Birds of a Feather . . .
On a trip to Miami’s Jungle Island today I did get to practice some shots of beautiful parrots along with other types of birds and wildlife. The experience as a destination, however, was a big disappointment. I would only suggest if for children under 5. Signage and directional maps could be improved and we did not find the property well-maintained. Getting into the cafeteria was complex (we had to leave and re-enter) and the food selection was the typical fare of burgers, hot dogs, chicken tenders and pizza. The Wild Encounter show was about 12 minutes long and that included a pitch for a $59 photo with a baby white tiger. Even though they pitched it under the auspices of saving endangered species, it still rankled. Worst of all was the big cats in small enclosures (so sad), I expected better . . .
Small children would enjoy the petting opportunities and close-ups with the birds and smaller animals. If you live in South Florida, a season’s pass is the way to go, otherwise it is very expensive for a limited experience. We have such fond memories of their earlier Parrot Jungle, originally in Pinecrest (and now the site of Pinecrest Gardens). It pains me to write this because I know they have struggled and some of their breeding programs are very worthwhile. I would like to see them improve and survive.