The Florida International Teaching Zoo has a twenty year history of educating professional zoo animal caregivers. Graduates are employed in AZA/ ZAA zoos, wildlife and higher educational institutions. Our diverse collection is designed to give students practical experience with classes of animals they will encounter in their future careers. We are known for our breeding successes with the Jaguar, African Patas monkeys, and the Nene geese, the fourth most endangered bird in North America.
Students have lab day at the zoo one day per week getting hands on experience with the zoo animals, and attend classes two nights a week. Courses covered include habitat and zoo design, nutrition, health, and public management. The students help give guided tours to the public and obtain experience in giving talks to tour groups.
Here's an idea to help the Zoo and animals and leave a lasting family legacy at the same time. Purchase a commemorative glass engraved block to be erected on site at the zoo for $125. Your Zoo contribution is tax deductible. Honor the memory of loved ones or celebrate your family!