Opening of the Miami Zoo Conservation Center, which immerses visitors


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Wrote January 12, 2021
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Opening of the Miami Zoo Conservation Center, which immerses visitors

The Miami’s Conservation Action Center Zoo is ready to connect guests with the problems of wildlife conservation in Florida through storytelling and play.

It should be launched on January 16, the center at 12400 SW 152 St. it is an impressive interactive experience that introduces guests to conservation stories, both globally and locally. The indoor exhibition educates about how everyday actions at home affect nature’s ecosystem and encourages visitors to take action to save all species on behalf of wildlife.

More than five years in the making, the zoo has transformed its former building by Dr. Wilde’s World in the heart of the Miami Zoo into an immersive center with works by zoo keepers, medical staff and researchers.

The primary funding for the project brought in several sponsors, including a $ 500,000 gift from the Marc and Robin Osheroff family, Florida Power & Light Co. and the NextEra Energy Foundation charity branch, a $ 300,000 contribution, and a $ 75,000 Romano Foundation donation. The zoo also secured $ 412,000 from the Florida Department of Cultural Affairs, officials said.

“Human kindness is not an endangered species” is an inspiring message displayed above the entrance to the new center. It sets the tone for what visitors can expect from a unique interpretive exhibition, said Carol Kruse, zoo director.

“By sharing stories of caring actions, involving people in thoughtful activities and inspiring them to take conservation action [it] it will affect change for generations to come, ”she added of the action center, which is decorated with art frescoes by local Cuban-American artist Juan Travies in coalition with the exhibition design and inventions of Split rock studios in St. Petersburg. Paul, MN.

The goal of the Miami Zoo Conservation Action Center is to establish an emotional connection with what is happening to nature around the world and in our backyard, develop an understanding of the urgency that there is hope that the situation will change and get people to act, said Bill Moore, president of the zoo.

Along with donations and partnerships aligned with local and global conservation efforts at the zoo, Mr. Moore said, “together we understand the importance of caring for our planet and protecting it.”

Details: https://www.zoomiami.org/conservation-action-center.


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