It isn't often that I get to travel these days, what with my grueling graduate schedule and teaching TESOL students. However, last month I got to experience one of Florida's natural treasures, the Brevard Zoo. I had previously heard about the Brevard Zoo from some coworkers, and my fiancé, who was boasting about the zoo's reputation as being of the country's best. Let's be honest, when I think of the best zoos in the Unites States, the first zoo that comes to mind is Cincinnati Zoo (I'm from Ohio), and a close second is San Diego Zoo.
I travelled with my fiance, his son, and my future mother in law to Brevard, anxiously anticipating a wonderful day with hundreds of unique species. For starters it was unbearably hot, so I knew the animals wouldn't be out much. Upon looking at the map, I was under the impression that the acreage would allow for a greater variety of species, and it did not. Trust me, looking at another gator is like looking at a squirrel. They're everything here! There was, however a beautiful cotton top Tamarin, Lion Tamarin, and a Pygmy Marmoset.
Don't get me wrong, if you have small children I'm sure they would enjoy this zoo, but for zoo connoisseurs like myself, I was less than impressed. I did save $3.00 on admission the day I went, and I'm glad, because I would have never paid the admission price otherwise.
Suffice it to say, it was at least a wonderful time spent with the family and I got a break from research.