Keepin' it Wild October - December 2019

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Keepin’ it Wild!

October-December 2019

A digital publication of Zoo Miami Foundation and Zoo Miami.

OUR MISSION: The Zoo Miami Foundation fosters community pride and involvement with Zoo Miami and secures financial support for the zoo.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: - Two-toed Sloth Born at Zoo Miami - Dinosaurs LIVE! Coming 2020 - Holiday Events and Deals

Keepin’ it Wild

is a quarterly digital publication of

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

LETTER FROM THE CEO Happy fall, Zoo fans! While it’s certainly true that Miami feels like summer yearround, this new season always brings cool and exciting changes and holiday celebrations to Zoo Miami. October marks the beginning of a new fiscal year for us here at Zoo Miami Foundation. It’s always a great opportunity for us to reflect on the strides we have made toward our mission, and where we have room to grow and build on our work.

For more information, please contact: Zoo Miami Foundation 12400 SW 152 Street, Miami, FL 33177 (305) 255-5551 / Zoo Miami Foundation’s Mission Zoo Miami Foundation fosters community pride and involvement with Zoo Miami and secures financial support for the zoo. Zoo Miami Foundation Board of Directors: Chair: Jose C. Romano Chair-Elect: Eric Eikenberg Treasurer: Kathy McDonald Secretary: Armando Fernandez Past Chair: Jim Kushlan, PhD. George Leser Daniel J. Licciardi Sharon MacIvor, DVM Maria I. Nardí Marc A. Osheroff Ann Pope Aliette D. Rodz, Esq. Katrina Daniel Rosen Dr. Michael Rosenberg Patricia Siles, CPA Eric J. Stephens Merrett R. Stierheim Peter “Chip” Vanderburg, Jr.

Alan Atkinson Mary Barley Dr. Jose Francisco Barros Sandy Batchelor John V. Chibbaro Jose Felix Diaz Diane Dickut Larry Feldman, PhD Diana L. Fitzgerald, Esq. Robert Furniss-Roe Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez Michael Heithaus, PhD. Kimberly Kalkus Jim Kushlan, PhD. EMERITI DIRECTORS

Sherrill W. Hudson Bernard Klepach David Konfino Jack Lowell Manny J. Rodriguez, P.E. Edward Soto Lawrence O. Turner, Jr. Diana Udel Ana VeigaMilton, Esq. 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. President/CEO: William W. Moore Zoo Director: Carol Kruse

Zoo Miami Foundation would like to extend a thank you and farewell to Board Directors Jacey Birch and Luis Boué, who both served on our Board from 2017 to 2019.

Zoo Admission Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily I Last ticket sold at 4 p.m. Editor: Rashielle Teape Contributors: Natalie Canelas, Samantha Capparelli, Cindy Castelblanco, Sarah Chapman, Patricia Fernandez, Julia Klumb, Ron Magill, Mimi Miyares, Bill Moore, Andrea Obregon, Edith Pearson, Jessica Parks, Bonnie Rionda, Jessica Rocha, Jose Romano, Carlos Simoes, and Katy 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.

As we look forward to a new year, I am particularly proud of the ways we have grown our community through our Membership programs like the Wild Bunch and Premier Memberships, strengthening our relationships with our supporters through community service efforts and unique experiences. Through partnerships with generous sponsors, relationships with our loyal members and the support of our fans, we have been able to make wonderful impacts both locally and internationally. Our Education programs continue to grow and inspire the next generation of wildlife protectors and conservationists through engaging activities and lessons. All the while, we continue to celebrate successful animal births, like the historic birth of a two-toed sloth, and bring exciting new adventures to our zoo guests. In 2020, Zoo Miami will be bringing back Dinosaurs LIVE!, presented by Metro by T Mobile. This traveling exhibit will feature many lifesized, animatronic dinosaurs throughout the zoo, inviting guests on a wild Jurassic adventure. Impressive and awe-inspiring as these life-like creatures may be, they will also serve as a reminder for us to learn from the past to save the species of tomorrow. As our planet is currently experiencing its 6th Mass Extinction, it is more important than ever to focus on our conservation mission, dedicating crucial efforts to protecting our wildlife and their habitats. Our team at Zoo Miami and Zoo Miami Foundation remain steadfast in our efforts, encouraged by the impact of our growing community and our efforts to inspire and educate. We thank each and every member of the Zoo Miami family, and look forward to the impacts we will continue to make together.


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



Inside This Issue 5

Action Indonesia Day


FIU & Zoo Miami Land Major Grant from National Science Foundation


Halloween Critters at Zoo Miami


Two-Toed Sloth Born at Zoo Miami


Adventures in Learning


Summer Baby Boom


Not-so-scary facts about these creepy crawlies

Learn more about our educational camps and night programs

Dinosaurs LIVE! Get ready to encounter life-sized animatronic dinosaurs at Zoo Miami on January 18, 2020


Building Wildlife Connections


12 Days of Wild Holiday Gifts


Big Cat Check-ups


Zoo Miami Foundation Quarterly Donors


Fiscal Year 2019 in Reflection


Notes for Members


With the support of our partners, Zoo Miami’s impact extends both locally and internationally



To learn more, visit


OCTOBER 26 & 27 10AM - 3PM


• Trick-or-treat in costumes


• Watch special performances

• Participate in costume contests • Make Halloween crafts • See our wild animals get their

Halloween goodies, and more! Visit us online at 4

y a D ia s e n o d n I n Actio Zoo Miami hosted our first-ever Action Indonesia Day on August 18, 2019, alongside over 40 zoos and organizations on 4 continents, raising awareness for the anoa, banteng, babirusa and Sumatran tiger! Action Indonesia is a Global Species Management Plan (GSMP) focused on the conservation of these underappreciated species. Zoo Miami guests participated in a scavenger hunt and fun activities to learn more about these amazing animals, and a few even got a chance to meet some of them! Thank you to all who participated and helped us raise Want to find out more about Action Indonesia or how you can help awareness for Action Indonesia Day. make a difference? Visit

ZOO MIAMI & FIU LAND NATIONAL FUNDING FOR UNDERGRAD RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES Zoo Miami, Zoo Miami Foundation and FIU have teamed up to expand conservation research opportunities for undergrad college students! The joint effort has been awarded a three-year, $378,000 Research Experiences for Undergraduate Site grant from the National Science Foundation. We are the first zoo to receive such an award! The grant will provide opportunities for FIU students and others from colleges across the US to gain experience conducting independent research in conservation biology at Zoo Miami. Ten students will be accepted each year during the summers of 2020, 2021, and 2022. The program hopes to recruit students from minority groups underrepresented in science careers and students from universities with limited exposure to research. 5


Not-so-scary fact: Bats are responsible for the pollination of over 300 species of fruit! They help to spread seeds for things like nuts, figs and even cacao – that’s right, the main ingredient in chocolate. (Imagine a Halloween without chocolate – now THAT’s a scary thought!)



Not-so-scary fact: Owls are farsighted, so they actually have trouble seeing things that are very close to their eyes.

Halloween Critters Year-round, these living symbols of Halloween can be found right here at Zoo Miami. Some may find them creepy and crawly, but the more you get to know them, the less scary they can be!





Not-so-scary fact: Unlike lots of other animals, snakes don’t have external ears to listen with. Instead, they use special bones in their jaws to pick up vibrations around them.

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Not-so-scary fact: Frogs don’t drink water like we do. Instead, they just absorb water directly through their thin and porous skin!


MARCH 13, 2020



Enjoy a premier tasting event with delectable bites, open bars, animal encounters, live entertainment, a Hookah Lounge, a special animal feeding and a silent auction with a chance to win a VIP Behind the Scenes Tour. Celebrate in style and party until midnight at our Jurassic Jungle and Feast with some of our prehistoric Beasts! FOR MORE INFORMATION, TICKETS, OR SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES VISIT WWW.FWTB.ORG OR CALL 305-255-5551. 7




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On July 16, 2019, Zoo Miami celebrated the historic birth of a two-toed sloth, the very first to be born at our zoo!


This new member of our zoo family is the first baby for three-year-old mom "Marge," who arrived to us in October 2016. The father, "Montey," is just a month older than Marge and arrived to us in October 2016 as well. This is also his first baby! At birth, the newborn sloth was estimated to weigh just under a pound. Its gender remains unknown, as it’s very difficult to determine, especially in infants. Marge and her baby have been off-exhibit, taking time to properly bond in a “maternity ward” as the zoo staff monitors the baby’s development.

Sloths are considered one of the slowest animals on Earth, moving only about six feet a minute on the ground and slightly faster in the trees. However, they are great swimmers! 9

Adventures IN LEARNING Roars, S’mores, and Snores Campout Halloween Edition! October 12 – 13, 2019 6 PM – 9:30 AM $60/ Zoo Member; $75/ non-Member

Bring your own tent and don’t miss out on this Spooktacular night at Zoo Miami! Enjoy spooky stories by the campfire, trick or treating, a special night tour, and more! A light breakfast and Zoo admission on Sunday are included.


Wild Night Adventure November 9, 2019 7 – 9 PM $24/ Zoo Member; $30/ non-Member

“Asian Odyssey” What will we find in the wilds of Asia? Clouded leopards, Asian smallclawed otters, and camels? Join us for a 2-hour guided walking tour of Zoo Miami and see our night-loving animals in action! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Our award-winning camps combine education with entertainment where your kids (ages 4 – 12) will enjoy learning about wildlife, getting an introduction to environmental conservation, and making new friends!



The holidays are the perfect time to inspire your child’s sense of wonder and adventure!

During Teacher Planning Days, our one-day camps have got you covered!



DECEMBER 23, 26 & 27, 2019 “Wild Winter Wardrobe”

October 25: “Bumps in the Night”


November 4: “Pollination Sensation”

DECEMBER 30 & 31, 2019, JANUARY 2 & 3, 2020 “Arctic Adventure”

Daily Price: Members: $40/ child; Non-Members: $50/ child Week 1 Price: Members: $108/ child; Non-Members: $135/ child Week 2 Price: Members: $144/ child; Non-Members: $180/ child


November 11: “Preventing Extinction” Price: Zoo Members: $40/ child; Non-Members: $50/ child



ONE MILLION REASONS TO SEE IT Zoo Miami will open at night for a special holiday event with one million bright, animal shaped lights and dazzling tree lights! Experience Zoo Miami like never before. Save time, buy your tickets online at


NOV 29 - DEC 29 SELECT NIGHTS 7-10PM #ZooLightsMiami

Summer Baby Boom! This past summer at Zoo Miami, we celebrated many successful births (and a special naming) in the month of July! Here are some of the new faces in Zoo Miami’s animal family.

Female Addax

Two Female Grevy’s Zebras

Female Arabian Oryx

Two Giant Elands

Sarita Female Giraffe

Baby Rhino has a name! “Sarita,” which comes from the Hindi language and means “river, princess, lady, and stream,” was voted on by our Zoo Miami fans. 13

Walk amongst life-sized, animatronic dinosaurs at this zoo-wide Jurassic adventure. Embark on this journey through time with us as we learn from the past to save the species of tomorrow.


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Reclaimed Earth, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to the conservation and repopulation of endangered species, recently teamed up with Zoo Miami Foundation (ZMF) and the Ron Magill Conservation Endowment to deliver books and gifts to school children in South Africa as part of an awareness project! Yvette Ayala, founder of Reclaimed Earth, is also a member of the Wild Bunch at ZMF and partnered with us to purchase 40 Adopt an Animal packages, each including Zoo 3D Albums generously donated by the Ron Magill Conservation Endowment. Within Reclaimed Earth’s projects, they are committed to raising awareness and harmony with the communities impacting endangered wildlife. For many of the school children they visited, the plush animals in their gift boxes were their first encounter with their native wildlife.

A Big, Special Thank You to…

The Kirk Foundation has renewed its support of our Animal Fun Factory, a unique artistic science program that engages young people in making enrichment items for Zoo Miami’s animals! From October 2019 – May 2020, the Animal Fun Factory will welcome Miami Dade public and private school K-12 students and weekend zoo visitors.

ZMF is partnering with Publix Super Markets Charities to expand our impact and take the Zoo to schools in Broward County, increasing awareness of the interrelationship of man and the environment and encourage conservation action. Our goal is to enhance school lessons by providing an opportunity to increase scientific knowledge of environmental science topics and develop critical thinking skills through first hand experiences and project-based learning. 15

ZOO MEMBERSHIP The gift that keeps on giving, all year long. The perfect way to make the whole family happy!

Buy One Zoo Miami Membership, Get another for 40% off!* Purchase at Membership Services or online using promo code JINGLE19. * Must be of equal or lesser value

12 Days of Wild Holiday Gifts! LEAVE A BIG ADVENTURE UNDER THE TREE THIS YEAR! With these BOGO holiday deals, you can cover everyone on your list. All promos are valid December 13 – 25, 2019. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more info!



Give your loved ones something everlasting.

Buy one commemorative brick on Zoo Miami’s Walkway of the Wild, and get a second one for 50% off as a keepsake for your home or garden. Commemorative bricks can be seen lining the entrance to Florida: Mission Everglades at Zoo Miami


ADOPT AN ANIMAL Symbolically adopt a Zoo Miami animal to become a Wildlife Guardian!

Buy one Keeper Package and get one digital Environmentalist Package for free. Keeper Packages include an animal plush, certificate of adoption, fun facts, and a Ron Magill autographed photo. The Environmentalist Package includes a digital certificate, fun facts and photo, all emailed to the recipient of your choice.


OCT 19


HOLIDAY CHEERS After Hours Food & Drink Experience at Zoo Lights

Sip & Stroll is back with two evenings of food, drinks and animal encounters! Celebrate in true Zootoberfest fashion in October, then come back in December to soak up some Holiday Cheer.

DEC 12



Tickets at


One of Zoo Miami’s top priorities and source of pride is the care we take to ensure that our animals are healthy and happy. In the wild, animals will often instinctively hide any health issues they may have to avoid being challenged or targeted by predators. So, preventative exams are often the only way to discover illness or disease in our animals before it reaches an advanced stage! Recently, a couple of our big cats visited the Animal Hospital for “check-ups.”

On July 15, Zoo Miami’s approximately five-yearold Florida panther, “Mahala,” was immobilized and underwent a routine physical as part of the Animal Health Department’s preventative medicine program. Mahala received a general overall body condition exam, blood and urine collection, radiographs, a dental inspection, and the insertion of an implant to aid in her reproductive health! She was found to be in excellent condition and was able to return to her habitat quickly. On July 30, our nine-year-old, 144-pound male jaguar, “Adonia,” received a general physical examination, which included blood and urine collection, x-rays, an ultrasound and an endoscopy of the digestive tract, plus an in-depth dental exam! Performing the dental exam was one of the nation’s top veterinary dentists, Dr. Jamie A. Berning, who came all the way from Ohio to donate her time to performing various dental procedures on several of our animals. Zoo Miami’s veterinary team of Dr. Gwen Myers, Dr. Jimmy Johnson, Dr. Gaby Flacke, and Dr. Marisa Bezjian, worked together with Dr. Berning overseeing Adonia’s anesthesia while they performed the other procedures. 18


NOV 16


Zoo Miami will open after-hours for a special screening of Disney’s Coco! Join us for a one-of-a-kind movie night under the stars in the Florida field. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chair and blankets! Popcorn, hotdogs and beverage will be sold onsite.




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We would like to recognize and thank those who contributed to Zoo Miami Foundation between June 21, 2019 and September 20, 2019. Your generosity helps us fulfill our mission of wildlife education and conservation, and we are truly grateful for your support.* INDIVIDUALS $10,000 + Diane Dickhut

$5,000 - $9,999 Sue Burns Piras

$2,500 - $4,999

Grace Wang, M.D. & Steven Pabalan, M.D.


$10,000 - $24,999


Baptist Health South Florida United Property Management, Inc.

$5,000 - $9,999 Florida Power & Light

$1,000 - $4,999

Susan & Thomas Abraham Lynn L. Atkinson & David E. Drucker David A. Kennedy Sharon & Daniel Licciardi Maylin & David John PrevĂŠ Mary E. Stiefel & Jason Vollmer

Assurant, Inc. AECOM Technical Services Mountain Valley Spring Water Company Planet Air Sports - Doral, LLC rbb Communications, LLC Reclaimed Earth, Inc. SOMI Dental Group, P.A. Walmart, Inc.

$500 - $999

$500 - $999

$1,000 - $2,499

Shelley B. Daniel Rutherford & Larry Rutherford

$100 - $499

Raul Arias de Para Brittnie Bassant Tara Ann Buck Naomi R. Bulger David M. Cohn, M.D. Nidia M. Cruz Andrew F. Daniluk Hilda A. Diaz Kenneth J. Duvall Stacy E. Frazier Douglass Greist Jennifer & David Harper Richard L. Holladay Mark P. Kalkus Mary Kanner, R.N. & Steven P. Kanner, M.D. Judy Loft & Joe Reid Alec Milton Noemi Miyares Nathalie Pastor Zuleica B. Perdomo Judith R. Rabkin Joyce A. Rechtien Lizmarie & Daniel Rodriguez Mary Jo & Ivan Trabal Mary & Gabriel Vidal Francia & Michael Wasek Ward B. Whitten



American Association of Zoo Keepers (South Florida Chapter) Casa Smiles Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, P.L. CreateMyTee, LLC Ocaquatics Management, Inc. SOMI Dental Group Sonrie Dental Studio, Inc. TopGolf USA Doral, LLC Total Dental Family Care West Coast University, Inc.

$100 - $499

Columbiettes - St. Louis Church Chapter, Inc. Groupon Merchant Services, LLC Kendall Learning Center, LLC Network for Good Person to Person Realty, Inc. Service Systems Associates (SSA) United Way of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey

The Kirk Foundation

$25,000 - $49,999

Cecil & Ana Milton Family Foundation

$10,000 - $24,999

The William J. & Isobel G. Clarke Foundation The Cobb Family Foundation, Inc. Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc. The Windhover Foundation, Inc.

$5,000 - $9,999

Dell Employee Engagement Fund South Florida National Parks Trust The Walt Disney Company Foundation

$1,000 - $4,999

American Express Foundation Million Dollar Round Table Foundation Westminster Barrington Foundation

$100 - $999

AmazonSmile Foundation AT&T Employee Giving/YourCause Cheesecake Factory Overton Charitable Foundation Sofia’s Hope, Inc. Wells Fargo Foundation

*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.

There are many ways to support Zoo Miami Foundation. You can make wildlife a part of your legacy by considering our planned giving options, through bequests, life insurance, charitable trusts, and more. By including the Zoo in your plans, you are helping us to continue preserving and conserving the future for wildlife and the next generation.

For more information, visit or call 305-255-5551.

Zoo Miami Foundation’s Premier Membership is an elite Donor Club that supports the annual fund, which enhances all aspects of animal care, wildlife conservation and learning experiences. Through a Premier Membership, you give an invaluable gift to yourself, your family, the community and forge an amazing, awe-inspiring connection to the species that roam within the Zoo Miami’s boundaries.



Animals! MAKE AN


Wild Bunch is a young professionals society dedicated to volunteering and assisting Zoo Miami Foundation in supporting Zoo Miami’s mission to conserve the world’s wildlife for future generations. Experience the zoo from an exclusive perspective, engage in social networking, and enjoy priority access to zoo events! The mission of Wild Bunch is to invest time, talent and resources to make a tangible impact at Zoo Miami and on the lives of its animal residents. JOIN TODAY TO PROTECT OUR TOMORROW 21

FISCAL YEAR 2019 IN REFLECTION This month marks the beginning of a new fiscal year for us at Zoo Miami Foundation (ZMF) and it is with great pride that we reflect on all that we have achieved over the last year. For five years in a row, ZMF has been awarded the prestigious 4-Star Charity Navigator Rating, and this year, we’ve also been named “Non-Profit of the Year” by the Chamber South Business Excellence Awards. Serving as acknowledgements that our organization exceeds industry standards and executes our mission with financial efficiency, these awards are a testament to the dedication of ZMF staff and volunteers.

Jose Romano Chair

On behalf of the ZMF Board of Directors, I am more confident than ever in our organization’s dedication to wildlife conservation and the growth of Zoo Miami. This year, our Board held a two-day retreat at the zoo to focus on improving our support for Zoo Miami. We set in place a three-year strategic plan for ZMF. We took on three major fundraising projects; Phase 1 of a new Animal Hospital at Zoo Miami, a new Conservation Action Center, and the addition of a nose-to-nose experience at the tiger exhibit. I am also proud to say that we approved a $200,000 donation to support sea turtle conservation efforts. These efforts will help us continue to strengthen our support and care for wildlife, both inside the zoo and out. Of course, our impact truly flourishes with the help of our supporters. From our loyal members and dedicated staff to our generous sponsors and partners, ZMF is truly fortunate to have such a committed community to count on. Every person and partner play a vital role in our mission. Thanks to many individual donors, ZMF set a record this fiscal year for Give Miami Day donations, bringing in over $70,000! Thanks to the generous support of the Gail S. Posner Trust & Sanford J. Schlesigner, Trustee, we’ve been able to totally revitalize the Australia lobe of Zoo Miami. Meanwhile, ZMF’s Learning Experiences Department continues to grow each year, implementing wonderful programming to engage our community. This year, we were thrilled that our adult volunteer numbers grew to a record-high 169 active adult volunteers! Our volunteers are truly dedicated people who help us support zoo operations and educate Zoo Miami’s guests every day. Meanwhile, we are bringing the “Zoo to You” educational outreach programs to schools and groups outside of the zoo! A big thanks to Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay and Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables for their generous donation of a dedicated Mercedes Metris van for these programs. Each year, Zoo Miami Foundation makes strides toward our mission of fostering community pride and involvement with Zoo Miami, and maximizing our impact on conservation efforts, both locally and globally. As we enter this new fiscal year, equipped with the support of our community and the dedication of our organization, I am confident in our ability to lengthen those strides. I look forward to leading our Board of Directors to play our role in the growth of Zoo Miami and ZMF’s evolution, and I cannot wait to see what we accomplish this year. Jose C. Romano Zoo Miami Foundation Chairman


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October 19, 2019 Grab a pumpkin (and your creativity) and let’s get carving! This exclusive Member family event is back this Halloween season. We’ll provide the pumpkins and carving tools for you to create the perfect jack-o-lantern to take home. Spooky, funny or sweet, it’s up to you! Plus, enjoy treats and a special animal encounter. $10 per family. Must be active Zoo Miami Members.


Stay Tuned for Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals Our biggest deals of the year are just around the corner. Stay connected with us on social media and keep an eye out for those deals in your inbox. If you changed your email address recently, make sure to keep us updated! Give us a call at 305-255-5551


2019 Pin Collection

Do you have all the Member collectible pins we’ve released so far?


Available only while supplies last.

There are still a few available at Member Services – just stop by with your Member ID! Grab ‘em now before they’re gone and keep an eye out for a new release.

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