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A Trusted Conservation Resource

Our Mission

A conservation resource providing experiences that excite and inspire children and adults to learn and act on behalf of wildlife.

Our Vision:

The Zoo will empower our guests to respect, value and care for our natural resources, as we commit to contributing globally to the conservation and preservation of wildlife. As a regional resource in the Central Florida area and beyond, we will provide innovative and creative solutions through collaboration, practices and partnerships. The continued growth and development of the Zoo will further enhance its attraction to visitors outside the local community enabling us to bring national and international attention to the importance and ongoing efforts of wildlife sustainability.

Core Values:

  • Protect – we passionately commit our expertise and resources to saving animals and to ensuring their long-term survival
  • Innovate – we strive to discover solutions through progressive practices and partnerships in education, conservation and preservation
  • Engage – we connect people with wildlife and wild places and create opportunities to inspire our guests to respect, value and care for the natural world
  • Empower – we give our guests, staff, volunteers and the communities we serve the knowledge and tools to take positive action for all species

Simply put, the Zoo is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit that is an affordable family experience supported by private donations and gate admission. We are one of a handful of private non-profit zoos in the country and a great community resource that enhances the quality of life in Central Florida by offering a unique Zoo experience. We bring the world of animals to our guests who may never have the opportunity to see these animals in the wild and we are dedicated to the preservation and conservation of animals worldwide. In our efforts to educate the children of Central Florida we offer premier educational experiences that reach over 100,000 school children each year through our summer camps, programs and community outreaches. As a popular tourist destination, we are given the opportunity to spread our message and sphere of influence to an unlimited and constantly changing audience outside the local community.


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