MIAMI -- Parrot Jungle Island is celebrating the one-year
anniversary of its reopening with a weekend event hosted by
wildlife filmmaker Nigel Marven.
The "Bash on the Bay" is scheduled for the weekend of June 26
and 27, a year after the park reopened in a new location on Watson
Island between downtown Miami and Miami Beach on the MacArthur
The special lineup of entertainment includes shows starring
Marven, whose films have been featured on BBC, Animal Planet and
the Discovery Channel. Marven will sign autographs, conduct photo
sessions and cut the One-Year Bird Day Cake. Also appearing at the
festivities will be Arnold from the Nickelodeon's "Hey Arnold."
The park's regular features include a variety of nature displays
and new animals such as Bengal tigers, orangutans, Malaysian bear
cats, Arctic wolves, Komodo dragons, snapping alligator turtles and
"Crocosaurus," the largest captive crocodile in North America -- he
measures nearly 20 feet in length and weighs more than 2,000
pounds. Parrot Jungle Island management said new exhibits and
events will be added every week during the summer.
As a special promotional offer, the park said visitors can
upgrade their one-day passes, beginning June 21, to the
"Summer-long Bird Day Bash" pass for $5 more than the one-day
price. The pass allows return admission through Sept. 22. A one-day
pass is priced at $18.95 for children 10 and under and $23.95 for
adults. Children under 3 are permitted for free.
Parrot Jungle Island is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For
more information, visit www.parrotjungle.com or call (305)
To help celebrate the anniversary, the three South Beach Coral
Collection hotels -- the Blue Moon, the Essex House and the
Winterhaven -- are offering a two-night package that includes two
one-day passes to Parrot Jungle Island with deluxe room
accommodations for $257 per room, double. See www.coralcollection.com for details.
To contact reporter David Cogswell, send e-mail to [email protected].