A tropical adventure awaits all who visit. One of the oldest continuously operated attractions in Florida established in 1939, Sarasota Jungle Gardens evokes memories of Florida days gone by. Full of flora, fauna and fun, yet it remains current and exciting for today's families, locals and tourists alike.
It is home to more than 150 native and exotic animals including birds of prey, different species of parrots and macaws, primates, small mammals, dozens of snakes, lizards, iguanas, alligators, crocodiles and other reptiles - many of them rescued or donated - including Florida's noted pink flamingos. All nestled within 10 acres of lush tropical landscaping connected by winding jungle trails.
Our new "Flamingo Cam," provides 24-hour viewing of the flock. The fascinating flamingos are a favorite among visitors who travel from all over the world to see the long-legged, pink-hued wading birds. The flamingos are not shy and often greet guests personally, sometimes face to face. Click on the image to the right to get a bird's eye view of our Caribbean flock in real time.
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This Florida attraction has roots that run deep. To step into Sarasota Jungle Gardens is to take a step back into time. More than 70 years back in time.
Sarasota Jungle Gardens first came into being in the early 1930s when a local newspaperman by the name of David Breed Lindsay purchased 10 acres of land just west of U.S. 41 with grand plans to develop the virgin subtropical jungle into a botanical garden. A friend and neighbor, Pearson Conrad who was the owner of an adjacent nursery, shared those same dreams and suddenly a larger plan emerged as Conrad charted streams, planned lakes and provided additional plantings from his nursery.
Importing thousands of tropical plants, trees and flowers from all over the world, hand picked because they would flourish harmoniously with native species, the Gardens gradually began to take shape. Some of our prized possessions include the rare Australian Nut Tree, a Bunya Bunya tree, the largest Norfolk Island pine in Florida, Bulrush, Strangler Figs, Royal Palms, Selloums, Banana Trees, Peruvian Apple Cactus, Staghorn Ferns and native Red Maples, Oak Trees and Bald Cypress. Read more »
Sarasota Jungle Gardens’ animal department staff is comprised of a number of educated, experienced and devoted people. Possessing a variety of specialties, our staff is very familiar with all our “residents,” be they birds, mammals or reptiles. Collectively, our personnel have over 50 years of animal-handling experience and education.
Staff members in the animal department have a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Biology and Science. They have attended such renowned schools as Johns Hopkins, Penn State and Drake universities.
At Sarasota Jungle Gardens, all of our animals are well cared for and we proudly note that we exceed the USDA and Florida Fish and Wildlife guidelines. We also have strict requirements for all animal husbandry.