Brevard Zoo Official Birthday Weekend March 15-16

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ZOO CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY

ABOVE VIDEO: The story of how Brevard Zoo began, from founders to today.

Join the Brevard Zoo During the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Officially Opening Meerkat Hamlet

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – It is an exciting year for Brevard Zoo as it celebrates its 20th birthday.

It is an exciting year for Brevard Zoo as it celebrates its 20th birthday.

It is an exciting year for Brevard Zoo as it celebrates its 20th birthday.

In honor of this major milestone, the Zoo is expanding Expedition Africa by opening a new exhibit featuring Meerkats. These precocious and entertaining mammals represent a thoroughly different kind of animal than what is currently housed at the Zoo.

Making the exhibit even more exciting, the Meerkats will be joined in their new habitat by a Dik-Dik, a tiny antelope with a very unique nose that guests won’t soon forget. The Africa expansion will also include a brand new African Rock Python exhibit.

On March 15 and 16, the Zoo Will Celebrate Its Official Birthday Weekend

During this weekend the Zoo will open at 9 a.m. to all guests.

It is an exciting year for Brevard Zoo as it celebrates its 20th birthday. In honor of this major milestone, the Zoo is opening a new exhibit featuring meerkats on March 15. (Brevard Zoo image)

It is an exciting year for Brevard Zoo as it celebrates its 20th birthday. In honor of this major milestone, the Zoo is opening a new exhibit featuring meerkats on March 15. (Brevard Zoo image)

The first 200 guests on both days will receive delicious mini cupcakes from Merri Cakes.

Guests will also enjoy music, animal encounters, games and crafts each day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children who made Meerkat puppets at PNC Bank Brings the Zoo to You! community workshops should bring them to the Zoo to receive free admission (one Meerkat puppet is good for one child’s general Zoo admission).

Excitement will reach its peak the morning of March 15.

• At 10 a.m., Meerkat Hamlet opens with Keith Winsten, executive director of Brevard Zoo, PNC Bank, the presenting sponsor for the Meerkat Exhibit, and other major supporters, participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony. Expedition Africa will remain closed until the ceremony at 10 a.m.
• At 11 a.m., there will be a Meerkat Birthday Parade with Rob and Jonny from “The Rob and Jonny Show” acting as the Grand Marshals.

Keith Winsten

Keith Winsten

“More than 20 years ago, local citizens had an audacious dream – to build a zoo for Brevard County,” said Keith Winsten, executive director of the Zoo.

“Come help us celebrate 20 years of turning that dream into a reality. It is the Zoo’s vision to bring back the community-wide excitement and engagement that defined the original creation of Brevard Zoo so that it can harness that energy to power the next 20 years of the Zoo’s growth.”


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