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August 7, 2014

Crandon Park Zoo - Key Biscayne, Miami-Dade, Florida

Crandon Park Zoo

Key Biscayne, Miami-Dade, Florida

I’m sorry it’s been so long since my last post. I have 3 interesting places suggested by one of our readers Tatiana Reina. The first of which is the Crandon Park Zoo. Thank you Tatiana for sharing this abandon place with us, and for the great photos.

Photo credit: Tatiana Reina

The Crandon Park Zoo occupied 48 acres at the Crandon Park on Key Biscayne. It was created in 1948 when three monkeys, one goat and two black bears were purchased for $270 from a small road show/circus stranded near Miami. 

 In 1965, Hurricane Betsy put three feet of water over most of the zoo and caused the deaths of 250 animals., and efforts was made to find a better location. In 1980 the Crandon Park Zoo was moved from the park to a location south of Miami, and became the Miami Metro Zoo.

Opened: 1948
Closed and abandoned: 1980
Today: Cages and buildings can be found in the area known today as the Crandon Gardens.

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 Photo credit: Tatiana Reina          

 Photo credit: Tatiana Reina  

  Photo credit: Tatiana Reina  

  Photo credit: Tatiana Reina  

 Photo credit: Tatiana Reina  




A Look Back at Crandon Park Zoo
By Levi Meyer
(year not given)

Of Gorillas and Ghosts
By Jim W. Harper
April 2013

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