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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. New additions include a giant anteater and other wonders of South America 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 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, and zebras as well as discovering 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 over 100,000 trees 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

  • Activities:
  • Birding,
  • Amenities:
  • Baby-changing station, Bus Parking, Concessions
  • Average Visit Time:
  • Half day,


Naples Zoo Lecture Series: Leopards

February 18, 2016 - February 19, 2016
Saving the World’s Most Persecuted Cat Meet Dr. Luke Hunter, Panthera's President and Chief Conservation Officer RSVP at Although leopard coats fell out of fashion in the West decades ago, they are growing in popularity among local communities in southern Africa, who practice the Zulu custom of wearing spotted cat and other wildlife fur during religious ceremonies and celebrations. But there is exciting news for these elegant cats. Learn what’s being done to protect the leopard through Panthera’s Furs For Life Leopard Project and how you can be part of this innovative solution when you meet Dr. Luke Hunter, t ...Read More>> e President and Chief Conservation Officer of Panthera, at the Naples Zoo Lecture Series on February 18. This evening event starts at 6 pm as guests mingle with Dr. Hunter at the Leopard Rock exhibit followed by his formal presentation at 7. Dr. Hunter will discuss the Furs for Life Leopard Project and Panthera’s work to reduce the demand for leopard skins by providing high-quality faux replicas. To date, Panthera has provided 10,000 faux leopard skins to followers of the Shembe Baptist Church, and by the end of 2016, aims to have donated 5,000 more for a total of 15,000 faux skins – equal to the number of real skins currently in use. Learn more now in this video: Guests will also hear the other strategies used to stabilize or increase leopard populations that are so critical to a healthy and vibrant ecosystem – a critical need as leopards have vanished from at least 49% of their historic range in Africa and 84% of their historic range in Asia. Among their global efforts for wild cats, Panthera’s Project Pardus works to protect the leopard in 30 countries across Africa, the Middle East, and tropical Asia. Thanks to partners like the Naples Zoo, Panthera is reducing human-leopard conflict, unsustainable legal trophy hunting, and illegal killing of the world’s most persecuted big cat. BIO: Dr. Luke Hunter As President and Chief Conservation Officer, Dr. Hunter oversees the organization’s field programs around the world and supervises the scientific priorities of Panthera’s critical conservation work. His current projects include the longest running ecological studies on African leopards, reducing human-lion conflict in Africa, and working with the Iranian Department of Environment to conserve Asiatic cheetahs and leopards. He has contributed to over 140 scientific papers and popular articles, and has written seven books including Cheetah (2003), Cats of Africa: Behavior, Ecology and Conservation (2006) and Field Guide to Carnivores of the World (2011) which has been translated into Chinese, French and German editions. His latest book, Wild Cats of the World was published by Bloomsbury in 2015. Learn more at TIME: Mingle at the leopard habitat starting at 6. Presentation by Dr. Luke Hunter from Panthera begins at 7 in Safari Canyon theater. Please dress for being outdoors. COST: Free for Naples Zoo members. | $10 for non-members. Read Less

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