Situated in a 50-acre forest 15 miles east of Pensacola, this zoo, formerly known as, well "The Zoo," has more than 700 exotic animals -- including tigers, lions, rhinos, and lowland gorillas -- living in landscaped habitats. Japanese gardens, a giraffe-feeding tower, and a petting farm make for a fun visit. A Safari Line train chugs through a 30-acre wildlife preserve with free-ranging herds. The 2003 birth of a Pygmy hippo and a sable antelope here garnered national attention for the zoo on the Animal Planet cable channel. Set aside 3 to 4 hours to cover the entire park. Part of the zoo family is a 110-pound, 6 1/2-foot Komodo dragon named Ivan who resides in the new Dragon World exhibit. In 2006, the zoo saw the births of a baby common waterbuck, and Honeysuckle, a precious baby spider monkey; and new in 2008, an 18-foot-tall giraffe named Colby, 3-inch-tall twin baby golden-headed lion tamarins, and a baby siamang all made their first appearances.
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