Jun 12, 2023 - Things to Do

Hand-feed flamingos or get married at this wildlife sanctuary

A man hand feeds a flamingo

My buddy feeding a flamingo. Photo: Martin Vassolo/Axios

👋 Hey, it's Martin! If you want to hand-feed flamingos, see exotic animals up close and support wildlife rehabilitation, check out Flamingo Gardens in Davie.

Driving the news: The 60-acre wildlife sanctuary, which doubles as a lush botanical garden, combines all the natural wonders of a zoo with the laid-back vibe of a roadside attraction.

  • It's a perfect place to bring out-of-town visitors, families or even a date. They also host weddings.

My experience: I saw a Florida panther, black bear, albino peacock and more.

  • During an animal demonstration, I learned that peregrine falcons punch their prey in mid-air, explaining Captain Falcon's signature move from Nintendo's Super Smash Bros.
  • And I watched in slight horror — and equal parts curiosity — as a pack of river otters feasted on an ibis they had hunted. (Did you know otters can hunt small alligators?!)

Plus, for $1 you can get some bird food and feed flamingos by hand.

The bottom line: Staff said all their animals were brought in from the wild due to injury or rescued from private collectors — and that the park releases new animals back into the wild whenever possible.

If you go: 3750 S. Flamingo Rd., open every day from 9:30am to 5pm.

  • Tickets: $22 for adults, $16 for kids.

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