The Zoo and Nature Center
LENGTH: Take your time.
LOCATION: The Zoo & Nature Center is located adjacent to the Peacock Café near the main parking area.
TIMES: The Zoo & Nature Center is open daily during regular garden hours.
COST: The cost of the Zoo & Nature Center is included with the basic admission ticket price.
Zoo & Nature Center offers visitors a chance to interact
with a variety of animals. Domestic species representative
of plantation life and creatures native to the area are more
than happy to be met, pet and fed (especially fed!). The
Zoo & Nature Center offers a unique opportunity for visitors
to encounter white-tailed deer! Exhibits featuring
indigenous species, including the gray fox, beaver, bobcat
and birds of prey, give visitors a chance to view animals
that typically are not easily seen in the wild. The Zoo &
Nature Center also features a reptile house, allowing guests
to safely encounter some of the state's native lizards,
turtles and snakes, including venomous species!
What is the
difference between an alligator and a crocodile? Why do
snakes stick their tongues in and out? Will touching a toad
give you warts? Questions like these and others will be
answered in the wildlife program. This entertaining and
educational program focuses on the characteristics,
adaptations, behaviors and life cycles of animals, and gives
visitors the opportunity to meet some of them up-close and
personal. Programs are presented in the zoo's Alligator
Amphitheatre. Programs are offered on weekends (weather
permitting) and can also be scheduled for field trips and