The Zoo Participates in an Active Shooter Exercise

A multi-agency full scale active shooter exercise was staged yesterday, Dec. 15, at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens. Coordinated by the Seminole Office of Emergency Management, the drill was conducted to allow local officials to practice their response to a mass shooting at the Zoo. Due to an increasing amount of shooter related tragedies nationwide, officials said the drill is a necessary precaution in today's world where violence on a large scale can happen anywhere, anytime.

"We are proud, honored and very thankful to have been able to participate in this exercise with so many of our local law enforcement and safety personnel," said Philip Flynn III Ed.D., President & CEO. "Not only was this a great way for them to practice their response, but it also helped us learn what to do if such a tragedy were to befall us. Unfortunately, in the world today, this is something we all have to deal with and we would like to be as prepared as possible."

The exercise was conducted on Zoo grounds with multiple organizations participating and observing. Exercise participants included Zoo employees, Lake Mary Fire Department, Sanford Fire Department,  Sanford Police Department, Seminole County Animal Services, Seminole County Fire Department, Seminole County Office of Emergency Management, and the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.

Observers came from all around Florida to watch and learn, including representatives from Jacksonville Zoo, Disney World, Busch Gardens, Florida Aquarium, Zoo Miami, Sea World Orlando, and more.