8225 North Wickham Road, Melbourne, Florida

The 50-acre Brevard Zoo, which first opened in 1994 and is approximately an hour’s drive East of Orlando, boasts nearly 500 animals that represent 130 different species from Florida, Central and South America, Asia and Australia. Highlights of the Brevard Zoo include Paws On Play, Expedition Africa, Wild Florida, La Selva and Austral/Asia. The Serengeti Special Events Pavilion seats up to 300 and is available for private parties, company outings and weddings. Kayak tours and train rides are available.

The Brevard Zoo is open daily from 9:30 AM through 5 PM (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas). For more information about the Brevard Zoo, visit www.brevardzoo.org.

RICH’S TRIVIA: The Brevard Zoo had its origins when the East Coast Zoological Society of Florida, Inc. (ECZS) was formed in 1986. More than 16,000 people joined to help build the Brevard Zoo, making it “The World’s Largest Volunteer Community Build.”

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