ZOO MIAMI LAUNCHES NEW MOBILE APPLICATION & FREE WI-FI

ZOO MIAMI LAUNCHES NEW MOBILE APPLICATION & FREE WI-FI

Post Date:4/13/2012

Media Contact:
Zoological Society of Florida/Zoo Miami
Cindy Castelblanco
Office: 305-328-8811
Cell: 305-793-9813
cindyc@zsf.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
  

ZOO MIAMI LAUNCHES NEW MOBILE APPLICATION & FREE WI-FI
 
MIAMI- April 12, 2012 - Zoo Miami is pleased to announce the launch of the Zoo Miami mobile application as well as free Wi-Fi in four large areas in the zoo.  The mobile app is free to download and is available for the iPhone at the App Store and the Android platform at the Android Marketplace under the search term Zoo Miami.

The Zoo Miami mobile app features:
 
• A GPS enabled map displaying guest’s location and includes a “Near Me” button which lists the Zoo’s animal habitats, concessions, restrooms and more in proximity to the guest’s location.
• The “Calendar” button features a 90-Day Planner that allows guests to create a personalized schedule of upcoming special events.
• The application’s homepage includes useful information such as:  “Plan Your Visit”, “Daily Adventures”, “Exhibits & Attractions”, “Become a Member”, “Donate”, “Become a Volunteer” and a special tool called “Friend Finder” that allows guests to locate their friends at the Zoo.
• The “Animals” button provides guests with photos and facts about Zoo Miami animals as well as the option to “Adopt Me” which allows guests to participate in the Zoological Society of Florida’s Adopt-An-Animal program.  Some of the animals even have videos.
• The application’s “More” button provides users with helpful information about the Zoo’s social media and FAQ.

“In order to enhance the guest experience, we designed this mobile application and implemented the wireless connection,” said Zoo Miami Director of Communication Ron Magill.  “We want the application to add another dimension to our guest’s visits and we want to give them the option of remaining connected during their visit,” added Magill.

Zoo Miami is also now offering free Wi-Fi service. The initiative by the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department allows any Wi-Fi- enabled smart phone, tablet or computer user, regardless of carrier, to connect to the Wi-Fi network. Zoo Miami guests will have access for two blocks (200 feet) around each one of these areas:  Amazon & Beyond’s Village Plaza, the Children’s Zoo, Oasis Grille and around the Zoo Administrative building.

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 am – 5:30 pm; ticket booths close at 4 pm.  For more information please visit www.zoomiami.org.

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. 
                                                
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