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Botanical Gardens

Explore the wild and beautiful gardens at the Zoo.

Stop and Smell the Flowers

Experience the breathtaking flora growing throughout the Central Florida Zoo. Keep an eye out for butterflies, hummingbirds and other garden dwellers as you explore wildflowers, medicinal plants and much more.

Gardens throughout the Zoo

Butterfly Garden

A truly magical sight—explore a wide variety of annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees that are selected to attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators. Within the garden you will find a variety of nectar and host plants that support the life cycle of butterflies.

Health and Wellness Garden

Plants play a unique role in health and wellness as they encompass both the foods we eat and the many medicines we take. Explore the long history plants, health, and medicine share as you discover a variety of culinary, medicinal, and aromatic herbs.

Browse Collection

Browse is plant material the Zoo uses to enrich the animal’s diet and stimulate natural behaviors such as nesting and foraging. Next to the otter habitat you will find a variety of examples of browse. As you travel the Zoo, look for the animals enjoying their browse.

Spines, Thorns and Prickles Garden

Plants have developed defense mechanisms to avoid being eaten. Within the “Porcupines of the Plant Kingdom Garden” you will learn about three defenses spines, thorns, and prickles.

Bromeliad Collection

Bromeliads are a large group of plants that belong to the Bromeliaceae Family. Throughout the Zoo you will find a diverse group of terrestrial (growing on the ground) and epiphytic (growing on trees) bromeliads.

Fern Collection

Ferns are ancient plants that reproduce by spores. Throughout the Zoo you will find a variety of different species.


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