Established in 1927, Flamingo Gardens is one of the oldest botanicals Gardens in South Florida. The 60-acre not-for-profit botanical garden contains over 3000 tropical and sub-tropical species of plants and trees and it’s Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary is home to the largest collection of Florida native wildlife in the state.
With some of the last natural jungle growth in South Florida, the Wray Botanical Collection at Flamingo Gardens includes 21 of the largest trees of their species and a unique hammock of 200 year old Live Oak trees. The Historic Wray Home has been restored and is now a museum which provides a glimpse of life in the 1930s. The Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary gives residence to permanently injured and non-releasable wildlife and is home to 83 species of Florida native birds and animals including alligators, panthers, bobcats, otters, eagles, peacocks, and of course flamingos. The half-acre Free-flight Aviary boats over 250 birds representing 45 species. In the last 20 years birds in the Aviary have produced over 2000 offspring which have been released into the wild.