I have always loved zoos. I will probably never go to Africa and see Zebras in the wild and I may never go to South America and see tropical birds perched high in the rain forest, but I can drive down the street to the Brevard Zoo and feed a giraffe. Wait...feed a giraffe? That's absolutely correct! You can even touch a rhinocerous. Want to feed a deer? You can do that as well. What a treat it was to take my wife for the very first time to the Brevard Zoo in what turned out to be an experience of a lifetime.
Last Saturday we began our morning with excitement as we made the short 12 minute drive to the Brevard Zoo. I knew a little bit of the zoo's history before we entered, but I don't think I was prepared for what we were to encounter. As we made our way to the ticket gate to purchase our tickets we were informed that the tickets would be half price as the zoo was going to close at lunch for a special event. Tickets are normally $16.95 for adults, $15.95 for seniors, $12.95 for children 2-12, and children under 2 are free.
As we made our way inside we passed by the gift shop and made our way to the zoo map to see what our adventure would entail. We first made our way to the La Selva Rainforest where we saw birds, monkeys, and many other animals (monkeys are my favorite). We then passed through Wild Florida where we saw eagles, deer, and alligators (the alligators are big!). My wife Lauren was even able to feed a very friendly white-tailed deer. From there we went to Australia Asia where we saw kangaroos. A little further down you can enter a building full of colorful birds and feed lorikeets! From there we decided to enter Expedition Africa where we saw meerkats, rhinoceroses, zebras, and a giraffe, just to name a few (there are hundreds of animals in the park and I want to save part of the adventure for you to explore).
As we made our way to the giraffe area, we were informed that we could purchase "giraffe food" and feed the giraffe ($2 per treat). Where else can you do this? Lauren and I both fed the giraffe and took a lot of pictures to document our time at the zoo. After spending about 15 minutes with the giraffe, we headed towards the exit and made a quick purchase from the gift shop. As we headed home, we started planning our trip back where we could spend more time with the animals and also participate in the rhinoceros encounter (it is an extra fee).
For this trip I would definitely recommend wearing comfortable clothes depending on the time of the year, bringing a camera, and bringing a few dollars and quarters if you want to purchase food to feed the animals. There are several different feeding stations throughout the zoo that only take quarters. I had such a blast with Lauren and made memories that will last a lifetime. The Brevard Zoo is definitely A small zoo that does BIG things and we cannot wait for our next adventure. It is a true gem and definitely a good bang for your buck if you want to spend a few hours living life on the wild side!
For more information on the Brevard Zoo: https://brevardzoo.org/
Until next time,
Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce
Convention & Visitors Bureau