- I explored the ruins of a zoo that was abandoned after hurricanes ravaged the area.
- Nature has taken over the Crandon Park Zoo grounds since it was abandoned, and wildlife like alligators thrive there now.
- Some eerie, abandoned cage structures from the zoo remain, and I got a look inside.
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Welcome to Crandon Park Zoo, a corner of a South Florida beach where animals were once confined, The Miami Herald reported. Now, it's overrun with wildlife and nature.
The zoo was open from 1948 until 1980, when animals were moved to a larger area after hurricanes drowned some of them, according to the same source.
In 1991, the zoo ruins reopened as gardens with the goal "not to destroy everything," county planner Kevin Asher told The Miami Herald.
I visited the park in October to see what remained of the abandoned zoo, and I found a natural wildlife sanctuary. The entrance had a sign warning visitors that crocodiles reside there.
According to Atlas Obscura, the ruins are also home to wild alligators, iguanas, and peacocks.
Source: Atlas Obscura