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 www.jungleisland.com/africanights.

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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 www.jungleisland.com/summercamps.

          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 www.jungleisland.com/cinco. 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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                  Dr. Jason Chatfield visits NBC6!

                  (via NBC6′s 6 in the Mix Show)

                  Jungle Island’s Jason Chatfield bring some of his wild friends to 6 in the Mix and tells Roxanne Vargas about they’re Easter plans– and how you can join in on the fun!

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                    Hop over to Jungle Island Miami for an eggs-traordinary Easter celebration!

                    Benefiting the park’s Iconic Conservation Fund (ICF), the three-day holiday event will feature Easter egg hunts with over 50,000 eggs filled to the brim with more than 800 pounds of candy, toys and prizes. Enjoy pie-eating contests, arts and crafts stations, animal encounters and bounce houses. Plus, take photos with the Easter Bunny.

                    Admission into Jungle Island and the Easter Eggstravaganza is $7 for children with a paying adult. Adult admission is $34.95, plus tax. A minimum of $2 donation for ICF is encouraged.

                    Jungle Island is located at 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail in Miami. For additional information, please visit www.jungleisland.com/easter or call 305.400.7000.  To find further updates, follow us on Twitter @jungleisland and “like” our Facebook page.


                    Easter at Jungle Island Miami


                    Jungle Island’s Easter Brunch Miami 

                    Sunday, April 20, 2014

                    11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

                    Head to Jungle Island for its annual Easter Brunch, followed by the attraction’s famous Easter Eggstravaganza. Brunch highlights to include roasted Virginia ham and petite filet mignon, accompanied by fresh salads, “Little Hoppers” kids’ menu and decadent desserts like chocolate crunch cake and key lime cheesecake. Then, jump into the fun of Jungle Island’s famous Easter Egg Hunts.  Plus, enjoy all the shows, animals and exhibits Jungle Island has to offer. The cost is $50 for adults and $37 for children ages 3-10 years. Special brunch prices apply to annual pass holders. Prices include park admission, brunch and tax. No additional discounts accepted. Online reservations required by April 18, 2014. For reservations, visit www.jungleisland.com/easter.


                    About the Iconic Conservation Fund (ICF)

                    The Iconic Conservation Fund is a newly-formed non-profit organization (501c3) dedicated to the preservation of the earth and its wildlife by providing educational programs to the children of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.  In addition to on-site programs at Jungle Island, ICF aims to bring innovative ideas and tools directly to the classroom.


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