An Afternoon At Brevard Zoo

Just a couple of weeks ago we had the pleasure of visiting Brevard Zoo and although we have been several times in the past few years, I think this was the first time we’ve been since everything has been completed. It is a great way to spend the afternoon at a leisurely pace.

The zoo now features 4 different themed lands that include Expedition Africa, La Selva (South America), Australia & Asia, Wild Florida (since that’s where we live) and an additional petting area called Paws On Play. We took a very low intensity stroll through only 2 lands this visit and enjoyed Expedition Africa, Australia / Asia and just the alligator section of Wild Florida. Because we purchased an annual pass we decided we would just have a short visit of only about 2 hours.

The exhibit we enjoyed the most was Africa where you can see cheetahs (the fastest land animal in the world), white rhinoceros, dromedary camel, giraffes and much more. My wife had been taking all week about going to the zoo and hopefully getting to see a giraffe. Well, she got her wish and more when we went to the giraffe feeding and observation platform and one beautiful specimen came right up to the platform to be fed. At first it came to a group of people and then gracefully wandered over to where my wife was all by herself. To her surprise there was a cracker that you purchase to feed the animals sitting right next to her. The giraffe can right up to her and let her feed it and pet it.

Now, if you have never had the experience of seeing a giraffe up close, it really is quite amazing. These exquisite creatures are some 17 feet tall and weigh in at 2,000 pounds or more and they move that huge mass in the most graceful manner you can imagine. It is as if you are watching ballet to see the giraffe move.

It costs $13.50 per adult for admission to the Brevard Zoo, but you can get discounts by buying annual passes for families or couples. We got an internet special of 2 annual passes (They’re called a membership) for 2 adults, 2 additional one day guest passes, 2 passes for the train and unlimited kayaking for only $79. The memberships run for 1 year from the time of purchase. It is well worth the price if you plan on going a few times because we took one additional person with us on our latest visit and the total would have been $40, half of what the price of the membership was.

The Brevard Zoo is located in the Viera section of Melbourne at 8225 North Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL and is opened daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Make sure you stick around and see the giraffe.

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