Zoo Miami

When you're building a zoo disaster plan, there's one thing to keep in mind: Murphy's law. Anything that could go wrong, will.

Just ask the flock of flamingos that weathered Hurricane Andrew in a public restroom at Zoo Miami in 1992.

Or, you could ask the zoo personnel across the coast who've been running emergency drills since the start of hurricane season.

Ron Magill

Zoo Miami's mediagenic spokesman, Ron Magill, is a celebrity in Latin America thanks to his appearances on Spanish-language TV. But Magill had no idea he was famous in Cuba – until he finally visited the island last month. 

Communist Cuba is still a controversial subject in Miami. And because he’s such a high-profile Miami-Dade County employee, Magill had been hesitant to go there. But like so many Cuban-Americans, Magill resolved to see where his late Cuban father was from when President Obama announced last December the U.S. and Cuba were normalizing relations.

Zoo Miami Hosts Exotic Pet Amnesty Day

Mar 4, 2015
Lisann Ramos

This coming Saturday, March 7, is Exotic Pet Amnesty Day at Zoo Miami. There you can give up your exotic pet for adoption or adopt one if you have the proper permits.

On that day, owners turn their exotic pets over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The goal is to provide owners with a place to send their pets once they can no longer take care of them.

Ashley Taylor is the exotic pet amnesty coordinator with the commission.  

Why Zoo Miami Kept Donors Of Millions Secret

Aug 21, 2014
Miami Herald

Zoo Miami Communications Director Ron Magill is an expert in animal behavior. But it was the behavior of two humans that has had a profound effect on his life.

A husband and wife, seemingly of average means, were drawn to help rebuild the facility after it was nearly obliterated by Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

The husband came up to Magill after a speech he gave in Coral Gables about the destruction left by the storm.

Iconic White Tiger At Zoo Miami Is Euthanized

Sep 17, 2013
Zoo Miami

After a nearly 20-year career as part of a landmark exhibit at Zoo Miami, the white Bengal tiger known as “Carlita” was euthanized on Monday, the zoo announced.

Carlita was born in July 1992 and was transferred to Zoo Miami, where she began her career as part of the Tiger Temple exhibit in February 1994. She was paired with two other typically-colored Bengal tigers, Lyric and Roshe, and her color — or lack of it — helped her stand out and added to her popularity among zoo visitors, said zoo spokesman Ron Magill.

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For the second time in less than five years, Miami-Dade County is looking to take its zoo to the next level - assuming the next level is possibly a Main Street USA theme park.

The Miami Herald reports that the county invited developers to propose plans for the vacant land surrounding Zoo Miami. "Basically," writes the Herald,"an open-ended plea for bright ideas, conceptual schemes and - this is key - private financing," 

Zoo Miami Welcomes Two New South African Cheetahs

Nov 29, 2012
Zoo Miami

American Airlines flew in two South African cheetahs to Miami this afternoon. The cheetah brothers did quite a lot of traveling this morning: from South Africa to JFK in New York, and finally to Miami International Airport. The brothers will be reunited at Zoo Miami after being unloaded and released from their crates into a quarantined area.