The lush 44-acre zoo got its start as a botanical garden in 1919 and has since drawn visitors curious to see lions, tigers, bears, leopards, gazelles—and a wildly popular giraffe herd added in 2011. For an extra fee you can feed the gentle, eyelash-batting giants or, in the winter season only, ride aboard dromedary camels. Other exhibits include the cult-favorite honey badgers (only four U.S. zoos have them), whose innocuous-sounding name belies their ferocious ways; a "Snakes Live" show; a pair of endangered Madagascar fossas; a giant ant eater in the South American exhibit; and the "Primate Expedition Cruise" that sails past islands populated with monkeys and lemurs. Youngsters can amuse themselves in three play zones, and there are daily meet-the-keeper times, alligator feedings, and live animal shows. New exhibits added in 2015 include an endangered Florida panther and a 19-foot reticulated python. Purchase tickets online for a $3 discount per ticket.