Zoo Miami debuted its new entry plaza Friday, complete with banana-themed costumes, a visit from the Mayor of Miami-Dade and a flock of flamingos.
The $19 million, 1.5-acre Entry Plaza will be home to the flamingos, who’ve been waiting for the move in a temporary pen with burlap walls. Their new pen is before the ticket turnstiles in the zoo, so visitors will be able to see the neon pink birds for free.
Officials including Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces Dept. Director Jack Kardys, Zoo Miami’s communication director Ron Magill and Zoo Miami Foundation members launched the event with a ceremony at the zoological park and gardens, 12400 SW 152nd St. in southwest Miami-Dade County.