Jungle Island – Miami
Jungle Island (formerly Parrot Jungle) is an interactive zoological park in Watson Island, Miami, Florida. It was originally Parrot Jungle and moved from its original suburban Pinecrest to its present location just east of Downtown Miami renamed as Parrot Jungle Island. In 2007, the park was again renamed to Jungle Island.
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS AND FEATURES
• The Winged Wonders show in the Pepsi Parrot Bowl, a covered amphitheater that seats 1,200, enchants visitors with singing and talking birds including the free-flying condor, with its 11-foot wingspan and “Mama Cass,” the world’s only trained Cassowary.
• Dr. Wasabi’s Wild Adventures in the Serpentarium® takes an audience full of research assistants on a wild safari adventure through the animal kingdom. Guests will meet the wild wonders Dr. Wasabi has found from his world travels – from a baby warthog to an alligator snapping turtle; baby Hamadryas baboons to African penguins.
• Tale of the Tiger, in the Jungle Theater, is our conservation-oriented, exotic animal show that features white tigers, baby primates, chimpanzees, gibbons and more.
• La Playa, Jungle Island’s Private Beach, is ideal for relaxing in a lounge chair while the children enjoy one of our aquatic bounce houses or splash in the water to cool off. The beach is also available for private parties and barbeques. (Open seasonally, please check the park’s daily schedule for hours of operation.)
• Manú Encounter, an expansive walk-through aviary and replica of its namesake in Peru, is one of our genuine treasures. This unique exhibit is modeled after the clay cliffs that provide shelter to the wild populations of macaws and other animals in Manú, Peru. Our residents include dozens of colorful macaws and a troop of squirrel monkeys, all roaming freely. As one of the first exhibits of its kind, the Manú Encounter allows guests to see these animals’ natural instincts up close.
• The park is also home to dozens of macaws, cockatoos, parrots and parakeets. A Lorikeet Aviary allows guests to immerse themselves into a sea of color and hand-feed these charming birds.
• The Everglades Habitat recreates the boardwalk trails of the Florida Everglades and features the native flora and fauna prevalent in this unique environment. The area provides an educational platform on water conservation and ecological programs, as it serves as the natural bio-filtration system for the park.
• The Children’s Area features a large playground and Petting Farm, where families are welcome to feed their farmyard pals.
• The Liger: A liger is a rare hybrid animal fathered by a male lion with a female tiger. The King of our Jungle weighs over 900 pounds and stands nearly12-feet tall.
• Jake & Hanna’s Penthouse: The premiere address on Jungle Island is to the home of two of our orangutans, Jake and Hanna. These ten- and twelve-year-old orangutans are the reigning primates of the park. Orangutans are the largest tree-dwelling animals in the world and are endangered in their natural Indonesian habitat.
• Peanut & Pumpkin’s Playpen: Our twin orangutans have some nice digs to frolic in. On December 2, 2003, Jungle Island saw the first recorded birth of orangutan twins in twenty years and only the third pair known to survive in history. Their loving gestures toward their caretakers remind enchanted park guests of how much communication is possible without language.
• Hamadryas Baboons: These Egyptian beauties, Cleo and Pharaoh, boast mischievous personalities that are on display for all guests to enjoy.
• Red Kangaroos: Take a trip Down Under and meet some of our playful Australian wildlife. These youngsters will grow to be the largest of the kangaroos, with the males reaching over six-feet tall and weighing up to 200 pounds!
• South African Penguins: Our coolest residents are definitely our penguins. Hailing from South Africa, they find Miami’s climate isn’t outside of their nature. After all, of the 17 types of penguins in the world, only five are cold-weather birds. Visitors can enjoy their twice-daily feedings and trainer presentations.
Jungle Island’s three entertaining shows feature some of the wildest animals from around the globe. From the world’s most lethal bird to some of the most amazing animals you will have to see to believe.
Times: (Weekdays-12pm, 2:15pm, & 4:30pm) (Weekends-12pm, 2:15pm, & 4:55pm)
Location: Parrot Bowl
Presented in the Pepsi Parrot Bowl, Winged Wonders captivates audiences with some of the most beautiful, playful, and dangerous birds from all over the world. Enjoy some laughs from our feathered chatter boxes, catch the thrill of a huge vulture flying inches above your head, and be amazed as a six-foot tall Cassowary swallows an apple—whole. Before the show, be sure to lookout for Pinky, the iconic cockatoo who has been entertaining audiences for decades by riding his high-wire bicycle.
Tale of the Tiger
Times: (Weekdays-12:45pm & 3:25pm) (Weekends-12:45pm, 3:25pm, & 5:30pm)
Location: Jungle Theater
Tale of the Tiger is an upclose, uncaged, unbelievable interaction with the worlds rarest big cats & their human companions. This show features many rare and unique varieties of big cats, including four fantastic colors of tigers. Throughout the year, a rotating cast of big cats make appearances in the Jungle Theater from tigers to Black Panthers, Lynx to Spotted Leopards, Cougars to Ligers. And of course, there is always an assortment of cuddly cubs who are sure to bring a smile to your face. Other animals join the cast of Tale of the Tiger including Orangutans, Chimpanzees, Binturongs, Gibbons, Capuchins, Lemurs and more!
This incredible presentation of big cats is produced by T.I.G.E.R.S., The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species, an international big cat conservation educational organization. After each show, guests can purchase special, upclose photographs with tiger cubs or primates.
Dr. Wasabi’s Wild Adventures
Times: (Weekdays-11am, 1:30pm, 4pm) (Weekends-11am, 1:30p, & 4:10pm)
Dr. Wasabi’s Wild Adventures in the Serpentarium® takes an audience full of research assistants on a wild safari adventure through the animal kingdom. Guests will meet the wild wonders Dr. Wasabi has found from his world travels – from a baby alpaca to an alligator snapping turtle; baby Hamadryas baboons to African penguins.
Smile! And don’t forget to take a famous picture with one of the beautiful and colorful parrots.
Times: 11am and 3pm (Weekdays) 11am-5pm (Weekends)
Location: Manu Encounter-Lower level
Fashioned after the clay cliffs in Manu, Peru. This is an interactive experience with Squirrel Monkeys, free-flying macaws and parrots as well as other exotic animals. A brief presentation on the habits and habitats of these animals will be given by one of our Animal Care Trainers who will remain present to answer questions relating to this exhibit.
Experience the hilarious actions and reactions of Jake and Hanna, our amazing and smart orangutans. Saimang and gibbons swing into action. Upside down, right side up, left, right, top and bottom, they move with amazing agility and surprising speed. Their antics and tactics will delight and astound you. Enjoy a ten-minute presentation about our rambunctious and entertaining primates. A question-and-answer session by one of the Primate experts will follow.
Times: 11:30am and 2pm (Weekdays) 11:30am, 2pm, 3:30pm (Weekends)
Location: Kangaroo Paddock (Fee: $5 per person)
Meet and interact with the cuddly Kangaroos!
Times: Weekdays 11am to 4:30pm ; Weekends: 11am to 5:30pm
Location: Petting Barn by Children’s Playground
Pet and feed the goats, donkeys and cows. Makes for a wonderful memory and some wonderful pictures! But watch out for Otis the Llama, a crowd favority, as he’ll use his long neck to try to steal your food from the feed machines!
La Playa (Open Seasonally)
Jungle Island’s own private beach where you can relax under the sun, have a swim or enjoy a frozen cocktail, all while the kids romp on an inflatable water slide or bounce house. Miami’s only private beach in a public facility, La Playa boasts magnificent views of downtown Miami and Biscayne Bay. Stop by to stay cool and relaxed in between one of Jungle Island’s fun animal shows. La Playa is currently closed.
Everglades Habitat & Walk
Make your way across a true replica of the Florida Everglades, complete with beautiful flora and fauna from the region.
Feed the birds around the park
Many of the magnificent birds enjoy being fed by you, our guests. You’ll find them along our jungle paths with food dispensers at each location.
Interact with Trainers and Animals
As you wonder through the park, you’ll encounter the trainers who host an assortment of animals. Touch, ask questions, and make friends.
Times: See penguins after each Dr. Wasabi Wild Adventure Show
South African penguins are so adorable. See the fluffy little friends swim and waddle around their penguin pool.
A greenhouse brimming with natural plants and trees. Walk through the beauty and wonder of it all.
It’s your time to monkey around. Frolic on slides and crawl tubes.
You’ll be astonished at the size of these giant tortoises. Some males grow to 500 pounds and can live for 150 years.
Monday-Friday 10am to 5pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am to 6pm
Jungle Island is open 365 days a year. Special shows and events at this popular Miami attraction may extend Jungle Island’s hours. Upon arrival, ask the Ticket Booth or Guest Relations for any special event or show information. Jungle Island hours are subject to change without notice. Severe inclement weather may affect Jungle Island’s hours.