Author: Brevard Zoo

WATCH: Brevard Zoo’s Spider Monkey ‘J’ Sports New Brace to Correct Issues With Right Foot Inury

WATCH: A new brace will hopefully correct issues with 1-year-old black-handed spider monkey Mateo’s gait, which started after his right foot was injured during the first introductions to our spider monkey troop last fall. J first arrived at our Zoo as a 5-month-old after being confiscated at the United States-Mexico border. […]

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WATCH: Brevard Zoo Welcomes Three Lions From the Naples Zoo

As you might expect, moving three lions isn’t as simple as placing them in an air-conditioned Motor Coach and heading on the road. This move required the time, resources and cooperation of both our Zoo team as well as Naples Zoo, the facility that cared for the boys from birth. Read on to learn all about the work that went into bringing them to our Zoo. […]

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Brevard Zoo Removes Hook From Sea Turtle ‘Crush’ Found at Jetty Park Pier

Our Sea Turtle Healing Center experiences so many amazing moments, from a critical patient who recovers well from surgery to the return of a turtle back to the water. But those happy moments are accompanied by the hard times we realize we’ve done all we can for a patient. We want to share one of those times with you in the hopes it can help save another sea turtle.   […]

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BREVARD ZOO VIDEO OF THE DAY: Have You Ever Wondered How Snakes Drink Water?

Have you ever wondered how snakes drink water? Snakes like our African rock pythons and Burmese python can drink from standing water by dipping their head into the pool and slowly chugging it, but these standing pools are rare for snakes that live in trees (arboreal) or those who live in arid places. […]

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Brevard Zoo Creates Space for Older Animals to Have Their Own ‘Retirement Home’

Creating the right space to suit our animals requires time and effort. Our animal care team takes a lot into consideration when customizing habitats for our different animals, such as size, structures, water access, foliage, shade and more. […]

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WATCH: Brevard Zoo’s 31-Year Old Female Spider Monkey ‘Rochelle’ Gives Birth to Baby April 15

Our black-handed spider monkey troop just got a little bigger! Thirty-one-year-old female Rochelle (aka “Shelley”) gave birth to a baby early in the morning on Friday, April 15. […]

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Brevard Zoo Welcomes Endangered Species Frosted Flatwood Salamanders to the Zoo

We’re excited to share that our Conservation team will soon start caring for a new species in peril: the frosted flatwood salamander! The arrival of these salamander larvae will kick off our efforts to protect amphibians. […]

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NEW KING AT THE ZOO! Brevard Zoo Welcomes King Vulture Chick to the Family

There’s a new King at Brevard Zoo! Nope, not lions (yet). A king vulture chick hatched to parents 33-year-old Junior and 17-year-old Princess on March 30. The parents appear to be attentive and protective over the chick, whose gender won’t be known until their first exam in a few months. […]

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Brevard Zoo Helps Sea Turtle ‘Nephron’ Recover After Surgery to Remove Fishing Line From Intestines

Fishing line seems like an unthreatening tool to humans, but this piece of fishing gear can be so harmful to marine life, especially turtles. One of our Sea Turtle Healing Center patients, Nephron, is recovering after major surgery to remove fishing line from their intestines. […]

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Brevard Zoo to Give Away 150 Mangrove Trees in Honor of 150th Anniversary of Arbor Day

Celebrate Arbor Day by adopting a free mangrove from Brevard Zoo as they giv3 away 150 mangroves – both mature and juvenile – in honor of the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day. […]

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WATCH: Brevard Zoo Provides Natural Social Structure For White-Nosed Coatis

If you spot five of our white-nosed coatis in one habitat, your eyes have not deceived you! We are allowing our three younger coatis, or kits, to interact with our two older coati residents. […]

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Brevard Zoo’s White-Nosed Coatimundi ‘Agave’ Diagnosed With Congenital Heart Defect

Thanks to the hard work and quick action of our animal care team, 10-month-old white-nosed coatimundi Agave received a diagnosis and treatment plan following collapsing episodes. After a visit to a veterinary cardiologist last week, it was determined that Agave has a congenital heart defect, something that we will manage for the rest of her life. […]

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WATCH: Brevard Zoo’s Restore Our Shores Team Sees Success in Using Plastic-Free Oyster Restoration Material

Our Restore Our Shores team is happy to share that we’ve seen some early success in using a plastic-free material called a gabion in our oyster restoration projects. […]

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WATCH: Brevard Zoo Enters First-Ever Breeding Season of Country’s Most Endangered Bird Species

Back in 2020, we called on our community to help us support an extra-special Give From the Heart appeal: Saving the United States’ most endangered bird from extinction. Thanks to your support, we met our goal of raising $100,000 to build a customized outdoor habitat for Florida grasshopper sparrows. We are happy to share that we are now entering our first-ever breeding season! […]

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BREVARD ZOO: Zoo’s 22-Year-Old Giraffe Johari Died of Complications From Kidney Disease

We’d like to thank our Zoo community for their kind words and condolences after the unexpected death of our giraffe matriarch Johari in January. As one of our original five giraffes, she was the highlight of so many Zoo trips and memories. […]

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Brevard Zoo Staff Monitors Older Animal’s Quality of Life With Regular Assessments

At our Zoo, we have enjoyed being home to many of our animals for a great number of years. Pepper the cheetah, now 13 years old, joined us as a 2-year-old. Makina and Fancy, our Visayan warty pigs, have been with us since they were each 5 and 6 – and are now 18 and 19 years old, respectively – and the oldest females in an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) facility. […]

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Brevard Zoo Staff Members Provide Safety, Comfort of Bird Family During Quarantine

Taking care of animals is a big undertaking, one our animal care staff have dedicated their careers to pursuing. Taking care of animals in quarantine, however, is an even bigger undertaking. Many of our staff members have adjusted their daily schedules and duties to ensure the safety and comfort of our bird family. […]

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Brevard Zoo Invites Community to Hop Into Frog Conservation By Becoming Citizen Scientists

We are toad-ally committed to amphibian conservation here at the Zoo, and we want to invite you to join us right in your backyard! You can help local frogs and toads by becoming citizen scientists and reporting callings of species through FrogWatch USA. […]

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