Marlins Ayudan and Zoo Miami teaming up for Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade

MIAMI - Marlins Ayudan has something wild in store for children from Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade.

On Wednesday, July 11, the “Pura Vida” Ayudan team, led by Marlins Vice President & General Counsel Derek Jackson, along with Billy the Marlin, will accompany a group of 30 children from Boys & Girls Clubs’ Kendall Club on an in-depth tour of Zoo Miami. The visit will include a personal presentation by world-renowned zoology expert Ron Magill and a chance to experience Zoo Miami’s newest attraction, Playworld Playground.

Marlins Ayudan and Boys & Girls Clubs will arrive at 11 a.m. and take a Tram Tour of the 327-acres that Zoo Miami has developed into a habitat for more than 2,000 animals representing over 500 species, including more than 40 endangered species.

Following the tour, the children will be given the chance to play at Zoo Miami’s 1.5- acre Playworld Playground. The new $1 million facility, which opened in June, features a water-themed playground, Ocean Voyage, and an extensive jungle gym area, Jungle Journey.

After a half-hour lunch break at 12:30 p.m., acclaimed wildlife documentarian and photographer Ron Magill, who has been a regular guest on a dozen television programs, including The Today Show and The Late Show with David Letterman, will meet with the children and host an hour-long animal presentation. Magill, who is also a regular contributor to National Geographic Explorer, will give the children an up-close and personal look at several of Zoo Miami’s most interesting residents, and share knowledge he has gained over a 30-year career.

The final stop of the day will be Wings Down Under: A Parrot Feeding Adventure from 2-2:30 p.m., where the children will encounter and feed Australian parrots including cockatiels, parakeets, and rosellas.  This free-flight, 1,656-square-foot aviary houses over 300 brightly colored parrots native to Australia. 

Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 St. in Miami. General zoo admission is: $15.95 per adult and $11.95 per child (3-12), plus tax.  Children under two, zoo members and parking are free. Zoo Miami’s hours are 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; ticket booths close at 4 p.m.  For more information on Zoo Miami, please visit, and for more information on Marlins Ayudan and the club’s other community outreach efforts, please visit