Jungle Island Partners with American Red Cross & Miami-Dade County
(editor’s note: information & graphics via Jungle Island)
With summer fast-approaching, Jungle Island is taking charge to help reduce the number of drowning incidences by offering the park’s first-ever ‘Penguin Pals’ water safety program. In partnership with the American Red Cross and Miami-Dade County Public Schools, South Florida’s favorite landmark attraction invites children and teens ages 17 and under for informative presentations and exhibits on how to stay safe around the water and promote healthful aquatic recreation. The fun course is taught by American Red Cross certified lifeguards with help from Jungle Island’s African penguin friends, who make a splash while displaying expert swimming and diving skills.
Afterwards, participating students are welcome to enjoy Jungle Island and its many animal ambassadors or even practice their new water safety skills at the *Rainforest Riptide, an unfathomable fun floating obstacle course at Parrot Cove beach.
Saturday, June 6, 2015 | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Serpentarium and Parrot Cove at Jungle Island
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail
Miami, FL 33132
FREE student admission with each paid adult with valid coupon
*$15 for all-day Rainforest Riptide pass/$10 for annual pass holders
Every day, an average of 10 people die in the U.S. from unintentional drowning – with 20 percent of them children 14 or younger, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Florida alone, drowning is the leading cause of injury death among children ages 1-4. To help prevent drowning deaths, the American Red Cross offers a six-level Learn-to-Swim program for children over six-years-old to adults that is designed to teach basic water safety and aid of others in the event of an emergency. Classes are available throughout South Florida. To find a location near you and for registration, visit www.redcross.org.
ABOUT JUNGLE ISLAND
Jungle Island, a favorite South Florida landmark, is an intimate zoological park located in the heart of Miami, between downtown Miami and South Beach. Building upon a rich tradition that began in 1936, Jungle Island is home to some of the world’s most rare and exotic animals. Park guests enjoy engaging animal shows and informative exhibits while strolling by streams and waterfalls under a lush canopy of tropical trees. Guests can choose to participate in hands-on interactions with fascinating animals or go on guided behind-the-scenes VIP tours. Jungle Island enriches the lives of park visitors through immersive, real-life jungle experiences centered on adventure, animals, discovery and play. With its newly renovated Treetop Ballroom and picturesque outdoor spaces including a private beach, the 18-acre park also serves as Miami’s destination for extraordinary events. Discover Jungle Island today. Follow @JungleIsland on social media or visit www.jungleisland.com