Much more than a walk-thru zoo, this historic tropical garden with mature botanicals and nationally accredited zoo features a full day of wildlife experiences to delight guests with the natural world to inspire the conservation of our planet's remaining wild areas and their wondrous inhabitants. The Zoo's newest features are cheetahs and the Giraffe Feeding Experience where you can hand-feed the world's tallest animal!
Daily presentations include the Meet the Keeper Series, Jungle Larry & Safari Jane's Snakes Alive, hand-feeding of giant reptiles at Alligator Bay, along with two premiere presentations in the Safari Canyon theater where guests see live animals from feline predators to venomous snakes along with exciting video footage. One of the zoo's most popular activities is the Primate Expedition Cruise where guests embark on a guided cruise past islands inhabited by monkeys, lemurs, and apes. Guests enjoy seeing favorites like lions, monkeys, zebras, and the new Giraffe Preview Exhibit. They also discover rarely seen species like Malagasy fosas and Parma wallabies. At large glass walls, they get wildly close to carnivores at exhibits like Leopard Rock, Tiger Forest, and Black Bear Hammock.
Along with all that's new, Naples Zoo has a wonderful history beginning in 1919 when botanist Dr. Henry Nehrling founded the garden. After his death, the trees grew wild until a Fleischmann Yeast heir expanded the forgotten garden in 1954. In 1969, Lawrence and Nancy Jane Tetzlaff, a.k.a. Jungle Larry and Safari Jane, introduced the wild animals. Larry did stunt work for Johnny Weissmuller in the famous Tarzan films, milked thousands of venomous snakes during WWII, and educated millions of adults and children throughout the Midwest and Florida with his wife Nancy. Since that time, the Zoo earned national accreditation and won both regional and national awards.
Today, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization cooperates in conservation programs both in and outside the wild for endangered species.As a visitor or donor, you're saving tigers, monitoring endangered Florida panthers, educating kids in Madagascar, and more. Each year, the Zoo plants tens of thousands of trees each year in Africa, Asia, and the Americas.Your visit supports Naples Zoo's conservation efforts like these around the world and close to home. Together, we're creating a better future for people and wildlife! Learn more online at www.napleszoo.org/conserve.