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February 13, 2019

SEAWORLD ORLANDO RESCUES JUVENILE MANATEE


Less than one year after return to local waters, “Buckeye” is back at SeaWorld’s Critical Care Facility

Orlando, Fla. (February 13, 2019) – Yesterday, late on February 12, an orphaned manatee, rescued and rehabilitated by the SeaWorld Rescue Team and partner facilities in 2015, is back at SeaWorld Orlando after teams were alerted to an unaccountable weight loss in the juvenile male. 
Buckeye was first rescued - orphaned and underweight - in Daytona Beach, Florida in September, 2015.  He spent more than two years with the SeaWorld animal care team for extended rehabilitation and care, including round the clock attention and bottle feedings.  He was transferred to the Jacksonville Zoo as part of the Manatee Rescue & Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP) in late 2017 and was returned to Blue Springs State Park in March 2018 more than 600 lbs. heavier, a healthy weight to be able to thrive in a natural environment, especially during colder winter months. 

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 30, 2019

Brews Around the Zoo Returns to the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

SANFORD, Fla., January 30, 2019—Brews Around the Zoo, presented by Wayne Densch, Inc., is returning for its twelfth year at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens on Saturday, April 13 from 6 PM to 10 PM.

This wildly popular event directly supports the Zoo's animal welfare, conservation initiatives, and education programs.

Over 1,800 guests are expected to attend this adults-only night featuring food samples from local restaurants, live music, special animal encounters, and over thirty different craft beers. Tickets for the event are all inclusive for beer and food samplings and will go on sale through UNation on Friday, February 1 at 10:00 a.m. Multiple ticket options are available.

The Zoo will also host A Taste of the Wild Beer Pairing Dinner, featuring beer from Wicked Weed Brewing based in Asheville, NC. This year, the dinner will take place the evening before Brews Around the Zoo—Friday, April 12 from 6:30 to 9 PM. Tickets to A Taste of the Wild Beer Pairing Dinner include General Admission tickets to Brews Around the Zoo on Saturday.

This event is held rain or shine. All guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend; a valid ID will be required along with your ticket upon admission. Guests with infants and/or small children will not be permitted to enter the gates under any circumstances.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. To obtain more information please contact the Zoo’s event manager by phone at 407-323-4450 ext. 103 or e-mail atmegans@centralfloridazoo.org.


Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is home to over 350 animals in Sanford, Florida. As a not-for-profit organization, it is a leader in conservation, providing experiences that excite and inspire actions on behalf of wildlife. More information is available at www.centralfloridazoo.org.
 
Seminole Aerial Adventures at the Central Florida Zoo is a self-propelled challenge course for all ages. Woven into the natural forest are three courses designed to test you, physically and mentally. Swing, climb, and balance across dancing logs, tight wires, rope bridges, nets, & exhilarating zip lines. This featured attraction, just before the Zoo's entrance, gives both nature lovers & challenge seekers the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of adventure in Central Florida.

Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation is a cutting-edge conservation facility dedicated to propagation of and reintroduction of the federally protected eastern indigo snake. More information is available at www.centralfloridazoo.org/about-the-zoo/ocic.

SEAWORLD ORLANDO’S FIRST COLD STRESSED MANATEE OF THE YEAR ARRIVES


Rescued male suffering from hypothermia as local water temperatures drop

Orlando, FL (January 30, 2019) – As much of the country prepares for dangerously cold temperatures this week, rescue teams in Florida are starting to see the effects of low water temperatures on the state’s manatee population.   
Late yesterday, a 725 lb. sub-adult male manatee arrived to SeaWorld Orlando’s critical care animal hospital, suffering from symptoms of cold stress including abbesses and dehydration. The manatee was rescued in Lake Griffin near Eustis, Florida, in the center of the state, by Florida Fish and Wildlife (FWC), Sea2Shore and a local chapter of the Save the Manatee Club.  After a field assessment, the animal was transported to the park where veterinarians started medical treatment and rehabilitation including antibiotics, fluids and other supportive care.

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.

January 16, 2019

Tickets On Sale Now for Zoolarious: A Night of Comedy at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens


SANFORD, Fla., January 16, 2019—The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens guarantees giggles at this night of comedy for a cause. Attendees will enjoy exclusive access to the Zoo, up-close animal encounters, and a one of a kind performance by SAK Comedy Lab, Orlando's Best Rated Live Improv Comedy Club.

This event, which will directly support the Zoo’s animal wellness, conservation, and education programs, will take place on Thursday, February 21 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

December 10, 2018

SeaWorld Rescue Team and Partners Rescue Manatee in South Carolina


Orlando, Fla. (December, 2018) -- Members of the SeaWorld Rescue team traveled to South Carolina last week, where in collaboration with multiple organizations – they assisted in the rescue and relocation of a large male manatee.  The rescued animal was transported to the Jacksonville Zoo and is being treated for cold stress. 

Following close coordination with the Manatee Rescue & Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) staff authorized the rescue operation that included SeaWorld Orlando’s rescue team. Support for the rescue came from a broad range of agencies and organizations, including:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff from Jacksonville, Charleston, Ernest F. Hollings - ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), and Cape Romain NWR, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Sea to Shore Alliance, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), Clearwater (FL) Marine Aquarium, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, the University of Florida Aquatic Animal Health Program, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - National Ocean Services - Charleston, and the National Marine Mammal Foundation. WestRock Company (Charleston) provided logistic support for the rescue.

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 17, 2018

New male rhino stomps into Brevard Zoo


MELBOURNE, Fla., October 17, 2018 — Brevard Zoo welcomed 5,200-pound, 16-year-old Frankie earlier this month. The southern white rhinoceros came from a private facility in central Florida.

Frankie made his appearance in a big way: he was transported into the Zoo on a massive trailer provided by Four C’s Nursery. Guests will be able to visit Frankie in the upcoming weeks when he joins females Uzuri and Kibibi in Expedition Africa. Male Howard will alternate being visible to guests with Frankie.

October 11, 2018

Hundreds of tiny sea turtles find refuge at Brevard Zoo


MELBOURNE, Fla., October 10, 2018 — Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center is caring for nearly 300 green and loggerhead sea turtle “washbacks” pushed ashore when Hurricane Leslie disrupted their habitat. 

“When sea turtles hatch, they rely on energy stores from a yolk sac to make the multi-mile swim to offshore weed lines—floating masses of Sargassum seaweed that provide shelter and food,” explained sea turtle program manager Shanon Gann. “If the seaweed is disrupted by a storm or strong winds that wash them back to shore, the little turtles do not have the energy to make the long swim again.”

Healing Center staff and volunteers are caring for the washbacks for a few days until open ocean conditions improve; at that time, they will be transported offshore in a boat and placed in weed lines.
Sea Turtle Preservation Society (STPS) volunteers are transporting the turtles to the Healing Center. Individuals who find washbacks should immediately call STPS at 321-676-1701 or Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 1-888-404-3922 for rescue instructions.

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.

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 30, 2018

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens mourns the loss of beloved giraffe



SANFORD, Fla., September 29, 2018 - The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is saddened to announce the loss of their resident male Baringo, commonly known as Rothschild, giraffe, Emba. He was born October 23, 1995 at the Oklahoma City Zoo and resided at several other facilities before arriving at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens from White Oak for the opening of their new giraffe habitat in February 2014.

Emba was 22-years-old. The median life expectancy for giraffe is 20 to 25 years.

On April 7, 2018, the Zoo staff found Emba lying on his side—an abnormal position for a giraffe. Animal care and veterinary teams immediately responded to the habitat to assess his condition. The decision was made to separate Emba from the Zoo's other two male giraffe for safety and to assist with behavioral observation and administration of medication. Initially, the cause of condition was unknown and staff consulted with veterinarians at several AZA accredited zoos who have worked with similar geriatric giraffe cases.

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.

August 14, 2018

Rare piglet first of its kind born at Brevard Zoo


Named Java, the piglet is the offspring of two-year-old mother Piggy and two-year-old father Meru. He is the first child of either parent and the first member of his species ever born at the Zoo.
“Java is barely a week old, but his personality is already shining through,” said Michelle Smurl, director of animal programs at the Zoo. “Piggy is doing an incredible job, especially for a first-time mom.”

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.

May 13, 2018

SEA LIFE ORLANDO AQUARIUM TO CELEBRATE ARRIVAL OF FOUR BABY STING RAYS WITH SPECIAL "BABY SHOWER"

From Mother's Day to Father's Day, the aquarium will be collecting items for Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies in exchange for 25-percent off admission

ORLANDO, FLA. (May 12, 2018) –SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium is excited to announce the arrival of four, baby blue spotted sting rays! The new bundles of joy are spreading joy to the community as SEA LIFE hosts a special baby shower for Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies to celebrate all the tiny babies. From Mother's Day to Father's Day, the Aquarium will be collecting items for Winnie Palmer Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Guests who donate a gift from the NICU baby registry will receive 25-percent off of regular admission to the Aquarium. Items on the registry include:

  • WubbaNubs 
  • Rattles
  • Linking Rings
  • Infant books
  • Lullaby CDs
  • Ball rattles
  • Baby blankets 
  •  Light swaddling blankets

April 23, 2018

WALRUS CALVES REACH NEW MILESTONE AT SEAWORLD

Guests can now see walrus calves on habitat at Wild Arctic

Orlando, Fla. (April 23, 2018) – Today Ginger and Aku, two young walrus calves, were introduced to the walrus habitat inside Wild Arctic at SeaWorld Orlando. The revamped space will provide guests the opportunity to view Ginger and Aku from multiple angles both above and below water. The popular exhibit is also home to two adult Pacific walruses, Garfield and Kaboodle. Guests will have the opportunity to see both the walrus calves and adult walruses throughout the day as they rotate use of the habitat.

Ginger and Aku were introduced to each other last year after Aku was rescued from a gold mining dredge off the coast of Alaska. Ginger was born at SeaWorld Orlando in June of last year. Ginger’s age and suitability as a social companion combined with SeaWorld’s expertise in raising orphaned walrus calves played a significant role in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS) decision to send Aku to Orlando.

For park operating hours and additional information, guests can visit www.seaworldorlando.com. Learn more about Aku and Ginger by visiting the SeaWorld Orlando Blog.

April 10, 2018

SeaWorld Animal Rescue Team Caring for Mother-and-Calf Manatee Pair


ORLANDO, Fla. (April 9, 2018) – Earlier this evening, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium transported a distressed mother manatee – and her nursing calf – from North Fort Myers to SeaWorld Orlando for rehabilitation and care. The pair was rescued by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) after the mother manatee was observed floating and experiencing buoyancy issues. 

Buoyancy issues can negatively impact a manatee’s health, eating patterns and the nursing of a dependent calf and if not corrected can be life-threatening. The condition is known as a pneumothorax and it was potentially caused by the blunt force of a boat strike. The calf is estimated to be a 1-year-old and, although unharmed, is still nursing and dependent on its mother. It is important that the pair remain together as the calf continues to grow and learn from its mother.

So far this year, SeaWorld Orlando’s Animal Rescue Team has rescued 30 manatees and returned 7.