Zoo Miami monorail shut down over parts

The monorail at Zoo Miami has been decommissioned and the tracks will be taken down.
The monorail at Zoo Miami has been decommissioned and the tracks will be taken down.
Zoo Miami

The monorail at Zoo Miami is being permanently taken out of service and its tracks will be removed this year, according to an announcement from the attraction.

Since 1982, two years after the zoo opened, the Zoofari monorail gave visitors a bird’s eye view of the park and the animals. And on hot summer days, the air-conditioned trains, running along a two-mile steel track, were a respite.

But the monorail manufacturer has gone out of business and spare parts have been harder to come by. That left the zoo little choice but to shut down the system, spokesman Ron Magill said.

“Over time, it became cost-prohibitive to maintain the trains in safe running condition and the difficult decision was made to permanently decommission the system,” Magill said in a statement.

The zoo’s goal is to take down the tracks by the end of 2022.

Magill said the zoo offers other ways to see the sights in addition to walking the four miles of trails, including tram tours, cycle rentals and VIP golf carts.

Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St,, isn’t the first Miami-area attraction to take down a monorail. The Miami Seaquarium ran a monorail, one that hung from the track, from the 1950s through the 1970s. The most well-known theme park monorail in Florida is at Walt Disney World, which transports visitors through hotels, from parking lots and around the grounds.

What to know about the zoo monorail

Opened: 1982.

Length: 2.2 miles

Number of trains: 5

This story was originally published April 1, 2022 10:24 AM.