A Florida Black Bear

The Florida Black Bear | Brevard Zoo

See What’s New at Brevard Zoo in Viera, Florida

Change is a good thing

For over 25 years, Brevard Zoo has been home to some of the most exotic creatures and animals this Earth has known. It’s a place where locals and visitors alike have enjoyed a day of fun, all while learning about these fascinating animals. Since opening, Brevard Zoo has grown and expanded to ensure that animals thrive, but also to bring educational programs and experiences so the love and care of animals stays a top priority.

And because of the staff’s dedication to providing excellent animal care and educating the public, Brevard Zoo was recently named one of the top 30 zoos in the U.S by the U.S. News and World Report. With over 450 known zoos in the United States alone, this is a top honor, and it is located right here on the Florida’s Space Coast. 

Florida Black Bear

With all the behind-the-scenes work that goes into providing an environment for the animals and to create new ones, a more recent addition to the zoo has been building a home for the Florida Black Bear. The new facility features pools, trees, boulders, and other elements to provide a natural habitat where the bear can not only survive, but also thrive. Though the facility can house up to three bears, only one young bear currently calls it home. Come visit and learn how to be “bear aware” and keep these majestic creatures safe.

Special Events

For an experience that brings you up close and personal to some of the zoo residents and keepers, the Animal Encounter Keeper Chat exhibit features daily shows where you can ask questions, listen, and learn all about the featured animals. 

There are other special events that have been added as well to make your day at the zoo one you won’t soon forget. From Boo at the Zoo in October and being a Wildlife Detective for the day to Youth Environmental Summits and Arctic Tuesdays in the summer, there’s plenty of activities to keep you coming back time and time again. Plus, for those homeschooling or those with unique sensory processing needs, keep checking the event schedule as events geared towards these audiences are added throughout the year. 

Renovations and Updates

With all of the new exhibits and special events taking place, what more could the Brevard Zoo be up to in order add to this growing zoo? The Brevard Zoo “La Selva” area is currently undergoing a complete overhaul and transformation. An expected re-opening in the fall of 2019, La Selva will take you on an adventure where you will experience the Rainforest like never before. Using the latest science from animal care facilities and in the wild, Rainforest Revealed will transform your encounter here at the Brevard Zoo.

Adventure for Everyone

Even without these new additions to the zoo, each visitor will get the cherished age-old experience of getting to view animals in a fun and safe way. Choose from many other adventures like giraffe, lorikeet, or cockatiel feedings. Plus, kayak tours, lemur encounters, or simply splashing in the play lagoon. Don’t forget there are other ways to have fun like Treetop Trek, where you can get a birds-eye view of the zoo while working on your agility and team building skills. 

So as you plan your next adventure or getaway here on the Space Coast, consider adding the Brevard Zoo to your schedule. It’s a sure way to make memories all while learning and having fun. Check out the Vacation Planner for all things Space Coast to help you discover places to stay and other things to do. Or click on the links below for more on what all the Space Coast has to offer.


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