Jungle Island

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One of the many places I had the opportunity to visit while I was in Miami was Jungle Island. To be honest I had never heard of such a place but was excited all the same. When I entered through the gates I was greeted instantly by these magnificent macaws. Jungle Island has dozens of these birds designated throughout park.

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One the many park highlights include “The Tale of the Tiger.” This show features tigers, a lion, a skunk, a baby gibbon and much more. What I really enjoyed about this show was how much they stressed conservation. I also enjoyed watching the audience and how they were more receptive and caring towards tiger conservation after seeing a real tiger up-close and personal.

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Of course my favorite animal I visited at Jungle Island hands-down had to be their Albino Alligator. I have never seen one in person so I was ecstatic to see one in the flesh. You can tell an albino from a “white or leucistic” alligator from the color of their eyes. Albino’s have pink eyes white’s have dark blue or black eyes.

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Jungle Island is the only place in the world where you can see a trained Cassowary. These large birds are native to Australia and kill more people than crocodiles! They have a mean kick and can use their “helemet” to ram any potentail predators. How amazing!!!

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Look how big this Aldabra Tortoise is! Jungle Island is home to three of these ancient reptiles who can live to be over 100 years old!

Visiting Jungle Island was a great experience. I really enjoyed their collection of birds and reptiles. I also enjoyed their tropical plants and flowers that surrounded the whole park.