International Teaching Zoo, Zoology, Zoo training, animal handling training, animal learning, zoos in florida, Florida International Teaching Zoo, Bushnell, Florida

Bushnell, Florida International Teaching Zoo, Zoology, Zoo training, animal handling training, animal learning, zoos in florida,

Bushnell, Florida International Teaching Zoo, Zoology, Zoo training, animal handling training, animal learning, zoos in florida,

Florida International Teaching Zoo


The Florida International Teaching Zoo promotes public education through conservation and reproduction of endangered and rare animals. We also teach the next generation of animal caregivers. We are a 501-C-3 (SC-10577) not for profit organization.

Our zoo is a complete guided zoo keeper talk. We introduce the animals to you, explain about their status in the wild, talk about their unique adaptations, and let you know what it like to work with them. You learn about the real situations facing wildlife, and how zoos like ours have contributed to their future. The Florida International Teaching Zoo is not designed as a rescue. We don't take pet tigers. We keep animals that teach our students, and animals that contribute to their survival as a species.


Announcement: The Florida International Teaching Zoo (FITZ) due to public demand is reopening for tours on Both Saturdays and Sundays the weekend of July 24 and 25. Tours begin on the hours of 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Please request your tour by calling 866-937-1115. Walk ins are welcome. Tour groups are limited to 10-12 people. Walk ins may have to wait if the tour group is full.

FITZ's Free Flight Aviary is open. Hornbill birds, Turacos, Mandarin ducks, teal ducks, Valley Quail, Partridges and Albino peafowl are a few of the dazzling birds in FITZ's nearly 7,000 square Free Flight Aviary. As well as our exclusive Hyena Encounter, Black Jaguar Breeding Program, The Largest Patas Monkey colony in the America's and a plethora of cool endangered animals.

The Florida International Teaching Zoo (FITZ) student guided tours start on Saturday@ 2pm, 3pm & 4pm. Hyena Encounters ($35) must be pre-booked. Call the tour line at 866-937-1115 to confirm your group. We are social distancing; Masks are your choice. We do have hand washing areas.

Admission: Adults $10 Seniors/Veterans/Active Duty /First Responders $9 Kids 4-14 years $8 (Cash or check No ATM No Credit Cards)

For directions and more information visit www.floridazooschool.com. FITZ is located ½ between Floral City and Bushnell @ 7725 CR-48 West (7 miles East of I-75 @ the Bushnell Exit.)

Our Programs


Learn to be a Zoo Keeper! A one year Zoo Animal Management and Vet Assisting course, a 14 week Veterinary Assisting Program, a DVD series, and our Low Cost Pet Vaccinations serving the community for over 20 years.


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Animal Encounters


The Florida International Teaching Zoo(FITZ) is 'giddy' about our Newest Animal Encounter. And it's no laughing matter. FITZ is home to one of America's Few African Spotted Hyena pairs (The Laughing Kind).


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Zoo Tours


FITZ is open on Saturday afternoons from 2 to 5 pm. Tours begin at 2, 3 and 4 pm. Admission only $10 adults, $9 Seniors, Veterans and First Responders, $8 children 5 and up. Includes guided tour and artifact presentation.


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MEET INDIGO OUR FEMALE BLACK JAGUAR

INDIGO was born in 2013 in Montgomery, Alabama. "Zoo officials say the cubs are the first born to mom Nakita, a 4-year-old spotted jaguar, and dad Kai, an 8-year-old black jaguar."

There are only around 200 jaguars represented in zoos worldwide. The third largest cat in the world, the population of jaguars is decreasing in the wild.


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