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Keepin’ it Wild!

January-March 2018

A digital publication of Zoo Miami Foundation and Zoo Miami.

OUR MISSION: To encourage an appreciation for the world’s wildlife and to help conserve it for future generations.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: - Endangered Croc Born at Zoo Miami - Animals That Mate for Life - Egg Safari is Back This Easter

Keepin’ it Wild

is a quarterly digital publication of

Zoo Miami Foundation that provides information for the friends, supporters and Members of Zoo Miami.

For more information, please contact: Zoo Miami Foundation 12400 SW 152 Street, Miami, FL 33177 (305) 255-5551 / Zoo Miami Foundation’s Mission To encourage an appreciation for the world’s wildlife and to help conserve it for future generations. Zoo Miami Foundation Board of Directors: Chairperson: Jim Kushlan, PhD. Chair-Elect: Jose C. Romano Treasurer: George Leser Secretary: Patricia Siles, CPA Past Chairperson: Ana VeigaMilton, Esq. Susan Kahn Kimberly Kalkus Frank Lopez Kathy McDonald Scott Maddox Maria I. Nardi Marc A. Osheroff Eliot Pedrosa Aliette D. Rodz, Esq. Dr. Michael Rosenberg Ana VeigaMilton, Esq. Christopher Walters

Mary Barley Dr. Jose Fransisco Barros Sandy Batchelor Jacey Birch Luis E. Boué, CPA Jose Felix Diaz Eric Eikenberg Larry Feldman, PhD Armando Fernandez Diana L. Fitzgerald, Esq. Robert Furniss-Roe Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez Michael Heithaus, PhD EMERITI DIRECTORS

David Konfino Daniel J. Licciardi Jack Lowell Manny J. Rodriguez, P.E. Edward Soto Eric J. Stephens Merrett R. Stierheim Lawrence O. Turner, Jr. Diana Udel Andrew H. Weinstein, Esq.

Rodney L. Barreto Vincent L. Berkeley Jennifer Boin Getz Roger Carlton Harlan S. Chiron, MD Ambassador Sue Cobb Linda Coll Ron Esserman William J. Gallwey, III, Esq. Robert W. Hudson, Esq. Sherrill W. Hudson Bernard Klepach President/CEO: William W. Moore Zoo Director: Carol Kruse Zoo Admission Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily Last ticket sold at 4 p.m. Editor: Rashielle Teape

Contributors: Nathalie Batista, Cindy Castelblanco, Sara Greene, Nicole Kolich, Ron Magill, Bill Moore, Andrea Obregon, Jessica Parks, Victoria Robinson, Carlos Simoes, Katy M. Wilhelm Layout & Design: Parrot Fish Studio

Photography: Ron Magill

Special thanks to Ana VeigaMilton and the Zoo Miami staff, for without these people, this publication would not be possible.

LETTER FROM THE CEO Happy New Year Zoo Miami family! We are thrilled to be looking forward at the coming year with supporters and fans like you. We ended 2017 on such a high and positive note, dazzling families with a successful Zoo Lights in December and celebrating the hatching of an endangered false gavial. Throughout the year, we had fantastic turnouts for our camps and education programs, forging valuable connections between wildlife and our future generations. Each year, Zoo Miami Foundation strives to show consistent dedication to our mission and efforts of encouraging an appreciation for wildlife and supporting Zoo Miami. This is why we are so proud to be recognized and awarded the coveted 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most-utilized independent charity evaluator. This is our third consecutive year achieving this prestigious award, verifying that our organization exceeds industry standards, adheres to best practices in our sector and executes our mission with financial efficiency. This award is truly a testament to the dedication of our staff and supporters. With 2018 ahead of us, we will continue building on this dedication. We are happy to welcome some new faces to our Board of Directors, including Mary Barley and Christopher Walters, and new Advisory Council members Alan Atkinson, Anitere Flores, Tina Furniss-Roe, Pamela Garrison, Gerald Grant, Randal Groh, Jennifer Jones, Dennis Olle and Joe Wasilewski. The New Year is already kicking off to an exciting start. Love will be in the air this February with the return of Sex and the Animals with Ron Magill, and Romance in the Glades for a unique zoo date experience. Plus, our popular Egg Safari will be back this Easter, and Feast with the Beasts is set to be better than ever! As always, thank you for your loyalty and support of Zoo Miami. We continue to have amazing years because of you.


You can help support the zoo as we continue to grow!


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Inside This Issue 4

Love for Life

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Wild Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

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Zoo Date ideas for Your Valentine

These monogamous animals like to mate for life

Egg Safari at Zoo Miami Thank You to Our Corporate Sponsors

Endangered Crocodile Hatches at Zoo Miami For the first time in 25 years, Zoo Miami celebrates a false gavial hatching


Adventures in Learning Zoo camps and wild night tours are the wildest ways to learn!




Mushroom Taco Recipe by West Kendall Baptist Hospital


ZooRun5K Race Day Recap


Custom Crate Created for Panther Transport


Quarterly Zoo Miami Foundation Donors


Fan Photos



qLove for Life q Some animals like to settle down. These Zoo animals are known to be “monogamous” in the wild, sticking together and bonding for life!

Bald Eagles Bald eagle courtship involved a lot of showy acrobats in the air, but they truly strengthen their bond through nest building. The pair usually returns to the same nest year after year.





After completing their “courtship dance”, swans are typically bonded for life, and will stick together to raise clutch after clutch of baby swans. Their consistent pairing helps them learn from their successes and failures each time!

Gibbon “couples” like to spend time grooming each other and “hanging out” together in trees! Pairs are also known to “perform” morning musical duets to stake their claim on their territories together.


This Valentine’s Day…

Show Someone You’re Wild about Them Membership for Two? Chocolate and flowers are sweet but nothing says romance like endless dates to Zoo Miami for a whole year! Treat your sweetheart or loved one to the gift of adventure. Get $14 off a Dual Membership to Zoo Miami, plus two giraffe feeding tickets when you use promo code LOVE18. Promotion is valid 2/7/18 – 2/14/18.

CLICK HERE to purchase a Membership.

Give a Lasting Love Remember the days of carving your initials into a tree? Show your commitment by engraving your love into a commemorative brick at Zoo Miami’s Florida: Mission Everglades exhibit.

CLICK HERE to purchase a brick.

Adopt a Gibbon Do you have someone you’re totally bananas for? Get your prime-mate a special Adopt a Gibbon package! Gibbons are known to be monogamous in the wild – so it’s the perfect way to say I Love You Forever!

CLICK HERE to adopt. 5

largest greenest egg hunt !

Join us for Miami’s and

Kids 12 and under can enjoy continuous egg hunts with 100,000 eco-friendly eggs made in the USA from plants that fully biodegrade. The eggs will be filled with palm-oil free and sustainable palm oil candy. Guests can also enjoy photos with the Easter bunny, music, games, prizes and seeing the Zoo animals receive their special holiday treats, too!



Saturday & Sunday

March 31 & April 1 11 AM - 4 PM Zoo Miami Members get in free, and hunt one hour earlier @ 10 AM!

12400 SW 152nd Street • Miami, Florida 33177 Just 1/2 Mile Off Florida’s Turnpike Exit 16 Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Last ticket sold at 4 p.m. Egg Safari is included with Zoo admission. 6

T hank You...

n To our corporate and foundation partners for

Thomas & Norma Jean Abraham

contributing over $100,000 to support key conservation and education programs! 7

Saturday, February 10, 2018 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. This Valentine’s Day, show your sweetheart how WILD you are about them with a truly one-of-a-kind date right in our Florida: Mission Everglades exhibit. $160 per couple; $90 per single ticket

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets. 8

Ticket includes: q Welcome cocktail q Two additional drink tickets* q Small Savory Plates q Passed Hors D’oeuvres q Animal Encounters q Special zookeeper talks discussing the mating habits of select Florida exhibit animals q Classical music provided by South Florida Music q Romantic boat ride aboard Lostman’s River “airboat” ride Last day to purchase tickets is Feb. 5, 2018 *Upgrade for an open bar available for an extra fee

Endangered Crocodile Hatches

at Zoo Miami

A false gavial, a very unique type of crocodile from Indonesia and Malaysia, has hatched at Zoo Miami! After an incubation period of 89 days, the baby hatched on September 1st and was one of two hatchlings that emerged from a clutch of 25 eggs. While the second hatching did not survive, this successful hatching is the first of this species at the zoo in over 25 years. The baby crocodile was born to 45-year-old male “Lockjaw”, who is on a breeding loan and arrived at the zoo in 2000, and a 31-year-old female “Nessi”, who returned to the zoo in 2010 after being out on a breeding loan to another institution. Not very much is known about false gavials due to their low numbers (less than 2,500) in the wild. They are considered endangered, and threatened by habitat destruction, overfishing of food sources and to a limited extent, the skin trade. 9

Adventures in Learning Ages 4 – 12 Spring Break Camp

Mini Camps

March 26 – 30, 2018 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM School’s out! Bloom this spring as we discover what we can do at home to help save the planet! Come face to face with our animals, plant native butterfly plants, do fun hands-on science experiments and much more.

8:30 AM - 5:30 PM During Teacher Planning Days, our one-day camps are both fun and educational! Jan. 15, 2018 – Global Fever Feb. 19, 2018 – Plant Power March 23, 2018 – Buggin’ Out

CLICK HERE to Register

CLICK HERE for more information. Camp scholarships available on our website! For more information, visit or contact us at 305-255-5551 or

Roars, S’mores, and Snores February 25 – 26, 2018 Pack up your camping gear and pitch a tent at Zoo Miami amidst the roars of lions! This annual tradition -- now 14 years strong! -features a special behind-the-scenes experience, a campfire with s’mores, enrichment making, and lots of fun time with your family. Breakfast and a full day of zoo admission on Sunday is included.

CLICK HERE for more information. 10 6

Campout Dates Jan. 27-28, 2018 Feb. 3-4, 2018 March 10-11, 2018

Clinic Dates:

Looking to have a Florida adventure? Thanks to the Marlins Foundation, AZA, and the Disney Conservation Fund, we are offering an outdoor adventure for only $5!

Feb. 10 & 17, 2018: Camping Clinic

Learn basic skills and safety about kayaking, snorkeling, or camping at one of our clinics or go camping at Everglades National Park where you can actually go kayaking, snorkeling, and hiking through wetlands! These trips offer an incredible glimpse into our unique environmental treasure found here in our own backyard.

Feb. 10 & 17, 2018: Kayak Clinic

CLICK HERE to Register

All you need is your family and a sense of adventure!

Join us for a Wild Night Adventure! Our evening adventures take you on a guided tour and includes unique behind-the-scenes experiences with the zoo’s nocturnal, night-loving animals.

Upcoming Dates: Jan. 13, 2018 - Everglades Escapade Feb. 10, 2018 - Amazon Trek March 10, 2018 - Eat or Be Eaten

CLICK HERE to Register

FrogWatch USA FrogWatch Season Kick-Off Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 11 AM – 3 PM Stop by our Education Classrooms to learn more about our South Florida FrogWatch Chapter and register for our training sessions! Zoo admission not included.

FrogWatch Training Sessions March 17, April 29, & May 26, 2018 8 PM – 9 PM Our one-hour training session will teach you the simple ways to monitor frogs and collect data to help conservationists! Hop on in!

CLICK HERE to Register

Want to join our pride? Check us out at,, or 305-255-5551! 11

Whole Grain High Carb Mushroom Taco

West Kendall Baptist Hospital’s Executive Chef Rod Knight

What you will need: • ½ cup cooked red quinoa • ½ cup cooked mixed grain blend • ½ cup quick pickled onions (see below) • Half of a small white onion diced • 1 avocado • 4 baby radishes sliced thinly • 2 cups mixed mushroom • 1 plantain sliced into 1 inch segments • 4 whole wheat low sodium tacos • 1 green onion thinly sliced for garnish • Cilantro (stems removed) • 4 table spoons Olive oil • ½ cup vinegar • Cumin • Red pepper flakes • Cracked black pepper


Process: Cook grains and quinoa according to package instructions. Cut the red onion in half and thinly slice. Place in a small bowl and set aside. Bring vinegar to boil in a small pan or microwave and pour onto the sliced onions. Let sit for at least 20 minutes. Using the back of a knife smash the plantains into thin disks. Head a medium-sized skillet. Once the pan is hot, apply pan release spray and place the smashed plantain into the pan. You should see the sugar in the plantain caramelize on one side, then flip and repeat. Once these are done, set them aside until assembly. Return the pan to the heat. Once the pan is hot, add a tablespoon of olive oil and the diced white onion. Sautee until caramelized, then add both the red quinoa and mixed grains. Season with cumin, black pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste. Set aside until assembly.

THANK YOU! Zoo Miami and West Kendall Baptist Hospital went wild on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2017 and hosted the fifth annual ZooRun5K and Kidz Medical Services ZooKidsDash! Thank you to our participants and to our generous sponsors:

We welcomed more than 3,300 runners and walkers to our walkways, including 103 veterans. After the race, participants enjoyed a finish line festival with food, music, games, activities and family fun.

The event raised $200,000 to benefit Zoo Miami Foundation and West Kendall Baptist Hospital!






MARCH 16, 2018


GET $60 OFF Main Event tickets (reg. price $250) using promo code EBFEAST18. Valid until 1/7/18


Custom Crate Created to Transport Sick or Injured Wild Panthers

Zoo Miami Foundation, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), and the Florida Panthers Foundation came together to present a new custom crate made to transport sick or injured wild panthers. The branded, manufactured lightweight crate was made to replace the FWC’s aging, heavy wooden crate.

This project was made possible by a $12,500 grant from the Florida Panthers Foundation’s Community Champions Program to Zoo Miami in March 2017. The grant also allowed at-risk youth students from the South Florida area to attend a customized field trip highlighting Florida panther ecology and Everglades restoration. 15

We would like to recognize and thank those who contributed to Zoo Miami Foundation between October 1 and December 15, 2017. Your generosity helps us fulfill our mission of wildlife education and conservation, and we are truly grateful for your support.* In Support of Adopt an Animal Fermin Alfonso Beverly Antunes Samantha Arch Ana Armada Frances Buhman Christian Capobianco Georgianna Copeland Melissa Ehrlich Richard R. Glass Pam Grata Aly and Jeffrey Hackman Corey Heck Elizabeth Hoover Elizabeth and Ross Kanzleiter Stephanie M. Katz Dianne Keller Jennifer and Philip Miller Martha Morton Felicia Plunkett Lauren Schreier Heidi Star and Alfredo Cabrera Cristi Stiers Jamell Walker Patricia and Ron Wasserman Gregory M. Weigand Lisa B. Wilson

In Support of the Animal Hospital Barbara and Samuel Blank Carole J. Cholasta Amelia Dameron Vanessa L. Dameron Patricia M. Eaton Judith and Richard Hayes Judy Owens Suzanne Scholz Sandra Smith

In Support of the Annual Fund


Jesenia and Daniel Aguila Amanda and Chad Douglas Nancy and Richard Frehling Marco Gamez Mary Ann Gilbert Janette R. Gonzalez Sara Greene and Carlos Lungu Kirsten Hines and Dr. James A. Kushlan Charlotte B. Leatherman Patricia A. Lewis and Patric E. Copeland Annette and Richard Melohn Sheila and Guillermo Miguel Alexis Nunez William O’Donnell Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk and Andreas Duany Christine Remmen Donna J. Rich Gary Rottger

Susanne Schneider Karen Truax Betty and Ward B. Whitten Karin Zachow and Jim Kirwan

In Support of Conservation Christine L. Bernt Marian Dahman Richard R. Glass Carol R. Green Lisa Lee Adrienne Miller Jill and William W. Moore Patricia M. Nelson Annmarie and Gerard Pasantes Mary-Keen Robinson Ronald K. Stayton Karin F. Zachow and Jim Kirwan

In Support of the Everglades Brick Program Robbi Jackson Roberto Jimenez Enrique Lopez Colleen McKeown-Goodhue Pamela Weathers

In Support of Florida: Mission Everglades Robin and Marc Osheroff

In Support of Give Miami Day

Debbie Anglade Fredrica and Ray Applebaum Mary Lee Auger Ruth and Robert Baal Susan and Timothy Bannon Diane Barrett Bryan Benoit Anne Boley Debra and Kenneth Bonnet Sheryl Borg Liz Carnot Dr. Stephanie and Francis Carter Cindy Castelblanco Serrato Barbara and C. David Chasteen Marena Costa Sylvia and Joseph Council Gabino Cuevas Jolie and Paul Cummings John A. Dalton Holly Davis and George Kovac Rusalka de la Campa and Sam Patmore Alfredo Del Rio, Jr. Therese and Rep. Jose Felix Diaz Diane Dickhut Kathleen and John Doyle Michele and Jonathan Drucker

Karla Ebenbach Victoria Fear Avis and Dr. Larry Feldman Carol Fink Michael Finnegan Veronica Flores Robin Forman Tina and Robert Furniss-Roe Allyson and Robert Gantt Dania Garcia Enrique Gaston Pauline Gillham Richard Glass Leslie Goldman Amanda Gonzalez Sandra Goodman Connie Goodman-Milone Maria and Steve Grant Theresa Grant Elizabeth Grass Sara Greene and Carlos Lungu Debora and Efrain Gutierrez Long Ha Lara Hamwey Mary Ann and Carl Hansen Robert Hatfield Sheila Hungler Beth Hutton Margarita Gutierrez and Farrokh Jhabvala Susan and Larry Kahn Kimberly and Olen Kalkus Janell Kaplan Julia Klumb Nicole and Matt Kolich Suzanne Koptur and John Palenchar JoAnne and Todd Kroesen Carol and Karl Kruse Nancy Kuckert Urmella D. Larsson Jamie Lassonde Dr. Linda Marraccini Katharine and David McDonald Eduardo Medina Jody Meek Michelle and Robert Merlin Jill and William Moore Mabel and Don Morrison Lee and Samuel Mozes Kathleen Murphy MaryLou Nadeau Fanny Navarro Roshni Neslage Andrea Obregon Anne Onufer Robin and Marc Osheroff Josephine and Paul Palmer Nilda and Eliot Pedrosa Erika Perez

Brooke Perlyn Esta and Lewis Ress Ana Rezende Patricia and Bruce Richmond Shauna Rigdon Nadia Rivas Susan and Philip Robins Victoria Robinson Diane and Dr. Michael Rosenberg Renee Schafer Lauren Schreier Maryam Sedghy Sheila and Ira Shapiro Sandra Sharp Tina Simcox Barbara Singer Tina and Wendell Smith Nancy L. Soderholm Bent Sorensen Javier Soto Ronald Stayton Claudia Steadman Judy and Merrett Stierheim Marilyn Strauss Phyllis Tamburello Helen Torres and Dr. Jose Francisco Barros Cynthia Turcios Diana Vega Ana VeigaMilton and Cecil Milton Ana and Fabian Verea Mary Vidal Shara and Richard Waas Pamela Wentworth Melissa and David Wetzel Mardan F. Zand

In Support of the Ron Magill Conservation Endowment Jackeline Abels Cheri and Bob Barrett Rochelle Beck Kathleen J. Belmonte Melissa Boyer Cindy Castelblanco Serrato David M. Cohn Nora E. Coule Joseph E. Council Kim Cummings Amanda and Chad Douglas Michael Finnegan Reinaldo Flores Richard R. Glass Adriana Gonzalez Carol R. Green William Harper Gerri Helfman Monica Hennessy Kelly Hoolihan Annette Silsby Hughes Riaud Khan Jamie Lassonde Ellen Liszewski Suzette Lopez Alexis Magill Carmen Mariscal Charmane and Cris Mead Donald and Diane Morris

Andrea Obregon Annmarie and Gerard Pasantes Gladys Peraza Susan and Philip Robins Victoria Robinson Estelle Roth Lissette Rueda Tina Simcox Ronald Stayton Dafna Steinberg Rashielle Teape Ana and Fabian Verea Shara and Richard Waas William West Melissa and David Wetzel Amy Williams Margo K. Williams Mark Zablotsky Zhiqi Zhang

Claudette and Joseph Zeigler Gloria A. Ziskal and Edward L. Price

In Support of the Shade Structure Campaign

Lummis Charitable Trust

Karen and Wray Abercrombie Sharon L. Belkin Sylvia Betancourt Maria C. Callejas Barbara and C. David Chasteen Gayle Cubberly Dania de la Vega Maria Diaz Carmen and Miguel Dominguez Lisa Edgerton Lizet Fortes Francine and Ray Francis Nina Freeman and Lou Toth Estrella and Emmanuel Garcia Gayle Gayer Dr. Julian Gee Amy Greenblatt Obdulia Gutierrez Sally and James C. Hartenstein Sandra Howard John M. Illes Thiam Kelley Todd Koudelka Lisa Lauck and Michael C. Black Jeanne Maynard Jody Meek Judith and Jerry Mitchell Vicki Nelson Stephanie and Roberto Nieves Margarita Pallares Maytee Palma Maureen L. Redmond Ethan Revsin Mary-Keen Robinson Marcia and Minervino Rodriguez Nancy and Victor Rodriguez Dessy Rotella Susanne Schneider Roslyn Schrank Ana Simony Laura Swanson Erica and Paul Toffoli Denise and Douglas Tuttle Cynthia Walker Joyce and Richard S. Wolfson

Friends of Zoo Miami

David M. Cohn Elizabeth and Anthony Morgenthau Cheri and Leonard Rosenberg

Wild Bunch Young Leaders Adriana M. Diaz Nicole and Matt Kolich Kristyn Schwartz Lizmarie and Daniel Rodriguez Edward Farrell Carly Celmer


Dr. Moses and Beatrice Goodman Fund Ida Hutzler Charitable Trust Estate of Winifred Sami

Corporate Partners

ADP Allied Integrated Marketing Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart Cricket Wireless Doral Lincoln Esserman International FPL Markus Mueller Productions, Inc. Mercantil Commercebank, N.A. MultiRace, LLC Target Walmart Wellspring Advisors LLC

Foundation Partners

The Cobb Family Foundation, Inc. Coral Gables Community Foundation Do Unto Others Trust, Inc. The Dr. M. Lee Pearce Foundation, Inc. Five Millers Family Foundation, Inc. The Helliwell Family Foundation The Wildflower Foundation, Inc. The Windhover Foundation

Government Support

Florida Department of State-Division of Cultural Affairs Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs

We are deeply grateful to our donors for their support. If your name has been accidentally omitted or listed incorrectly, please contact the Development department at 305-255-5551. 17

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Keepin' it Wild Jan - March 2018  
Keepin' it Wild Jan - March 2018  

A digital publication of Zoo Miami Foundation and Zoo Miami.