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Jungle Island brings Cirque Zuma Zuma to Miami

Miami's Jungle Island has plenty to offer kids of all ages
Miami's Jungle Island has plenty to offer kids of all ages
Jungle Island

Miami’s Jungle Island one of South Florida’s more popular attractions – is presenting Africa Nights through Aug. 10. As part of a special summer promotion to coincide with the debut of the park’s newly-transformed private beach, a troop of 12 African performers from Cirque Zuma Zuma will entertain Jungle Island visitors (www.jungleisland.com).

Performances including human pyramids, Zulu dancers, pole climbers and percussionists will be e15 minutes starting at 3 p.m., and will close with a grand finale beginning at 8:15 p.m. in the Parrot Bowl at Jungle Island. Additionally, Jungle Island will adapt one of its signature animal shows - Dr. Wasabi’s Wild Adventures - to reflect the Africa Nights theme.

Jungle Island, which opened as Parrot Jungle in 1936, is located between downtown Miami and South Beach, making it easily accessible for locals as well as tourists. Guests participate in hands-on interactions with fascinating animals, watch animal shows and presentations, and also can go behind the scenes at Jungle Island with an exclusive VIP Safari Tour.

In time for Africa Nights and new Jungle Adventure summer camps, Jungle Island has re-opened its private beach to include lounge chairs, umbrellas, cabanas, food and drink service, as well as a new aqua park, Sports Park 60.

“Our private beach transformation and Africa Nights is part of an exciting evolution taking place at Jungle Island,” said John Dunlap, CEO of Iconic Attractions Group, which is the management company over Jungle Island. “In the next five years, our plan is to turn Jungle Island into a truly iconic destination with repeatable experiences centered around adventure, animals, discovery and play.”

The new beach oasis features top-of-the-line Wibit equipment, including the massive Sports Park 60, which consists of balance beams, action tower, trampoline, bridge, cliff, high jump, catapult, slide and swing. The IceTower climbing gives even the most gifted climbers a test of strength and endurance. While sports enthusiasts can try their hand at playing volleyball from a floating court. For guests’ safety, all activities will take place under the watchful eyes of certified lifeguards.

Park admission into Jungle Island includes access to Africa Nights and Parrot Cove. There is a nominal fee to use lounge chairs, umbrellas, cabanas and the water play activities. Jungle Island will limit the aqua parks to 60 people per hour.