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Located between downtown and the airport, this environmentally sensitive zoo has become one of the Southeast's best. While the zoo's Wild Florida area presents local wildlife -- including black bears, red wolves, Florida panthers, reptiles, birds, and alligators -- the main exhibits feature an extensive and growing collection of lions, rhinos, elephants, antelopes, cheetahs, western lowland gorillas, and other African wildlife. You'll enter the 120-acre park through an authentic thatched roof built in 1995 by 24 Zulu craftsmen. Whether you go on foot or by train, allow at least 3 hours to tour this vast zoo. When you arrive, ask about current animal shows and special events. Strollers and wheelchairs are available for rent. The Range of the Jaguar exhibit focuses on a neotropical rainforest setting that can be found in Central or South America. Although this attraction spotlights the jaguar, you will also see other animals, such as golden lion tamarins, tapirs, capybaras, giant river otters, anteaters, and a variety of bird, amphibian, fish, and reptile species, including the anaconda. New to the zoo is the Asian Bamboo, host to 111 plant species and varieties and 29 species and varieties of bamboo. The tallest bamboo in the garden includes the Parker's Hawaiian Giant, which can grow to 70-plus feet. Kids will especially love the 2 1/2-acre, $6.7-million Kids' Zone with mazes, a splash ground, a treehouse, and a rock-climbing area. For a great overview of the zoo, take the train, which costs $4 for adults and $2 for children 3 to 12. Combo tickets are also available. In September 2010, a rare Amur leopard cub was born -- in the wild, there are only 44 of these animals.