Animals for the People!

Animals are a crucial part of our ecosystem. Zoo’s all around the state of Florida are working hard to educate people about the environment and conserving endangered animals.

The Journalism X team recently explored Central Florida Zoo to see what our community is doing to help animals all around the world.

Photo: Tori Lutz

Central Florida Zoo opened its doors to the community in 1975 and is working with Zoo’s all around the country to implement the “Species Survival Plan”. This plan is in place to monitor breeding within Zoo’s and helps sustain the population of endangered plants and animals.

CFZ is educating people through “Keeper Chats” on how people can protect endangered animals. For example the Bald Eagle recently got off the endangered species list in 2007 because of federal and state laws passed to protect them.

The community can support CFZ by donating, adopting an animal, volunteering or getting an internship. Visit for more information.

Photo: Jake Cuomo

Photo: Tyler McMahel

Did you know?

Gaboon Vipers strike at 130 miles an hour.

Cheetah’s can run up to 60 miles an hour.

Ahhhh! Monsters do exist! If you get bit by a Gila Monster, a venomous lizard, the venom won’t kill you, but it will hurt very badly!

Photo: Rylee Gawlik

Photo: Tyler McMahel


Story by:

Caroline Boothe
Age 10

Alex Barron
Age 10

Mia Adatia
Age 10

Josh McDonald
Age 10