For centuries, the only way to see a polar bear and a giraffe on the same day was to ride a saddled giraffe all the way to the Arctic Circle. Witness climatological opposites coexist with today’s Groupon to the Florida International Teaching Zoo in Bushnell. Choose between the following options:
- For $6, you get general admission for two (a $12 value).
- For $10, you get general admission for four (a $24 value).<p>
The not-for-profit Florida International Teaching Zoo grants guests access to an assortment of creatures at its endangered-species-breeding-and-conservation facility. Current critters include black jaguars, squirrel monkeys, spotted hyenas, rare birds, and Hawaiian ne’ne geese that charm on-looking crowds with rock-star-like nonchalance. In addition to entertaining patrons, the rotating roster of creatures assists students enrolled at the zoo’s school in developing their animal-caregiving skills and sleeping-in-a-tree skills. Captained by zoo-school pupils throughout the day, tours and demonstrations educate onlookers on the history and living conditions of the zoo’s collection with close inspections of predators, examinations of animal artifacts, and carnivore feeding sessions.
Florida International Teaching Zoo
Dedicated to responsible public education and the conservation of endangered and rare animals, the staffers of the Florida International Teaching Zoo tend to a diverse collection of living beings while teaching students to do the same. Amid the rustling feathers of Lady Amherst pheasants and the uncontrollable laughter of spotted hyenas reading the works of Oscar Wilde aloud, the school’s pupils spend days practicing their cage-side manner and stockpiling wildlife know-how through classes and conservation projects around the globe. To round out their tuition, students helm zoo tours for visitors four days a week, practicing their newly minted public-management skills and granting guests a chance to take in the wonders of the natural world in an intimate setting.