Zoo Miami will open the Conservation Action Center (CAC), presented by the Marc and Robin Osheroff Family, from January 16 to 17. The center is an immersive, interactive exhibition that introduces guests to local and global conservation stories.
Visitors will participate in a host of wildlife conservation experiences, from learning what they have in common with a polar bear to crawling through a larger-than-life python to learn about the impacts of invasive species and exploring shared habitats to see how everyday actions at home impact the ecosystem. The Conservation Action Center tells powerful and personal stories of animals and people alike and will help guests discover the connections to conservation.
More than five years in the making, the Conservation Action Center transforms the former Dr. Wilde’s World building at the heart of Zoo Miami into an interactive exhibit. The CAC is the public face of the zoo’s research and conservation efforts and allows guests to explore and learn about conservation’s impacts on us all.
As visitors wind through the exhibit areas, they will be introduced to wildlife and nature conservation issues in Florida and around the world through compelling storytelling and play. Many of the stories feature the work of Zoo Miami’s own zookeepers, medical staff, and researchers.
“The Conservation Action Center aims to make human kindness much more common by sharing stories of caring actions, engaging people in thoughtful activities, and inspiring them to take conservation actions that will effect change for generations to come,” said Carol Kruse, Zoo Miami Director.
Primary funding for the project came from several donors and sponsors, including Marc and Robin Osheroff, who donated a matching gift of $500,000. The State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs contributed $412,000 to the project. Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) and its charitable arm NextEra Energy Foundation contributed $300,000, inspired by FPL’s history in helping the threatened American crocodile, which is featured in the exhibit. The Zoo also acknowledges the Romano Family Foundation for a $75,000 gift that funded the Florida Natives exhibit.
“Zoo Miami Foundation is grateful to the Osheroff family, the State of Florida, FPL, and the Romano family for their generosity, partnership, and alignment in our local and global conservation efforts,” said Bill Moore, Zoo Miami Foundation president and CEO. “Together, we understand the importance of taking care of our planet and protecting it.”