Brevard Zoo turns to MRI for black bear Brody, hoping to solve neurological issue
Caretakers at the Brevard Zoo are determined to get to the bottom of the health issues for a Florida black bear cub discovered in the Ocala National Forest a little more than a year ago using the latest technology to make sure he has the best life possible.
What to do if you find baby sea turtles washed ashore because of tropical weather
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Due to the rough seas created by Tropical Storm Eta along Florida’s coast, newly hatched baby sea turtles are being washed up along the shore in Brevard County, according to the Sea Turtle Preservation Society. “STPS is seeing an influx of post-hatchling, or washback, sea turtles on our beaches. Sea turtles are protected by law, and it is illegal to touch one of any size. STPS discourages the public from going out to look for these post-hatchling sea turtles. The nonprofit said storms, waves and wind can disrupt the Sargasso Sea, where new hatchlings swim to every summer and live in the floating seaweed beds, causing the baby sea turtles to wash ashore with the seaweed.
Baby spider monkey flown from Texas to Melbourne to join new Brevard Zoo primate family
Nestled inside a blue-and-black animal crate, a baby spider monkey rescued from a suspected smuggler has flown from Dallas to Melbourne to — hopefully — start a new chapter with a foster family at Brevard Zoo. Florida Tech pilots Shayne Inniss and Zachary St. Amand made refueling stops in Baton Rouge and Panama City en route to Orlando Melbourne International Airport. The spider monkey — whose favorite food is grapes — was promptly whisked into a Toyota Sienna van for transport to Brevard Zoo in Viera. Brevard Zoo’s new spider monkey complex was constructed as part of the $4.4 million Rainforest Revealed expansion project. “It’s important for us to spread the word about how impactful the illegal animal trade is on endangered species, like spider monkeys,” Proctor said.
Spider monkey smuggled into US to live at Brevard Zoo
MELBOURNE, Fla. – A tiny spider monkey that was confiscated by customs agents at the Mexico-Texas border in June will soon be housed at the Brevard Zoo. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said a 23-year-old Texas man tried to smuggle the monkey into the United States by hiding the animal in the center console of his 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck. “Finding this monkey is certainly unusual but not a first for our officers at Hidalgo,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. This spider monkey will be coming to the Brevard Zoo on Friday, and officials are hopeful the little guy will be able to fit in with the monkey troop at the zoo since he cannot go back into the wild. The monkey is currently in quarantine at the Dallas Zoo.
Brevard Zoo to offer free admission for children in September
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. Brevard Zoo isnt letting go of summer yet. Its offering free admission for children throughout the month of September. This offer is for children ages 11 or younger when accompanied by a paying adult. [RELATED: Brevard Zoo to reopen with new guidelines amid coronavirus concerns]Families looking to take advantage of the offer will need to reserve time-entry tickets in advance. The zoo reopened in May with several changes to ensure the safety of animals, guests and staff.
Brevard Zoo to release rehabilitated sea turtle
MELBOURNE, Fla. – After a stay at the Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center, a juvenile green sea turtle named Kona will be returned to the ocean at Bonsteel Park in Melbourne Beach on Tuesday. Kona will make his way back to the big old blue at 4 p.m. through a partnership with the Barrier Island Center. Kona arrived at the healing center April 7. Kona also had trouble staying underwater and was treated with medication, fluids and nutritious food by zoo staff and volunteers. You can read more about Kona's journey by clicking or tapping here.
'Night zipping' coming to Treetop Trek at Brevard Zoo
MELBOURNE, Fla. – Brevard Zoo is ringing in the new year with a new nighttime zip lining experience at Treetop Trek. The "night zipping" experience will be on Treetop Trek's "Zip Only" course, which features nine zip lines over the zoo's wetlands habitat. "Wild animals like owls, bobcats and unusual insects are commonly heard and sometimes seen," the zoo said in a news release. "Guests will also have the chance to experience Treetop Trek’s new continuous belay system, which eliminates the need to clip in and out before and after each zip line." Private zip tours will be available on demand Fridays and Saturdays through March when no public tours are available.