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Brevard County zoo

Brevard County zooOne of the major attractions in the Melbourne area is the Brevard County Zoo.  Opened in 1984 after the local community raised 3.5 million dollars, the zoo now houses over 600 animals in over 120 animal exhibits.  These include the Red Wolf, White Rhinoceroses, Cheetahs, Giraffes and of course – all kinds of water animals.  Not content to stay as is, the zoo continues to grow and develop.  In fact, they’ve recently made several very exciting announcements.

The brand new meerkat exhibit is now open!  This exhibit, called the Meerkat Hamlet, has lots of tunnels for these burrowing creatures.  Meerkats live in underground warrens and have a pretty complex and active social life with each other.  Kids of all ages love to watch the meerkats stand on their hind legs, scurry through their tunnels and play with each other.  In fact, the kids can now crawl through their own tunnel and watch the meerkats as they move around underground. Following a name-the-meerkat contest, the alpha male is now known as Jasper, while the alpha female is known as Kiki.  And the best news of all: Kiki is thought to be pregnant!

 

The zoo has upgraded their existing boardwalk and added new sections that allow up close and personal viewing into the new meerkat exhibit as well as an active termite mound.  This boardwalk is designed to be extremely durable with a natural hardwood finish. It simply makes it easier for the guests to move around and is much nicer on the eyes.

Some of the newest zoo babies include swans and capybaras.  Six Coscoroba swans were born to mom Cinderella and dad Prince Charming!  In addition, six capybara pups were born to Baily and Clancy. Capybaras are a close relative to guinea pigs, but are much larger than the average guinea pig.

The zoo celebrated its 20th anniversary during the weekend of March 15th and March 16th.  During this weekend celebration, guests enjoyed special music, a parade, animal encounters, games and crafts as well as free gifts or free admission to some lucky guests.  It is important to remember that twenty years ago, 16,000 volunteers pitched in with hammers, nails and muscle power to help build the zoo in only 16 weeks!

On a much sadder note, a giraffe named Duncan had to be euthanized in late 2013.  Although only 11 years old, he suffered from what’s known as capture myopathy – a disorder that obliterates muscle tissue.  Because this disorder is life-threatening and because Duncan was not responding to any treatment, the sad decision was made to euthanize the animal in order to relieve its suffering. 

If you’re in the area, come by and enjoy all that the Brevard Zoo has to offer!

The month of January is the month to get back in shape.  Let’s face it.  The holidays are over and so is our over indulgent habits.  Everyone loves over indulging on sweets during the holidays, but come January 2nd our bodies demand the gluttony stop.  The weight has piled on and we are forced to pay attention.  Thousands of Americans pledge to burn off the extra weight by working out or dieting as their New Year’s resolutions.  Gym memberships spike and the Weight Watcher commercials air relentlessly on the television.  The problem is shedding the extra weight is hard and never fun to lose.  It requires hard work and dedication.  Who wants to run on a treadmill or lift weights for fun?  But what if there was a way to work out the body and have fun at the same time?  Is this concept possible?  Well, the Brevard Zoo has just demonstrated it is very possible indeed.

The Brevard Zoo’s new Trek Treetop Aerial Adventures in Melbourne, Florida has managed to bring the fun element back into working out.  The Trek Treetop which is run separate from the zoo, offers adventurers the opportunity to zip line and enjoy canopy walks 20 feet in the sky overlooking the wetlands and zoo.  Who wouldn’t get a little excited at the prospect of exploring the world from a bird’s perspective?  The park offers fun for all levels.  Young children can enjoy the chutes and ladders course which includes 20 challenges involving bridges, tightropes and zip lines.  The beginner adult course called the Canopy Walk offers adventurers the opportunity to walk 20 feet in the air while looking down on zoo animals and other natural landscapes.  This course also offers two zip lines and five treetop challenges.  Then for the really challenge driven adventurers, there is the Treetop Challenge.  This course is the hardest and most advanced.  The course offers large zip lines that are 40 feet above ground and multiple treetop challenges to test endurance, balance and strength.  The course also offers these dare devils the opportunity to zip across more than 700 feet of wetlands, which is the home to many alligators.

Admission for the Trek Treetop varies between courses.  The Chutes and ladders course is only $15 per person.  The Canopy Walk admission is $25 per person and the Treetop Challenge costs $48 per person.  These admissions do not include the zoo.  Zoo admission is separate.  All these courses offer adventurers a couple hours workout.  For the adrenaline rush, thrill of flying down zip lines, and balancing on tightropes, the guests are all reviewing it is worth the money.

The creators of the Trek Treetop can pat themselves on the back.  Already guests are found raving about their experience at the course.  TripAdvisor ranks the Trek Treetop the number one “thing to do” while visiting Melbourne.  My hat goes off to the masterminds behind this aerial adventure course.  It is like the famous line from the movie Field of Dreams, “If you build it, they will come”. The Brevard Zoo built the aerial adventure course and come they are.  Let the fun begin and the pounds by gone!

Find out more at the Brevard Zoo website www.brevardzoo.org