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Orlando’s best-known animal attractions may come in the form of SeaWorld and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, but these are far from the only places where you can experience breathtaking wildlife. If you want to experience some great animals at a fraction of what a theme park ticket will cost, head to the Central Florida Zoo for an unforgettable experience.

1. You can feed the giraffes

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At Animal Kingdom, you may get up close and personal with a giraffe if you’re lucky, but that only happens on the rare occasion when one is feeling friendly toward the safari trucks. At the Central Florida Zoo, you’ll have a much easier time connecting with these beauties. Every day from 10:00am to 3:00pm, you can feed the giraffes for just $5.00 per person.

2. The reptile collection is superb

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The reptile collection at the Central Florida Zoo includes approximately 6,000 different species, making it the largest collection of venomous snakes and non-venomous reptiles in the Southeast. The Herpetarium houses snakes, frogs, and lizards in an impressive collection that’s much bigger than anything else you’ll find in the area.

3. You can pet animals in the barnyard

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If the giraffe feedings didn’t give you enough face time with live animals, head to the Barnyard Buddies Children’s Zoo. Here you’ll find pygmy and boer goats, llamas, alpacas, and more. Feedings begin at 11:00am and continue while the food lasts. Show up as early as you can for the best experience.

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