Maria Tabraue – Professional Women of the Year

Garden City, NY NAPW honors Maria C. Tabraue, Co-Founder, Director, Vice

President and Secretary of Zoological Wildlife Foundation, as a 2014 Professional

Woman of the Year. Ms. Tabraue is recognized with this prestigious distinction for

leadership in business. As the largest, most-recognized networking organization of

professional women in the country, spanning virtually every industry and profession,

the National Association of Professional Women is a powerfully vibrant networking

community with over 600,000 members and nearly 300 Local Chapters.

“Zoological Wildlife Foundation (ZWF) is the fulfillment of my family’s dream,” says

Ms. Tabraue, who is passionate about educating the public about animals, their care

and conservation. More than ten years ago, Ms. Tabraue and her husband purchased

five beautiful acres of land south of Miami. They hired a wonderful, dedicated staff to

help them create a safe environment for endangered, often rare, creatures who have

been acquired for breeding and conservation, as well as rescued wildlife in need of


ZWF is accredited by the Zoological Association of America as a zoo and a

conservation facility that has everything from domestic animals and primates to large

predatory birds and mammals. There are dozens of exotic species at ZWF facility and

it offers more animal encounters than any South Florida zoo. Some of its most popular

exotics include a giant ant eater, sloth, Bengal tiger, white Bengal tiger, white handed

gibbon and an Eurasian eagle owl.

Ms. Tabraue obtained a Legal Assistance degree from Florida International University

and attended Nova University for her Bachelor degree in Professional Management

degree. She oversees and manages the day-to-day business segment of ZWF, including

handling and coordinating the accounting, finance and marketing responsibilities.

NAPW’s mission is to provide an exclusive, highly advanced networking forum to

successful women executives, professionals and entrepreneurs where they can aspire,

connect and achieve. Through innovative resources, unique tools and progressive

benefits, professional women interact, exchange ideas, advance their knowledge and

empower each other.

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Hi Crystal,

The party was a hit and my guests were extremely impressed with the location. They have asked me for pricing on rental but I’ve given them your number so they can call you guys directly. I’m sure you will get some business.

Once again thank you for everything and the staff was very helpful.

I plan on visiting again soon since my husband/ sons godmother didn’t go on the tour.

The small tiger was a great closing to our party.


Janet Leon

Testimonial – Mujer Balance


Quiero compartirles una experiencia única que viví con mis dos hijos en un lugar  llamado Zoological Wildlife Foundation.

Samuel y Ari adoran los animales y en este lugar pudieron verlos, alimentarlos y hasta tocar algunos. Es un lugar diferente en el cual aprenden tanto grandes como pequeños pues sus guías son expertos conocedores de la naturaleza . Encontramos animales de todo tipo, desde un búho que nos miraba fijamente con sus ojos amarillentos hasta leones africanos muy juguetones.

Para mi esta experiencia fue como una clase de biología en vivo y en directo, nos enseñaron los mas íntimos secretos de los animales, sus hábitos y costumbres. Cargamos guacamayas, serpientes, alimentamos a un camello, a un oso hormiguero y hasta un osito bebe hizo parte del tour.

Aprendimos que:

  • “Las serpientes no son ni frías ni calientes, su temperatura depende de la temperatura del ambiente donde se encuentren” –  (Samuel)
  • “A los camellos les gustan las zanahorias “- (Ari)
  • “Los osos hormigueros no tienen dientes” – (Andrea)
  • “El oso hormiguero tiene una lengua muy larga” – (Ari)

Zoological Wildlife Foundation es un lugar privado y hay diferentes tipos de tours empezando desde $80 dólares y subiendo dependiendo de la experiencia que desees tener, también alquilan el lugar para eventos y cumpleaños para que lo tengas en el radar.

El costo del tour va subiendo acorde a la cantidad de animales que quieras tocar, a las fotos que desees tomar y adicionalmente hay  restricciones para tocar los animales.

Te recomiendo llamar para hacer todas las preguntas necesarias y reservar tu tour a tu medida con tu presupuesto y sin llevarte decepciones.

Si eres amante de los animales y has soñado con abrazar un león toda tu vida, este es un lugar seguro donde te enseñan las precauciones que debes tener por tu bien y el de los animales que hacen parte de esta gran familia.


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From: Sabrina Uribe Ruggiero <> Subject: Letter Of Appreciation

August 24, 2014 Greetings!

We would like to give thanks and recognition to a few amazing people inside your organization: Melanie Figueroa and Andrea Ramirez. Our son, Noah Ruggiero (five years-old), was diagnosed with Leukemia a year ago. He is an inspiration to our family and is responding to treatment amazingly well. His one passion in life, well, in addition to making people smile and laugh, is animals. He doesn1t just like tigers and eagles. That would be too easy. Ask him his favorites and he will tell you they are the Red-Tailed Hawk, a Peregrine Falcon, the Cotton-Top Monkey, a Servilewe could go on, but we think you get the picture.

Recently, we were invited to visit your zoo, free of charge, thanks to Melanie, one of your volunteers. Andrea and Melanie gave us the tour, and we couldn1t have been happier. Due to our financial situation since Noah1s diagnosis, this trip would never have been possible without Melanie1s help, and your organizations commitment to spreading happiness and knowledge. Noah1s Make-A-Wish is to meet the Wild Kratts (A PBS animal show) and have one-on-one time with his favorite animals. He and his sister, Alessandra have been patiently waiting for nearly 8-months, and this was a welcome diversion and prep to meet the Kratt brothers.

You are all amazing, and we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and express our gratitude. Please keep doing what you are doing, and one day, Noah might just be working with you!

With sincere appreciation,
Sabrina, Peter, Alessandra and Noah Ruggiero

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