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Zoological Wildlife Foundation

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Address: 16225 SW 172nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33187-1320
Phone Number:
+1 305-969-3696
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08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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ZWF Miami is the only zoo in South Florida with as many animal encounters....

ZWF Miami is the only zoo in South Florida with as many animal encounters. We carry more than 20 of exotic species at our facility with many available for interactive activities involving our guests. The five acre zoo houses everything from domestic animals and primates to large predatory birds and mammals. Some of our popular selection of exotic zoo animals are Gibbon Apes, Sloths, Lemurs, owls, snakes, Anteater, Lions, Snow Leopards, and mischievous Capuchin monkeys - like those used in many movies. The Zoological Wildlife Foundation offers intimate tours and private encounters by appointment. Contact us to schedule a special tour with our exotic animals! It's an experience you will never forget. Tours must be prepaid and booked in advance in order to guarantee your desired date and time. DIRECTIONS: Please use these directions. GPS tends to send our travelers via a dirt road. Take the FLORIDA TURNPIKE and EXIT on Eureka Drive, 184th Street headed WEST Make a RIGHT on Eureka Drive and head down to Krome Avenue, 177th Avenue Make a RIGHT heading North to 160th Street Make a RIGHT heading East for half mile to 172nd Avenue Make a RIGHT on 172nd Avenue We are on the left side about a half block down

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I had found this place on TripAdvisor before we went on Holiday. I love animals but am always very careful where I go to see them as there are a lot of places which do it for the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 October 2016
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Essex, Maryland
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102 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

My husband and I love doing animal encounters whenever we can and were excited to book a tour with ZWF in May. Cost for both of us for admission and personal tour was $340, nothing to sneeze at, but we were okay with it. We are not locals and traveled to Florida for a couple of attractions. Unfortunately, a few... More 

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9 Thank Theresa L
Maria T, Owner at Zoological Wildlife Foundation, responded to this review

Dear Theresa: Our priority is to offer guest’s the best experience possible before and during their visit. It’s very unfortunate that you are displeased with the outcome of your planned visit to ZWF Miami. You had an original reservation that you had cancelled outside of our 48 hour cancellation window and for which you had received a certificate. You had... More 

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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

I had found this place on TripAdvisor before we went on Holiday. I love animals but am always very careful where I go to see them as there are a lot of places which do it for the money and not the care of the animals so I researched it as much as I could and read countless reviews. We... More 

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Thank RachE77
Maria T, Owner at Zoological Wildlife Foundation, responded to this review

We're so glad you were able to visit us during your time in Miami. ZWF is a USDA State and license facility, and all of our cages are actually larger than the required size. Thank you for sharing the same love for animals as we do <3 More 

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

I had the privilege of visiting and interacting with a baby lion, just awesome. I highly recommend taking time to go and visit. Even though it may be only 5 acres, you will see for yourself how happy the animals are. To me, that's important and the staff all were so happy and just loved the animals.

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Thank melindaperez44
Maria T, Owner at Zoological Wildlife Foundation, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us! More 

New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

So first of all, let me start out by saying THIS IS NOT A ZOO. Anyone complaining about the cost, clearly has no idea what it costs to maintain this size property or the numerous animals that live there. Perspective: Miami Zoo is $20 per person. This is $85 and is a private tour with a limited number of guests.... More 

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Thank jillapallooza
Maria T, Owner at Zoological Wildlife Foundation, responded to this review

Hello Jill! Thank you so much for sharing all of the amazing pictures you took during your visit with us. We really love having guests that share the same passion for animals as we do, and we take pride in providing them with the best care possible. We hope to see you back soon! More 

Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

We visited ZWF last year and had such an amazing experience we HAD to come back again. We paid for the feline encounter ($300 each for 1 hour) and had the chance to meet and stroke 2 different baby leopards and a lion cub today. It was amazing! We let the animals do what they wanted rather than expecting them... More 

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Maria T, Owner at Zoological Wildlife Foundation, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your visit and support! We love having guests that share the same passion for wildlife as we do. It is very rewarding for us to be giving these beautiful animals a safe and healthy home. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

I booked this experience online for three of us including my 8 year old daughter. The tour was only about 45-50 minutes and the cost was over $240.00. After the 45 min tour where I saw animals on small cages an nothing else, we got to play with a few small animals that I have seen and pet at the... More 

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1 Thank Nancy d
Maria T, Owner at Zoological Wildlife Foundation, responded to this review

Hi, Nancy. We're very sorry to hear your visit didn't quite meet your expectations. The money that is collected from tours, photos and encounters, goes towards enhancing the animal habitats and supporting a high standard of food and veterinary care. We do offer various types of encounters, including feline encounters, and hope you are able to visit us again sometime. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

I found out about this place a few years ago and finally made it down to Miami to visit. I've been to a few other places similar to this one that allows interaction/encounters and this one is, by far, the best one. Very nice facility, very friendly staff, Kyle (our tour guide) was great. The animals are all well taken... More 

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Thank Jeremy W
Maria T, Owner at Zoological Wildlife Foundation, responded to this review

We're glad to hear you enjoyed your time with us and our animals. We hope to see you again soon! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Visiting the Zoological Wildlife Foundation is a once-in-a-life-time experience. We booked the "Special Wildlife Experience", which is a combination of the General Wildlife experience, Primate Experience, Feline Experience, Owl Experience and Sloth Encounter. It is definitely far from inexpensive, however worth every penny as you have a chance to interact with a variety of creatures. Most of the animals at... More 

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2 Thank Natalja V
Maria T, Owner at Zoological Wildlife Foundation, responded to this review

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! We would love to see all of the amazing pictures you took, make sure to hashtag #ZWFMiami! We hope to see you again soon :) More 

Miami Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

Nice place if you are an animal lover. The encounter with baby animals have been an amazing experience for me. It is expensive but im willing to pay it for the kind of experience. I don't recommend to to the encounters with little kids the animals are babies but still animals i was scare with my 5 year old son... More 

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Thank AndreaMinski
Maria T, Owner at Zoological Wildlife Foundation, responded to this review

Hi Andrea! Thanks for sharing your experience with us and sharing the same love we do for animals. We hope you and your family can come back soon <3 More 

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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

I'm not sure what the other reviewers are complaining about. This is a totally different experience than a regular zoo, and with the amount of big cats and cubs, reptiles, monkeys, etc. that you will see up close and without the distractions of crowds. I had an almost private tour with one other couple. I paid extra for the jaguar... More 

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Thank Dina T
Maria T, Owner at Zoological Wildlife Foundation, responded to this review

Wow, thank you for your lovely review! We're so happy to hear you had a lifetime experience with us. We take pride in giving our animals the best care. Please come back soon :) More 

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