS Miami

            Visually Impaired Students Treated To Sensory Journey At Jungle Island « CBS Miami.

            MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Students from the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind Better Chance Music Production Program got a special treat at Jungle Island on Saturday morning.
            The students ranging from age 14-22, who are blind or visually impaired, were given the chance to interact with exotic animals from around the world.
            With the help of expert tour guides, the Touch Tour Safari included Australian red kangaroos to black-and-white ruffed lemurs from Madagascar, Aldabra giant tortoises from the Seychelles Islands, capuchin monkeys from South America and parrots from around the world.

            During the multisensory journey, 25 students were able to feed, play with and pet the animals at Jungle Island.
            “Every student, whether blind or visually impaired, will be able to experience the animals through touch and interaction. This experience at Jungle Island will reinforce what we teach here at Miami Lighthouse, that it’s possible to see without sight,” said President and CEO Virginia Jacko.

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              Happy National Bird Day


              Today, nearly 12 percent of the world’s 9,800 bird species may face extinction within the next century, including nearly one-third of the world’s 330 parrot species. Many of the world’s parrots and songbirds are threatened with extinction due to pressures from the illegal pet trade, disease, and habitat loss. Today on #NationalBirdDay  we encourage you to raise awareness of the plights faced by common and rare birds, from disease and environmental factors to illegal trade and welfare in captivity. The survival and well-being of the world’s birds depends upon public education and support for conservation. Visit nationalbirdday.com to learn more. 

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                Jungle Island presents Wild Holidays starting Dec. 20th

                Wild Holidays at Jungle Island Miami

                Wild Holidays at Jungle Island Miami


                Experience a two-week wildlife celebration in Miami like never before beginning December 20th

                Jungle Island, South Florida’s popular zoological attraction, invites little and big elves alike to join its Wild Holidays celebration. Go wild with an assortment of family-friendly experiences and fun holiday-themed animal adventures starting December 20th.

                The two-week holiday celebration will include:
                • Joy to the World Holiday Village, a celebration of the holidays around the world
                • Candy Cane Jungle with oversized red and white-striped candy
                • Reindeer Games for kids hosted by Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer
                • Dr. Wasabi’s Holiday Adventure and other holiday-themed animal shows starring the park’s famous feathered and furry friends including Jungle Island’s baby white royal tigers
                • Daily Wild Holidays Animal Parade with holiday music
                • Scavenger Hunts, Arts & Crafts, Face-painting, Story time and much more

                “With kids out of school over the long winter break, Wild Holidays is an exciting way to bring families closer together while discovering wildlife and nature,” said Christopher Gould, Jungle Island’s new managing director. “This unique experience gets visitors in the spirit of the season and up-close and personal to some of the world’s most intriguing animals.”

                Join the fun at Wild Holidays, which takes place daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on December 20, 2014 – January 4, 2015. Park admission is $34.95 for adults and $26.95 for children (3 to 10-years-old), plus tax. Visit any participating South Florida Burger King to pick-up a $6 off admission discount coupon to Jungle Island. For tickets, activities and special show times, visit www.jungleisland.com.

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                  Jungle Island Celebrates Twin Orangutans 11th Birthday


                  Jungle Island's Orangutan Twins 11th Birthday

                  Jungle Island’s Orangutan Twins 11th Birthday

                  Peanut and Pumpkin, Jungle Island’s beloved twin orangutans, turn 11-years-old today. In honor of their birthdays, the orangutans’ longtime caregiver, Linda Jacobs, hosted a special party for the sisters with monkey chow birthday cake and gift-wrapped presents this past Sunday. The clever primates will also get to do a pre-Art Basel paint project today at 1 p.m.

                  For Peanut, every birthday is a miracle. The orangutan battled non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2012 and was nursed back to health with the help of world-class care and chemotherapy provided by the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

                  A huge hit with park visitors, Peanut and Pumpkin are only the third set of orangutan twins to be born into human care. The pair feature two distinct personalities – Peanut is outgoing, energetic and demanding, while Pumpkin is more reserved and independent.

                  South Florida’s popular attraction offers an Orangutan School, providing guests who sign up with an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact and help teach a total of six orangutans their lesson plans, which includes memory games, Ipads, painting and sign language. To learn more, call 305-400-7222 or visit www.jungleisland.com/orangutanschool.


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                    Fun-filled day camp for kids during Winter Break – Jungle Adventure Camps

                    Winter-Camp-2014-Jungle Island

                    Winter Jungle Adventure Camps

                    Looking for something exciting to do with kids over winter break? Join Jungle Island and its cool critters for Jungle Adventure Camps. South Florida’s popular attraction offers a series of fun-filled, full-day camp options with educational animal encounters and hands-on activities specifically designed for children ages 4 to 11-years-old.

                    From cuddly mammals to an exploration of spectacular birds, slithering reptiles and the life of a zookeeper, one-day sessions provide young campers with a unique look at the fascinating creatures found at Jungle Island, conservation and their wildlife habitat. Prowl and prance like a ferocious cat, monkey around with the primates, touch creepy crawly things, play with rambunctious lemurs, and much more. Each camp includes exciting craft projects, walks through the park, snacks and refreshments, story time and lunch.

                    Jungle Adventure Camps take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 23, 27, 28, 29 and 30, 2014. Book single or multiple days. The more you play, the more you save! From $75 per child, per day to $300 per child for six full days. Annual pass holders receive a greater discount from $50 per child, per day to $225 for all six days.

                    For more information and registration, call 305-400-7297 or visit www.jungleisland.com/camp

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