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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                    Jungle Island se prepara para los días de fiesta

                    Escrito por: CIRA APITZ/ El Nuevo Herald

                    A medida que el año se va acercando a su final, y que las temperaturas están más frescas, es cuando una visita a Jungle Island se disfruta más; además de que en los venideros días festivos, siempre es una buena opción para entretener a los pequeños o a los visitantes que vienen a calentar sus huesos al sur de la Florida.

                    Para esta temporada, ha hecho su aparición un pueblito mágico donde todo gira alrededor de la alegría para que sus visitantes se sientan contentos de haberlo visitado. Con la intención de dar “Alegría al mundo”, en una jungla hecha de bastones de caramelos habrá, a diario, espectáculos de animales con temas festivos, desfile de animales, juegos de renos, búsqueda de tesoros, artes, artesanías, pintura de caritas, la hora del cuento y muchas más actividades que serán la delicia de pequeños y grandes.

                    Estas actividades especiales se inician a partir del 20 de diciembre de 2014 hasta el 4 de enero de 2015. Los shows regulares del parque, que involucran a los otros animales, seguirán siendo presentados en sus horarios de costumbre comprendidos de las 10 am a las 5 pm.

                    Parte de la historia local

                    Con 75 años de historia Jungle Island, hoy más que nunca, hace honor a su nombre ya que ha desarrollado una vegetación exuberante y extraordinaria que incluye especies raras como el árbol africano de salchichas hasta una colección de plantas fósiles.

                    Fundado en 1936 por Franz Scherr, el Parrot Jungle (los residentes y visitantes de habla hispana le llamaban el Parque de las Cotorras) era un parque ideado para que los pájaros volaran libres. Este estaba localizado en donde hoy se encuentran los jardines de Pinecrest. Su principal atractivo —además de las coloridas aves tropicales y los flamingos de su lago que salía abriendo la serie de Miami Vice— era Pinky, una cacatúa que montaba en bicicleta.

                    En la actualidad, ya no solo es el hogar de aves sino de otras especies animales, por eso se le cambió el nombre a Jungle Island. Este espacio de Watson Island sirve de hogar a una variedad de especies animales exóticas, como el “liger” (un felino producto del apareamiento de león con tigre), orangutanes gemelos que pintan y usan iPads, monos araña, un zoológico de contacto con cochinitos y cabritos.

                    Todo eso sin contar con las 300 aves, entre las que destacan las cotorras y loros, muchas que no desprecian la mano del visitante mientras éste tenga alguna golosina comprada en los dispensadores de comida dispuestos alrededor del parque.

                    El parque también es el hogar del único Cassowary entrenado del mundo, esta enorme ave que no vuela es originaria de Nueva Guinea y están consideradas como una rareza.

                    Para los humanos con apetito, está una sencilla oferta pero que complace a muchos, y que consta de un sencillo restaurante casi al aire libre, donde se sirve una barbacoa tipo buffet. Para complementar hay helados y bebidas refrescantes, no alcohólicas.

                    Sus visitantes pueden disfrutar de bonitas especies de animales y plantas a lo largo de las 1.35 millas de sendas techadas donde se encontrarán exhibiciones especiales.

                    Encontrará diversas atracciones durante sus recorridos, y shows donde los animales, que son los protagonistas,  están a la orden del día; y eso sin contar la experiencia con un par de especies de simpáticos e inquietos lémures,  que puede disfrutar por un costo adicional a la entrada general al parque.

                    Venta especial de entradas por internet

                    No contentos con ofrecer actividades acordes a la temporada decembrina, Jungle Island también se une a la fiebre de las ofertas y lanza una promoción donde si se adquieren el pase anual a través de internet, los usuarios reciben hasta un 25% de descuento del Pase Anual Premier, que incluye visitas ilimitades a Jungle Island por 12 meses, parqueo gratuito, la experiencia con los lémures y mucho más, cuesta $79.95 adultos y $71.95 niños; durante la venta especial vale $59.95 adultos y $51.95 niños.

                    También estará disponible, con 20% de descuento, el Pase Anual Valor que de un costo de $59.95 adultos y $51.95 niños pasa a $47.95 por adulto y $41.95 niños una vez aplicado el descuento. Asimismo la Experiencia con lémures, que le permite compartir con estos encantadores animales, también tiene un 20% de descuento para quedar en $39.95 adultos y $31.95 niños.

                    Estos precios especiales estarán disponibles a partir del 28 de noviembre hasta el 5 de diciembre y solo por internet a través de www.jungleisland.com/cyber 

                    Los pases de un día para adultos tienen un costo de $34.95 y para los niños de $26.95, más impuestos. Para más información, llame al 305-400-7000 o visite www.jungleisland.com.

                    Read more here: http://www.elnuevoherald.com/noticias/sur-de-la-florida/article4071787.html#storylink=cpy

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