Zoo Miami’s fun new website geared toward children, parents, educators

Zoo Miami and the Zoological Society of Florida have announced the launch of www.funzoomiami.org, a state-of-theart website created for students, parents and educators to encourage learning, promote wildlife conservation, and inspire a stronger interest in science.

www.Funzoomiami.org is a colorful, vibrant, eye-catching experience which covers the world’s geographic regions, animals, habitats, adaptation, and conservation efforts. Easy to navigate, website visitors will be engaged in the many interactive games, crafts, fun facts, etc. It also contains teacher and parent sections. A simple link transports the reader to www.zoomiami.org, Zoo Miami’s main website.

“We invite you to get closer to the animals at www.funzoomiami.org,” said Benjamin H. Pingree, Zoological Society of Florida president and CEO. “Aside from games, activities, and photos, this will be a valuable resource for many students completing projects and homework related to wildlife.”

The goals and objectives of this innovative site, which was supported in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), are to create a fun and interactive website that encourages learning for children, families, and educators; develop a platform for advancing institutional programs and partnerships by increasing outreach efforts to underserved populations; engage students in an educational environment which employs a scientific method to encourage learning; provide opportunities for students to develop necessary skills for critical thinking, problem- solving, and much more. Experts in the education field, conservation, and animal science were involved intimately in the site’s development.

One feature of the website is a pop-up survey that appears at login and logoff that affords the user the option to provide feedback. The survey results will help the zoo determine who is using the site and why; whether it is a fun and interactive learning experience; allow for input regarding satisfaction and recommendations for improvements. Once the surveys are collected and evaluated by a professional consultant, the results will be used to make necessary improvements to the website.

Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 St. General zoo admission is $15.95 per adult and $11.95 per child (3-12), plus tax. Children under 3, zoo members and parking are free. Zoo Miami’s hours are 9:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.; ticket booths close at 4 p.m.

For more information visit www.zoomiami.org.

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