Zoo Miami (Miami Metro Zoo) in United States

Zoo Miami (Miami Metro Zoo)

Address 1 Zoo Boulevard, 12400 SW 152 Street
Zip-code 33177
Place Miami, FL
Country United States
Website Website


Key People


Elephant department

Head keepers
of elephants

Elephant keepers
Record history
History of updates2012-04-07

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Zoo Miami (Miami Metro Zoo), located at 1 Zoo Boulevard, 12400 SW 152 Street, in Miami, FL, United States .

Living elephants

At the Zoo Miami (Miami Metro Zoo) lives 4 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)
  1. Maybel born 1976
  2. Nelly (Nellie) born 1969
  3. Ongard born 2010-09-10
  4. Peggy born 1976

Comments / picturesThe history of the zoo can be traced back to the year 1948, when 3 monkeys, a goat and 2 black bears were purchased for $270 from a small road show stranded near Miami. These 6 animals were the beginning of the Crandon Park Zoo on the island of Key Biscayne, just southeast off the coast from downtown Miami. In 1965, Hurricane Betsy devastated the zoo and caused the death of 250 animals.

After the hurricane, Dade County officials applied for 600 acres of land in the Richmond Naval Air Station property on December 11, 1970. Construction began in 1975, and the grand opening of Asia, the first major exhibit, opened on December 12, 1981. A total of 38 exhibits, covering 200 acres, were available to the public. By 1987 the zoo had grown to over 1,200 animals, and was considered one of the top 25 zoos in the country


References for records about Zoo Miami (Miami Metro Zoo)

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2024). Zoo Miami (Miami Metro Zoo), Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=302. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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