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MIAMI (October 2014) – For the most pulse-pounding haunted attraction and trail experience ever experienced, head to Jungle Island and endure the park’s first-ever Terror in the Jungle. This Halloween, a scary attraction starred by scary mortals and zombie-like Aztec Indians will take over South Florida’s favorite haunt to provide visitors with 20 nights of hair-raising events beginning Thursday, October 2 and concluding Saturday, November 1 on the Day of the Dead.

From the creator of Festival of Souls (Demon Mansion), voted Florida’s Scariest Haunted House by, Terror in the Jungle will feature a chilling 40 x 22-foot Toxic Zombie Jungle Entrance leading guests through five acres of terrorizing jungle paths and a 10,000 square-foot ancient Ruins Pyramid Haunted House. Carefully navigate a dark jungle filled with zombies, demons and military HAZMAT containment units all while being chased by wild creatures. Many more surprises wait inside the Ruins Pyramid, which will give even the fearless the fright of their life.

“We’re excited that Brandon Von Kittendorf of Florida Event Productions chose Jungle Island to serve as the venue for his award-winning Halloween attractions over the next three years,” said John Dunlap, CEO of Iconic Attractions Group and President of Jungle Island. “This attraction will heighten guests’ senses and be a true test of courage for those who dare to conquer it.

We’re certain our visitors will experience a heart-pounding fear like never before at Terror in the Jungle.” Kittendorf has brewed an incredibly chilling story line for Terror in the Jungle, which goes as follows: The Mayan Calendar predicted that the end of the world would happen on December 21, 2012. That did not happen…but something else did…something that has been kept secret from all of us until now. On that fateful day, a cargo plane that was transporting materials from a Mexican research lab flew off course and crashed into the ruins of an ancient Aztec city. Now, deep in the heart of the jungle, these dangerous chemicals, neurotoxins, and biohazards have entered into the environment, mutating the plant life and infecting the local population.Desperately seeking forgiveness, surviving tribesmen prayed to their gods for their very survival but it was in vain. The gods, upset with man and his destructive nature, released a demon, called The Hunter, and sent it on a mission to devour anything living in its path.

The Mexican government, unable to locate the crash site for almost two years, finally has a lead. Reports of giant mutations and zombie like Aztec Indians running wild in the jungle have brought the Mexican government here—to the Aztec city. A Hazardous Material Containment Unit has also been dispatched to the region to clean up the mess, but they have no idea of the carnage and horror that awaits. They are entering into what the few surviving locals call Terror
in the Jungle.

“Every time you let your guard down, there will be something else to scare the living daylights out of you,” said Kittendorf. “We’re creating a gory Halloween attraction using nature’s natural darkness, fog, costumes and special effects, screams, and visual stimulation to play on peoples phobias and fears. The thought of walking around in a jungle in pitch-black darkness is already eerie, which is what makes Jungle Island the perfect setting for this event.” Guests are encouraged to come in costume. Tickets to Terror in the Jungle cost $45 per person on non-peak days and $55 per person on peak days. Fast passes start at $20 per person. Tax is additional. Jungle Island also will offer childcare on a first-come, first-served basis for $5 per child, per night.

Terror in the Jungle will take place every Thursday to Sunday from 7:30 p.m. to midnight, with one Wednesday over the following dates: Non-peak dates / October 2-5, 9-12,16, 19, 23, 26, 29 and November 1. Peak dates / October 17, 18, 24, 25, 30 & 31. Those who wet their pants or don’t make it through Terror in the Jungle will be added to a Wall of Lost Souls. Group rates, frequent fear pass, corporate party, event and sponsorship packages are available. For additional information, follow #terrorinthejungle on social media or visit

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About Jungle Island
Jungle Island, South Florida’s popular zoological attraction, is situated on Watson Island in the heart of Miami between downtown and South Beach. Building upon a rich tradition that began in 1936, Jungle Island enriches the lives of park visitors through immersive experiences centered on adventure, animals, discovery and play. From exciting adventures including the new aqua park to educational VIP tours, camps and unforgettable interactions with some of the world’s most fascinating animals, Jungle Island offers guests a plethora of real-life jungle experiences. With its newly renovated Treetop Ballroom and picturesque outdoor spaces, the park also serves as Miami’s destination for extraordinary events. Discover the new Jungle Island today. Follow #JungleIsland on social media or visit

About Iconic Attractions Group
Founded in 2012, the Iconic Attractions Group (IAG) is devoted to creating and managing culturally significant attractions in major metropolitan areas around the world. IAG’s primary goal is to create more sustainable businesses by partnering with institutions that share a desire to become world-class entertainment, education and conservation destinations. Under the Iconic Attractions Group umbrella are Iconic Lifestyle Properties, the Iconic Conservation Fund, Iconic Service Partners and Iconic Parks and Destinations. Among IAG’s first project is the redeveloped zoological attraction, Jungle Island. Located in
the heart of Miami on Watson Island, the historic Jungle Island is a ‘must see’ attraction in South Florida. For more information about Iconic Attractions Group, visit Facebook and Twitter @IconicAttractions

About Florida Event Productions, Inc.
Florida Event Productions, Inc is a full-service event planning and management company, located in South Florida. Our unique approach to utilizing today’s technology and blending it with out-of-the-box creativity, enables us to produce special events with spectacular results. The only thing holding you back is your imagination.

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      11 Things You Can Learn About Yourself Only By Going To Miami

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      At Jungle Island you can cuddle a real, live lemur. Provided you can sweet-talk it into staying near you, of course.


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        Jungle Island Roars with News of Vulcan’s Return


        Liger is one of the world’s largest cats next to famed brother, Hercules.

        The king of the jungle has returned. Vulcan, a tan and brown-striped liger, is back in his cozy enclave at Jungle Island and ready to greet visitors of the popular zoological park. At 12-feet-long and weighing over 900 pounds, Vulcan is one of the largest cats in the world next to his famed brother, Hercules, who has been recorded twice by the Guinness World Records.
        “Vulcan has always been a part of the Jungle Island family,” said Jason Chatfield, vice president of zoological operations. “Our park visitors really enjoy seeing him along with Jungle Island’s many other rare animals. We are happy to have Vulcan back home.”

        A hybrid of a male lion and a female tiger, ligers are known to be the world’s largest cat species and exhibit traits from both parents. There are only a few living ligers around the globe. Ligers are good swimmers like tigers and also are sociable animals like lions.

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          Update: Baby Makara Baboon


          Baby Makara is now 4 months old. She is very curious and has a unique personality.  Be sure to check her out over by the Baboon exhibit.

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            Africa Nights’ Summer Festival and New Aqua Park!

            Get ready for a hot, wild and wet summer at Jungle Island! South Florida’s popular attraction presents its first-ever Africa Nights from June 21-August 10. As part of a special summer promotion to coincide with the debut of the park’s newly transformed private beach, a troop of 12 talented African performers from Cirque Zuma Zuma will converge on Jungle Island to provide visitors with non-stop entertainment, as seen on the hit TV series, America’s Got Talent.

            Be entranced by acrobatic performances including human pyramids, Zulu dancers, pole climbers, percussionists, and much more. Each day, Jungle Island will feature impressive shows every 15 minutes starting at 1 p.m., and will close with a grand finale beginning at 7 p.AfricaNights-eBlast_600x880_072514m. in the Parrot Bowl at Jungle Island. Additionally, Jungle Island will adapt one of its signature animal shows – Dr. Wasabi’s Wild Adventures – to reflect the Africa Nights theme. What’s more, park visitors can see some of the world’s most fascinating animals at Jungle Island.


            After working up a sweat with Cirque Zuma Zuma, cool off at Jungle Island’s private beach, Parrot Cove. In time for Africa Nights and new Jungle Adventure summer camps, Jungle Island will reopen its private beach to much fanfare on June 21. This week, Parrot Cove is undergoing the final touches of a dramatic facelift, which will turn the once barren parcel of land into a sophisticated tropical beach playground that includes lounge chairs, umbrellas, cabanas, food and drink service, as well as an exciting new aqua park, Sports Park 60.


            “Our private beach transformation and Africa Nights is part of an exciting evolution taking place at Jungle Island,” said John Dunlap, CEO of Iconic Attractions Group, which is the management company over Jungle Island. “In the next five years, our plan is to turn Jungle Island into a truly iconic destination with repeatable experiences centered around adventure, animals, discovery and play.”

            The new luxurious beach oasis will boast top-of-the-line Wibit equipment including the massive Sports Park 60, which consists of balance beams, action tower, trampoline, bridge, cliff, high jump, catapult, slide and swing. The IceTower climbing wall will give even the most gifted climbers a test of strength and endurance. While sports enthusiasts can try their hand at playing volleyball from a floating court. For guests’ safety, all activities will take place under the watchful eye of certified lifeguards.

            Park admission into Jungle Island includes access to Africa Nights and Parrot Cove. There is a nominal fee to use lounge chairs, umbrellas, cabanas and the water play activities. Jungle Island will limit the aqua parks to 60 people per hour.

            For more information about the Africa Nights summer promotion and tickets, call 305-400-7000 or visit

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              Jungle Island’s Adventure Camps

              Looking for something exciting to do with kids this summer? Give your little monkeys an excuse to go wild by enrolling them in the new Jungle Adventure Camps at Jungle Island.  Available from June 16-August 1, Jungle Island offers a series of fun half-day and full-day camp options with educational animal encounters specifically designed for ages two to 11-years-old.

              From the five senses, cuddly mammals to an exploration of spectacular birds, cool reptiles and the life of a zookeeper, a series of weeklong and one-day sessions provides campers with a unique look at the fascinating creatures found at Jungle Island and their wildlife habitat. Prowl and prance like a ferocious cat, boogie with barnyard animals, monkey around with the primates, touch creepy crawly things, play with rambunctious lemurs, and much more.

              Young campers also enjoy crafts, snacks and refreshments, story time, water play, along with additional themed activities as part of the enriching programs. For a full list of Jungle Adventure Camps and dates, visit

              With 25 exciting camp options available at Jungle Island, the opportunity to provide kids with a memorable summer experience is endless. The cost to participate in the weeklong camps is $285 per child (ages 4-11), while one-day camps during July 4th week are $80 per child, per day (ages 4-11.) For two and three-year-olds, weeklong, half-day camps are $150 and one-day camps during July 4th week are $40 per chid, per day (ages 2-3.) Additional siblings receive 10% off, while annual pass holders enjoy great savings as a benefit of their membership. Early drop-off from 7 to 9 a.m. and late pick-up from 4 to 6 p.m. is also available. Each costs $25 per child, per week. Parents may choose to send campers with lunch or pay $8 per day for a healthy lunch option provided by Jungle Island.

              Pick-up and drop-off takes place at the Jungle Sabal Palm Pavilion. Campers are required to bring a valid birth certificate, change of clothes, comfortable closed toe shoes, hat or visor, sunscreen and bathing suit. Campers are supplied with two Jungle Island T-shirts with the option of purchasing more at $15 each.


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                Legends of Oz Express Rolls into Jungle Island on Saturday, May 24th

                Join Dorothy and friends for a fun family day filled with FREE arts & crafts, games, character meet & greets and story time during the Legends of Oz Express event at Jungle Island on Saturday, May 24th. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., kids will enjoy a variety of wizard-like activities by simply following the yellow brick road.

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                Highlights include a Lion’s Mane Stage with singing and improv games based on the new film and its characters; a Scarecrow’s Workshop to learn how to engineer a candy catapult and build Tugg the Tugboat; a Tin Man’s Friendship Club featuring custom friendship buttons to take home; book readings with Dorothy; ipad stations with Oz Virtual World games; pictures with Dorothy, Toto and Wiser the Owl at the Emerald City; plus previews of the upcoming movie “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return!” To help even more children experience the magic of books, imagination, and the wonder of Oz, guests are encouraged to bring a new book to be donated to the Miami-Dade Public Library System.


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                  Jungle Island hosts 12th Annual Honey Shine “Hats Off” Luncheon

                  The 12th annual Honey Shine “Hats Off” Luncheon hosted by Tracy Wilson Mourning was held in the Treetop Ballroom at Jungle Island. The popular fundraising gala raises money for Honey Shine, a mentoring program and not-for-profit organization that encourages girls and young women by enlightening their paths and empowering their future. Honey Shine is a program of the Alonzo Mourning Charities.


                  Tracy Wilson Mourning and Louis Aguirre from DECO DRIVE and WSVN TV FOX 7 during 12th Annual Honey Shine “Hats Off” Luncheon at Jungle Island


                  Grammy winning singer-songwriter Betty Wright during the 12th Annual Honey Shine “Hats Off” Luncheon at Jungle Island



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                    DJ Irie and Cris Cab to headline Cinco at Jungle Island on May 4th


                    MIAMI – This coming Sunday, Jungle Island is transforming its family-friendly attraction into an adult playground and the ultimate Cinco de Mayo celebration. Here are 5 top reasons why we think you should Cinco at Jungle Island:

                    1 – Cris Cab of the hit single “Liar Liar” (with Pharrell) and the Miami Heat’s DJ Irie are the headliners for this outdoor fiesta.

                    2 – “Food Truck Alley” by Sef Gonzalez “The Burger Beast” with 12 food trucks, such as Da Burger Shack and Ceviche 305

                    3 – Late-night animal shows including the Winged Wonders featuring the only tame Cassowary on the planet

                    4 – Mini-Mexican wrestlers will tussle and provide comical entertainment.

                    5 – Zip lines and mechanical bull ride – okay, that’s two, but who’s really counting?



                    Presented by Jungle Island and Vitamin C, Cinco at Jungle Island starts at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 4. Tickets are currently 50% off on Groupon and Living Social. Regular rates are $58 for General Admission and $90 for VIP. With every ticket purchase, event-goers also receive one ticket back to Jungle Island that is valid Monday-Friday through June 30, 2014.

                    To purchase tickets, visit For updates, follow @JungleIsland on Twitter and use hashtag #cincoatjungleisland. Jungle Island is located at 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail on Watson Island in Miami. 305.400.7000

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