Zoo Miami celebrates 30 years with a makeover

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  • Metrozoo is celebrating its 30th anniversary July 4, 2010, with a makeover and a new name -- Zoo Miami. The zoo has a brightly colored new entrance, which makes it easier for visitors to to find the zoo. With more than 2,400 animals, 327 acres of developed land and its own horticulture department, the feel is "more a park instead of a place to see animals,'' says goodwill embassador Ron Magill. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Children at Zoo Miami's Fiesta Plaza cool off in one of the park's water features. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Rachel Barco, 9, visiting the zoo with Valor Academy, tries to get a closer look at the Bengal tigers. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • One of Zoo Miami's Bengal tigers rests in the shade. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Visitors to Zoo Miami are advised to bring the proper accessories to beat the heat, such as an umbrella, a hat and sun glasses. Or rent a Safari cycle, in background, which is a covered bike for the whole family. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • One of Zoo Miami's orangutans rests in the shade. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Children feed giraffes at Zoo Miami's African planes exhibit. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Zoo Miami has informative signs boasting critters facts at each exhibit. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A giraffe munches on leaves at Zoo Miami. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A three-week-old female lowland nyala, left, gets a kiss from her older sister at Zoo Miami. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A Harpy eagle -- the largest eagle of the Americas -- can be seen at the Tropical American exhibit at Zoo Miami. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Meet the Keeper signs alert visitors to when zoo keepers will be on hand to feed the animals and talk about them with the public. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Ron Magill, goodwill ambassador and communications director, poses next to a life-sized image of himself with a Harpy eagle at Zoo Miami. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Gabriella Roque, left, 7, of South Miami, and her sister, Veronica, 5, right, smile for their mom Natalie as she takes their picture while they ride a camel at Zoo Miami. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • In the Australia exhibit at Zoo Miami, a koala takes his afternoon nap. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF