Central Florida Zoo Plants Cypress Tree in Honor of "The Senator"

Steve DeCresie, horticulturalist, and employees at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens planted a cypress tree in honor of "The Senator," the 3,400 year old cypress tree that was recently destroyed by fire. The tree was planted on Monday, January 16, within hours of the news of the Senator fire.

The new tree is planted along the Florida Trek at the Zoo and is designated by a plaque honoring "The Senator."

"Steve and our employees are very sensitive to the natural environment and many have ties to Seminole County and were sad to hear of the demise of this ancient tree. The loss of this local treasure is an event we will always remember and we mourn the loss of this enduring symbol of Seminole County," said Joe Montisano, CEO.

The Zoo announced on its Facebook page the planting of the honorary cypress tree on Wednesday, January 18, and received 132 likes from the Zoo's many supporters.

About the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens - The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is a 116-acre private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and to engaging and educating our guests by sharing knowledge and celebrating our natural world. For more information regarding the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens visit or call 407.323.4450. The Zoo is located on I-4 Exit 104 in Sanford and is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.