Zoo Miami and the Zoological Society of Florida launch FunZooMiami.org

Zoo Miami and the Zoological Society of Florida launch FunZooMiami.org

Post Date:2/26/2013

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Zoo Miami and the Zoological Society of Florida launch FunZooMiami.org

This fun new website, geared toward children ages 9-14, parents, and educators, encourages wildlife conservation and inspires interest in science

Miami, FL (February 22, 2013) - Zoo Miami and the Zoological Society of Florida are proud to announce the launch of www.funzoomiami.org, a state-of-the-art website created for students, parents, and educators, to encourage learning, promote wildlife conservation, and to inspire a stronger interest in science. 

www.Funzoomiami.org is a colorful, vibrant, eye-catching experience which covers the world’s geographic regions, animals, habitats, adaptation, and conservation efforts.  Easy to navigate, website visitors will be engaged in the many interactive games, crafts, fun facts, etc.   It also contains teacher and parent sections.  A simple link also transports the reader to www.zoomiami.org, Zoo Miami’s main website.

“We invite you to get closer to the animals at www.funzoomiami.org.  Aside from games, activities, and photos, this will be a valuable resource for many students completing projects and homework related to wildlife,” said Benjamin H. Pingree, Zoological Society of Florida President & CEO.

The goals and objectives of this innovative site, which was supported in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), are to create a fun and interactive website that encourages learning for children, families, and educators; develop a platform for advancing institutional programs and partnerships by increasing outreach efforts to underserved populations; engage students in an educational environment which employs a scientific method to encourage learning; provide opportunities for students to develop necessary skills for critical thinking, problem-solving; and much more.   Experts in the education field, conservation, and animal science were intimately involved in the site’s development.

One feature of the website is a pop-up survey that appears at login and logoff that affords the user the option to provide feedback.   The survey results will help the Zoo determine who is using the site and why; whether it is a fun and interactive learning experience; allow for input regarding satisfaction and recommendations for improvements.  Once the surveys are collected and evaluated by a professional consultant, the results will be used to make necessary improvements to the website.

About Zoo Miami
Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 Street, Miami, FL 33177. General zoo admission is $15.95 per adult and $11.95 per child (3-12), plus tax.  Children under two, zoo members and parking are free. Zoo Miami’s hours are 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; ticket booths close at 4 p.m.  For more information please visit www.zoomiami.org.

About the Zoological Society of Florida
The Zoological Society of Florida is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that supports Zoo Miami through education, conservation and outreach programs; marketing and public relations; volunteer services and financial support for the construction of new exhibits.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Their mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Their grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov.


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