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September 6, 2019

Premature sea turtle hatchlings find refuge at Brevard Zoo


MELBOURNE, Fla., September 6, 2019 — Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center has taken in 20 premature green sea turtle hatchlings following Hurricane Dorian. Beach erosion caused by the storm left their Melbourne Beach nest exposed and more vulnerable to predators such as raccoons and foxes. Some of the hatchlings arrived with their yolk sacs still attached.
Upon admission, each sea turtle was visually examined, comprehensively cleaned to ward off infection and placed atop damp paper towels to rest.

August 24, 2019

Treetop Trek offers fall savings for Florida residents


MELBOURNE, Fla., August 23, 2019 — Florida residents are invited to soar through the skies while saving some cash at Treetop Trek this fall. From September 3 to December 20, state residents can take 30% off all Canopy Walk, Challenge Reloaded, Black Diamond and Zip Only courses. This promotion, which cannot be combined with any other offer or discount, is subject to blackout dates.

To receive this discount, participants must visit www.treetoptrek.com and print out the Florida resident discount flier or present it on their phone. A valid Florida state-issued photo ID or utility bill with address and matching photo ID is also required.

Brevard Zoo is home to more than 900 animals representing 195 species from all over the world. As a not-for-profit organization, it is a leader in the fields of animal wellness, education and conservation. More information is available at www.brevardzoo.org.

Treetop Trek features five aerial obstacle courses that whisk guests above parts of the Zoo and through lush Florida landscapes. More information is available at www.treetoptrek.com.

The Aquarium Project is a plan to construct a world-class aquarium and conservation center at Port Canaveral. More information is available atwww.theaquariumproject.org.

July 6, 2019

Tickets on Sale Now! Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Announces Final Roster of Apollo 50th Celebrations and Events

CAPE CANAVERAL (July 5, 2019) – KENNEDY SPACE CENTER – What do Moon Trees, Corvettes and Duran Duran have in common? They will all be part of the exciting roster of events, celebrations and activities planned at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to commemorate one of the most important human accomplishments in history:  the Apollo 11 Moon landing mission.  To honor the historic 50th anniversary launch, Moon landing and successful return to Earth, guests will have the chance to re-live the events through exciting live programing, archival footage viewings, interactive exhibits, astronaut appearances, never-before-seen artifacts and much, much more! Tickets are now on sale for general admission and these once-in-a-lifetime celebration events.

July 12, 2019  Moon Tree Garden Opening at Apollo/Saturn V Center
10 a.m.

Almost 50 years ago, when Apollo 14 Astronaut Stuart Roosa carried seeds from loblolly pine, sycamore, sweet gum, redwood, and Douglas fir trees around the Moon as part of a joint U.S. Forest Service/NASA project, his dream was to have the seeds germinated on his return and planted throughout the United States. Now known as "Moon Trees" and in their second generation, they have been planted around the world. On July 12th, 12 of the trees will be unveiled at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex as part of the Apollo 50 celebrations. The Moon Tree Garden at the Apollo/Saturn V Center will include the 12 trees, each of which represents a crewed Apollo mission to the Moon. The trees will form a crescent around a stunning bronze statue honoring the legendary crewmembers of Apollo 11: Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. The seven-foot-tall statue, set upon a four-foot-tall concrete base, is a gift to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex from Rocket Mortgage.  The event is included with daily admission, and tickets can be purchased here 

Brevard Zoo News - New Life & New Releases!


Rock hyrax pups born at Brevard Zoo
MELBOURNE, Fla., July 5, 2019 — Brevard Zoo welcomed two rock hyrax pups on Wednesday, June 19 to mother Buffy and father Fangs. The newborns have been named Turnip and Radish by keepers, and their sexes are unknown at this time. They are not yet visible to Zoo guests.
“Last year, Buffy and Fangs gave us babies Gnocchi and Hashbrown,” said Michelle Smurl, the Zoo’s director of animal programs. “This year, they’ve given us two more furballs, both of whom appear to be in excellent health.”
Gestation for rock hyraxes lasts six to eight months and females can give birth to up to four pups per litter.
Although hyraxes only weigh about eight pounds as adults, their closest living relatives are elephants and manatees. This species is found in rocky, arid habitats throughout Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. Human hunting has led to population decline in some areas.

 Brevard Zoo to release rehabilitated sea turtle
MELBOURNE, Fla., July 6, 2019 — Following a stay at Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center, juvenile green sea turtle Kona will be returned to the ocean at Bonsteel Park in Melbourne Beach on TuesdayJuly 9 at 4 p.m. through a partnership with the Barrier Island Center.
Upon admission to the Healing Center on April 7, Kona appeared lethargic, was covered in barnacles and had trouble staying underwater. This sea turtle was treated with medication, fluids and nutritious food by Zoo staff and volunteers.
This event is open to the public, and a filming and viewing area will be reserved for media. All media personnel are asked to check in with a Healing Center volunteer upon arrival. Accessibility mats will be in place for wheelchair, walker and stroller users.
More information about Kona is available at www.brevardzoo.org/meet-the-patients-kona.
Brevard Zoo is home to more than 900 animals representing 195 species from all over the world. As a not-for-profit organization, it is a leader in the fields of animal wellness, education and conservation. More information is available at www.brevardzoo.org.
Treetop Trek features five aerial obstacle courses that whisk guests above parts of the Zoo and through lush Florida landscapes. More information is available at www.treetoptrek.com.

June 21, 2019

Critically endangered lemurs arrive at Brevard Zoo


MELBOURNE, Fla., June 21, 2019 — Three-year-old red ruffed lemur sisters Julienne and Juniper have debuted at Brevard Zoo. This playful primate pair—the first members of their species ever housed at the Zoo—has taken up residence in a newly renovated habitat that formerly held rock hyraxes and turacos.
“Like all lemurs, they’re incredibly playful and fun to watch—especially in the morning before the heat sets in,” said Michelle Smurl, director of animal programs at the Zoo. “They’re amazing climbers, like little daredevils.”
Red ruffed lemurs are herbivorous, known to feed on fruit, leaves and seeds in their native Madagascar.
The Zoo hopes to introduce Julienne and Juniper to a male in the coming months. Baby red ruffed lemurs would be welcome news as the species is considered critically endangered due to deforestation and hunting. Since 2016, the Zoo has donated more than $23,000 to lemur conservation through its Quarters for Conservation program.
Brevard Zoo is home to more than 900 animals representing 195 species from all over the world. As a not-for-profit organization, it is a leader in the fields of animal wellness, education and conservation. More information is available at www.brevardzoo.org.
Treetop Trek features five aerial obstacle courses that whisk guests above parts of the Zoo and through lush Florida landscapes. More information is available at www.treetoptrek.com.

May 2, 2019

Brevard Zoo releases sea turtle treated for swallowing hook


MELBOURNE, Fla., May 2, 2019 — Yesterday afternoon in Melbourne Beach, Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center released juvenile green sea turtle Kernel. This patient was admitted in January after ingesting a fishhook, which required surgical removal.

Kernel—so named for arriving on National Popcorn Day—was nursed back to health with antibiotics, fluids and nutritional support.

April 8, 2019

Brevard Zoo opens bear habitat


MELBOURNE, Fla., April 8, 2019 — Brevard Zoo guests can now visit the Florida black bear habitat in the Wild Florida section of the Zoo.
The 5,000-square-foot space, which features pools, trees, boulders and other elements that encourage natural behavior, houses a two-year-old female. She represents the beginning of the Zoo’s commitment to providing a permanent home for rescued bears, and the habitat can accommodate an additional two to three individuals should the need arise.

April 1, 2019

Earth Day celebration returns to Brevard Zoo


MELBOURNE, Fla., April 2, 2019 — Brevard Zoo guests are invited to “Spring into Action” at the Zoo’s annual Party for the Planet on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Party for the Planet is the Zoo’s way of celebrating Earth Day,” said education programs manager Andrea Aubert. “We invite guests to come learn about sustainable living and conservation, and celebrate our world in a fun, family-friendly way.”
Brevard Backyard Beekeepers, Brevard County Natural Resources, Keep Brevard Beautiful, Recycle Brevard and Sea Turtle Preservation Society will be present with hands-on nature play and science activities. Other festivities include a sea turtle obstacle course, recycling workshops, games, crafts, live music, mangrove adoption, native seed giveaways and the opportunity to create enrichment items for Zoo animals.
All activities are included with Zoo admission. The event is presented by the Zoo’s corporate partners.
Brevard Zoo is home to more than 900 animals representing 195 species from all over the world. As a not-for-profit organization, it is a leader in the fields of animal wellness, education and conservation. More information is available at www.brevardzoo.org.
Treetop Trek features five aerial obstacle courses that whisk guests above parts of the Zoo and through lush Florida landscapes. More information is available at www.treetoptrek.com.

March 14, 2019

Brevard Zoo sees influx of sea turtle patients


MELBOURNE, Fla., March 12, 2019 — Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center admitted 13 green sea turtles between Friday and Sunday. The cause of this influx is unknown.
The turtles arrived in a debilitated state, laden with algae and barnacles that interfered with their ability to swim. Some are suffering from additional ailments like inflammation and sepsis. They are being treated with fluids, antibiotics, vitamins, nutritional support and a safe place to rest.
Though the Healing Center typically only holds around 12 sea turtles at a time, staff and volunteers creatively reconfigured the space to accommodate an all-time high of 26 patients as other facilities in the state also neared capacity. On Monday, 12 turtles were transferred to the Turtle Hospital in Marathon.

February 12, 2019

Legendary wildlife expert Jack Hanna coming to Brevard Zoo


MELBOURNE, Fla., February 12, 2019 — Brevard Zoo invites the community to attend a ticketed presentation featuring legendary conservationist and media personality Jack Hanna. The event, scheduled for Saturday, April 27 from 12 to 1 p.m., is sponsored by Health First Health Plans.
“We are so lucky to have such a renowned animal expert come to visit,” said Karen Davis, the Zoo’s director of development. “Jack has won over hearts around the world as a beloved naturalist and adventurer, and we can’t wait to give Brevard County the chance to see him in person while supporting the Zoo’s missions of animal wellness, conservation and education.”
Jack Hanna Live! is part of Brevard Zoo’s two-day Safari Under the Stars extravaganza to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Safari Under the Stars is presented by Flammio Financial Group, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
To enter this event, tickets must be printed and in hand and each guest age three and up must have their own ticket. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at www.brevardzoo.org/jack-hanna.
Brevard Zoo is home to more than 900 animals representing 195 species from all over the world. As a not-for-profit organization, it is a leader in the fields of animal wellness, education and conservation. More information is available at www.brevardzoo.org.
Treetop Trek features five aerial obstacle courses that whisk guests above parts of the Zoo and through lush Florida landscapes. More information is available at www.treetoptrek.com.

January 28, 2019

Metal menagerie coming to Brevard Zoo


MELBOURNE, Fla., January 28, 2019 — Brevard Zoo guests will soon be able to view not only live animals, but also metal ones hailing from Africa. The 16-piece collection, dubbed “Sculpture Safari,” will be scattered around Zoo grounds.
The menagerie was created by the Ark Collective—a group of 19 young artists in Nairobi, Kenya who were recruited from disadvantaged, impoverished backgrounds. Learning valuable skills such as design, metal cutting and welding provides these individuals with expanded employment opportunities and the ability to positively influence their communities.
The life-size giraffe, elephants, lions, peacocks and other creatures were made from reclaimed materials discarded from the automotive industry and other sources.
Sculpture Safari will debut on Saturday, February 16 and remain at the Zoo through the fall.
Brevard Zoo is home to more than 900 animals representing 195 species from all over the world. As a not-for-profit organization, it is a leader in the fields of animal wellness, education and conservation. More information is available at www.brevardzoo.org.
Treetop Trek features five aerial obstacle courses that whisk guests above parts of the Zoo and through lush Florida landscapes. More information is available at www.treetoptrek.com.

January 22, 2019

Brevard Zoo greets another baby sloth

MELBOURNE, Fla., January 22, 2019 — On the morning of Friday, January 4, Brevard Zoo welcomed another baby in the form of a Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth. The infant’s mother, 13-year-old Sammy, is taking great care of the as-yet-unnamed newborn.
Sammy’s first child, Tango, also resides at the Zoo and gave birth to baby Lorenzo in October 2018. Tango did not demonstrate interest in her baby, likely because she was a first-time mother, so the decision was made for animal care staff to hand-raise Lorenzo.
“Sammy is not a first-time mom, so she has experience in raising babies,” said Michelle Smurl, director of animal programs at the Zoo. “We’re glad to be able to take a hands-off approach and see the newborn thriving in a more natural setting.”
Fifteen-year-old male Dustin fathered both babies. The newborn’s sex is unknown at the time as testing is needed to determine this information in sloths.
The newborn will remain on their mother for around six months before becoming independent. Sammy and her baby are located in La Selva, but are not viewable due to construction. However, guests have the opportunity to spot the pair from above on Treetop Trek.
Notorious for their slow-paced lifestyle, Linnaeus’s two-toed sloths face challenges from habitat loss and the exotic pet trade in central and South America.
Brevard Zoo is home to more than 900 animals representing 195 species from all over the world. As a not-for-profit organization, it is a leader in the fields of animal wellness, education and conservation. More information is available at www.brevardzoo.org.
Treetop Trek features five aerial obstacle courses that whisk guests above parts of the Zoo and through lush Florida landscapes. More information is available at www.treetoptrek.com.

November 8, 2018

Brevard Zoo welcomes first sloth baby


MELBOURNE, Fla., November 8, 2018 — Brevard Zoo greeted a new furry face on Wednesday, October 17 when Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth Tango gave birth around 5 p.m. The as-yet-unnamed newborn, who is the first sloth born at the Zoo, did not remain with the mother overnight and will be hand-raised.

“When we found the baby away from Tango, we tried to reunite them,” said Lauren Hinson, a curator of animals at the Zoo. “But the new mother was not nursing, nor did she show interest in the newborn. Tango is a first-time mother whose inexperience likely led her to not care for the little one.”

October 25, 2018

Dozenth giraffe calf born at Brevard Zoo

 


MELBOURNE, Fla., October 25, 2018 — Brevard Zoo welcomed a newborn giraffe on Friday, October 19. The little one, a male, was born six feet tall and weighed 158 pounds.

The as-yet-unnamed calf arrived around 5:15 a.m., entering the world feet-first. He is the ninth offspring of 18-year-old mother Johari and the twelfth sired by 20-year-old Rafiki.

“The newborn giraffe underwent a neonatal exam, where we checked his overall health,” said Michelle Smurl, the Zoo’s director of animal programs. “He looked to be in great condition at his checkup on Saturday.”

The calf will remain behind the scenes with Johari for a few weeks before making his first appearance in Expedition Africa.
Eight of the Zoo’s nine giraffe belong to the Masai subspecies, which is native to Tanzania and southern Kenya. Habitat loss, poaching and civil unrest pose the most significant threats to giraffe in their natural habitat.

October 11, 2018

Brevard Zoo building home for rescued bears


MELBOURNE, Fla., October 9, 2018 — Brevard Zoo is working diligently with Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) to provide a permanent home for bears who cannot remain in their natural habitat due to unfortunate circumstances.
A 20-month-old, as-yet-unnamed Florida black bear arrived in August and will make her appearance to guests in early 2019. The bear has already formed bonds with keepers, who have been providing her with daily interactive enrichments. They report that she is very smart, curious and attentive. The Zoo’s veterinary and animal care staff conducted an overall wellness check and found her to be in good health. 

September 26, 2018

First sea turtle of her kind released by Brevard Zoo


MELBOURNE, Fla., September 24, 2018 — This afternoon, Guacamole became the first adult green sea turtle released by Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center. A crowd of hundreds gathered to watch the 200-plus-pound reptile wade her way into the ocean.
This turtle’s massive size prohibited Healing Center staff and volunteers from carrying her to the beach, so Guacamole “hitched a ride” on a Brevard County Ocean Rescue UTV.
Guacamole was released at Lori Wilson Park in Cocoa Beach around 3 p.m. She was found stranded at the same beach back in February with old predator attack wounds.
Guacamole was missing most of her right front flipper and had several lacerations when admitted to the Healing Center. The Zoo’s experts treated her wounds with medication and honey, assisted with her eating and eliminated a parasitic infection before deeming Guacamole ready for release earlier this month.
Brevard Zoo is home to more than 900 animals representing 195 species from all over the world. As a not-for-profit organization, it is a leader in the fields of animal wellness, education and conservation. More information is available at www.brevardzoo.org.
Treetop Trek features five aerial obstacle courses that whisk guests above parts of the Zoo and through lush Florida landscapes. More information is available at www.treetoptrek.com.

September 5, 2018

Brevard Zoo - Boo at the Zoo tickets now on sale


MELBOURNE, Fla., September 5, 2018 — Witches and warlocks planning to brew up something spooktacular at Brevard Zoo’s annual Halloween event can get a head start by purchasing their all-inclusive tickets in advance.
Boo at the Zoo, presented by Renco Electronics, is “an opportunity for families to celebrate the holiday in a fun, safe environment,” said Andrea Hill, director of marketing and communications at the Zoo.
The event will feature more than 30 treat stations, a candy-themed “Boo Choo Train,” nightly costume contests, ample photo opportunities, a haunted house and more.
The event will take place October 12–14, 19–21 and 26–28 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Sundays. Pricing varies each night; member discounts are available on October 12, 14, 19 and 21. Tickets are available at www.brevardzoo.org/boo-at-the-zoo.

July 14, 2018

DAUGHTRY ANNOUNCE SECOND LEG OF 2018 HEADLINING TOUR

 TOUR WILL HIT CITIES ACROSS THE U.S.
KICKS OFF ON JULY 21st IN INDIANA

NEW ALBUM ‘CAGE TO RATTLE’ SET FOR RELEASE ON JULY 27th

(July 13- New York, NY)—GRAMMY-nominated rock band Daughtry have announced details for the second leg of their 2018 headlining tour. Set to hit multiple cities across the U.S.  and the U.K., Daughtry’s tour dates will kick off on July 21st in Goshen, Indiana and will wrap in December. Tickets will be available for pre-sale through the bands fan club starting today and on sale to the public July 14th at 10:00 AM local time.Please see routing for the tour below. Click HEREto buy! 

In addition to the tour, Daughtry are also gearing up to release their new album, Cage To Rattle, on July 27, 2018. The group’s powerful new single “Deep End”is out now!

Said Chris Daughtry, “myself and the band have been working hard to put together what we believe is a great live experience for our fans. We can’t wait to see you on the road!”

Daughtry have released four studio albums, scored four No. 1 hits and garnered 4 GRAMMYnominations. Additionally, the band has sold over 8 million albums and 16 million singles, as well as selling out concerts around the globe. At radio, the band has also earned four No. 1 singles, including the mulit-format hit No. 1 song “It’s Not Over.” Daughtry's self-titled album was
the fastest-selling rock debut in Soundscan history, and its follow up, Leave This Town, marked the quintet's second consecutive No. 1 album. The band’s third album, Break The Spell,was certified GOLD within four weeks of its release, and their last studio effort, Baptized, produced the certified GOLD single, “Waiting For Superman.” 

June 23, 2018

FLORIDA - Two sea turtles released by Brevard Zoo

MELBOURNE, Fla., June 21, 2018 — Skipper and Ginny are back in the sea. This afternoon, more than 100 animal lovers joined staff and volunteers from Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center as these green sea turtles made their way to the open ocean off Hangar’s Beach.
Skipper was found floating in Port Canaveral after she was struck by a boat in February. Ginny was discovered on the coast of Melbourne Beach in May; when put in water at the Healing Center, she demonstrated buoyancy issues, likely due to a gaseous buildup in her gastrointestinal tract. Both patients were treated with medication, nutritious food and rest.

February 28, 2017

Brevard Zoo Releases Sea Turtle

Earlier this evening at 5 p.m. at Hightower Beach Park in Satellite Beach, Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center released Merriam, a subadult male loggerhead sea turtle. Merriam was admitted last year on Dictionary Day (October 16). He was found floating sideways in the water with barnacles, algae and an open wound on his shell, which indicated a severe body cavity infection. Staff and volunteers treated the turtle with fluids, antibiotics, vitamins and nutritious food and applied honey to his wound.

Found in oceans all over the world, loggerheads are considered “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. Entanglement in fishing gear, poaching, coastal habitat loss and climate change pose the most significant threats to this species.


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