Zoo Miami had its origins in Crandon Park’s botanical garden. The County purchased several animals in 1948, which started the Crandon Zoo. By 1965, Crandon Zoo had grown into one of the major zoos in the country, with over 1,000 animals and about 380 species. Learn more about Crandon Park’s Zoo History
The Zoo was moved from Key Biscayne around 1980 to a different location in Miami and the place in Crandon Park was left abandoned for some years. Later the Gardens of Crandon Park Foundation formed to turn the Gardens into what they now are.