About Orlando Zoo

Brief History

We are committed to sharing our knowledge, engaging visitors, and celebrating our natural world.First established as the Sanford Zoo in 1923 with a collection of donated animals held by the Sanford Fire Department. In 1941, the zoo was relocated to new facilities in downtown Sanford, on the site of the present City Hall.

The Zoo of today, opened its doors at its present site on July 4, 1975 and it continues to grow as Orange County's premier recreational and educational attraction.

Staff and Programs

Applied Animal Ecology

The Applied Animal Ecology Division focuses on large-scale conservation programs that assist in the recovery of endangered and threatened populations. They apply scientifically acquired behavioral and ecological knowledge to solve conservation problems.

Applied Plant Ecology

The focus of the Applied Plant Ecology Division is on sustainability and restoration of native ecosystems, seed science, habitat monitoring and management, plant-animal interactions, and recovery programs for rare and endangered plant species. 

Behavioral Biology

The Behavioral Biology Division documents factors responsible for variation in reproductive success among animals. They incorporate a multidisciplinary perspective designed to contribute to improved management and conservation of animals and their habitats.

Reproductive Physiology

The Reproductive Physiology Division applies innovative science and technology to the conservation of genetic diversity through enhanced reproduction of endangered species. Four major areas of investigation support this mission.

Wildlife Disease Laboratories

The Wildlife Disease Laboratories are the diagnostic specialty group for the San Diego Zoo. Their goal is to help ensure the health and well being of captive and wild populations through multidisciplinary disease investigations and innovative studies.




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Enjoy may benefits that Orlando Zoo offers. You can be a part of us and do fun stuff such as feeding the animals, behind the scenes tours, guided safaris and much more!

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