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You’ll have a chance to “meet the keeper” after each show where you’ll have the opportunity to pet, hold or snap a photo with the famous stars of the show. Visitors can enjoy lunch at the Flamingo Café and complete the day browsing through the air-conditioned gift shop. Sarasota Jungle Gardens Marketing Director Nancy Lavick said more exhibits are currently in the process of being added. “We are always getting new animals and now we offer private tours. We’re also going to be expanding in local schools by offering explorer programs for students,” Lavick said. Jeannine Gray has worked at Jungle Gardens for 28 years. She was telling a group of people in the gift shop about an 80-year-old bird at the gardens who once appeared on the Ed Sullivan show. “I’ve worked here so long –I am kind of a landmark here,” she said. Group admission rates are available. They also offer a summer “Jungle” camp for kids ages six through 13, where little explorers can go behind the scenes and learn to care for birds, plants and other animals. The weekly camp is available through August 5, 2016. Annual events include an egg hunt and Easter Bunny visit on Good Friday; a Salute to Veterans on Memorial and Veteran’s Day (active service members receive a complimentary admission) and a Holiday Lights Spectacular in December. The park is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Christmas and Thanksgiving and is located at 3701 Bay Shore Road in Sarasota. For more information visit sarasotajunglegardens.com. 65


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