Visitor Stories

Here's what some of our Guests have to say!

Otters photo"Dawn, I cannot thank you and the staff enough for the fun, exciting and educational experience you provided during summer camp! Corban came home every day with new knowledge! He loves animals ( I think I mentioned he knows the zoo like the back of his hand!) and this camp was absolutely perfect for him! He will Definitely be back next summer and if there are camps during school holidays you can expect to see him there too!   Wishing you continued success!"   ~Mark & Aldania Harvey

Pygmy Goat photo“Seventeen years ago today I had the most important interview that I will ever have: My Teen Team interview at the Central Florida Zoo. It’s the place where I discovered my love for teaching, learned about accountability, and developed pride and self esteem. I have been blessed with incredible experiences and bonds with amazing animals, as well as a second family that I love more than they will ever know. Thank you Mom and Dad for driving me there nearly every Saturday for over four years until I got my license, and for encouraging me to pursue this love. You’re simply amazing parents. And thank you Terri Beigel Clark for seeing something in a shy, frizzy haired little girl and giving me a chance to succeed. My life is forever changed because of you.”  ~Angela Ingrassia, Zoo Docent 

Pig photo"My father retired to Central Florida in 1960. When he found out that there was a zoo in Sanford, he took us to see these exotic animals and we were thrilled. We followed the Zoo when it moved to its present location and have never been disappointed. I moved away but always brought my children to the Zoo whenever we would visit my parents. Now I've moved "back home" and bring my grandchildren to the Zoo. My thrill these days is being a volunteer and supporter at the Zoo. /love bringing animals to schools and fairs to encourage wildlife appreciation, and I especially love interacting with the guests at the Zoo when I bring out exciting animals for them to see. I'll continue enjoying and supporting the Zoo for the next 50 years!''   ~Susan Murray 

Rhinos photo"Just wanted to share; today we saw the “Venom” show, my daughter and her friend loved it. The host Meghan gave awesome information, and kept everyone entertained. When we got home, the girls wanted to put on their own snake show! Thank you so much for being such an awesome zoo!  We love visiting." ~Sydney Lendian-MacDonald

Spot nose Guinion photo“My family and I have been coming to the zoo for the past 12 years.  Over the past decade I’ve found myself becoming more and more interested in the different plants you have around the zoo.  Thanks for your time, and effort in making the zoo look as good as it does.  We lived in Atlanta, Georgia for a few years and have been to many “big city zoos” but find the CFZ our favorite out of all of them.”  ~Theo Aftonomos and family