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Enter the lush tropical world of the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens.  A relaxing, entertaining and educational experience for the entire family. 

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We've been at our present location since July 4, 1975. We set a new record for the number of visitors in 2013--300,000 people and we look forward to your visit!  

Besides seeing over 500 animals representing 205 species (that doesn't even include the bugs in the Massey Services Insect Zoo), you can take to the sky and enjoy our aerial adventure course, ZOOm Air Adventure Park or bring your flip-flops and swimsuit to cool-off in the Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground. 

See domestic animals in our Barnyard Buddies Children’s Zoo, or see the Southeast’s largest collection of venomous snakes and non-venomous reptiles in our Herpetarium.  On weekends we also offer: Keeper Chats.   And if you would like, hold your child’s Birthday Party at the Zoo or host your company’s meeting, picnic or your family reunion at the Zoo.    

The zoo added a new giraffe exhibit February 2014,  that is home to three male giraffes, Rafiki, Emba and Gage and daily giraffe feedings for our guests from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for $5.00.  We also have a rhino encounter offered on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Other recent additions to the zoo include Chocoan peccaries, warthogs, pygmy goats, several birds, including three baby silvery-cheeked hornbills, a tawny frogmouth and a wreathed hornbill; and Nigerian dwarf goats in the Barnyard Buddies Children’s Zoo, which houses domesticated animals. 

One of the more unusual animals added in 2014 is the fossa. At first glance a fossa may look like some kind of cat, monkey, or weasel. It has paws with claws like a cat, a long tail like a monkey, and round little ears like a weasel, so it's easy to be confused.  Although it shares some adaptations with cats, the fossa is closely related to the mongoose and civet.  It is the largest native predator on the island of Madagascar and although they feed on a variety of prey, lemurs make up their main diet. 

Watch the River of Lakes Heritage Corridor Zoo Video about us HERE!  

Animal Carousel Celebrate wildlife year-round with an Annual ZOO Pass!  Pass holders belong to the wildest place in town & receive free admission to the Zoo. You can also enjoy our Little Florida Coast Line Train and Animal Carousel with a Ride Pass.       

*Service animals only allowed in the Zoo. Please leave your dog at home. We’re sorry for any inconvenience.

If you bring your dog and he or she is not a guide or service dog you may accompany your dog to Paw Park in Sanford while your family visits the Zoo. Please be advised it is against the law to leave your pet in your car. 


Paw Park is located at-
427 S. French Avenue Sanford, Florida 


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