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Flamingo Gardens is open Martin Luther King Day, January 17, 2022 

​​Monday thru Sunday 9:30am to 5:00pm, last entry at 4pm


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Botanical Gardens & EVERGLADES Wildlife Sanctuary

Image: Large panther looking at the viewer.
Image: Mother otter with her young.

Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary

Banner Image: Close-up of crocodile against a black background.

Josh the Bear is an easy going 600-pound Black bear, who enjoys being around people. Josh has spent his youth, since he was a bottle-fed cub, working for a wildlife education program where he made appearances at schools, birthday parties and other events until the facility lost their license in 2010. Josh has spent his 14 years in a 20 by 20 foot enclosure- far from ideal for an animal his size. Flamingo Gardens built Josh a new 8,000 sq. ft. habitat with his own pool and bear cave and brought him here to live in 2013.

A highlight of Flamingo Gardens, the lush area showcases Caribbean Flamingos amidst their naturalistic environment of tropical vegetation and sparkling waterfalls. Children will delight in feeding the Flamingos!

The Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary at Flamingo Gardens has one of the most successful otter breeding programs in the United States. Otters at Flamingo Gardens have produced over 34 offspring since the program started in 1989. These otters have been released into the wild or sent to other breeding programs at sanctuaries across the US. Come see Fast Eddie, Patches, Spanky and our newest addition, Bella, swim and play in their new habitat which opened in 2016. Read more about the new
Otter Habitat...

A highlight of the sanctuary, the naturalistic habitats are home to permanently injured big cats which could not otherwise survive in the wild. 

Among birds in the Parrot Aviary located in the Arboretum are Quaker parrots, Sun Conures, Cockatoos, Macaws, and a Toucan which have been rescued or adopted by the sanctuary.

A Rookery is a roosting, nesting, or breeding ground for seabirds. Here visitors will see storks, cranes, swans, geese and other water fowl as well as hundreds of ibis and other free flighted birds which fly in every night to roost or build nests.


Turtle and tortoise exhibits along this walkway include African Spur tortoises, Alligator Snapping turtle, Box turtles, as well as Freshwater and Softshell turtle displays.

Image: Josh the 600-pound black bear.

No visit to Flamingo Gardens is complete without viewing Florida’s native alligators. Did you know that Sonny Crocket's pet alligator "Elvis" on the television show Miami Vice was from Flamingo Gardens? The original Elvis has since passed, but the name lives on with Elvis the 3rd and Priscilla, our current large gators in residence which were seized from illegal pet trade. An additional pond features several smaller rescued alligators. 
Read more about this exciting new animal habitat.

Walk through our 25,000 square foot Everglades free-flight facility, housing one of the largest collections of wading birds in America. Here visitors can view over 250 birds representing more than 45 species native to Florida, most of whom are permanently injured and no longer able to live in the wild. The five unique ecosystems of the Florida Everglades are represented through the display of native plants; coastal prairie, mangrove swamp, cypress forest, subtropical hardwood hammock, and sawgrass prairie.

A showcase of South Florida’s Raptors in their naturalistic habitat. At the Center visitors will see a variety of owls, vultures, hawks, falcons as well as Golden and Bald eagles. These birds are either at-risk or endangered and cannot be released because of injuries sustained in the wild. Each year, about 100 chicks are born in the Aviary and Bird of Prey Center, which are raised and then released into the wild to help perpetuate their species.

Image: Single flamingo standing in pond with its neck arched to the side.