Address
1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd
Naples, FL 34102
phone: 239-262-5409
e-mail: info@napleszoo.org
web: www.napleszoo.org
Hours
Daily 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Admissions
Adults (13 and up): $18.50
Children (3 to 12): $9.95
Museum Type(s)
Zoo
Staff
Jack Mulvena, CEO, President
Tiffany Heck, Director of Development
phone: 239-262-5409x129
Douglas Rickenbach, Director of Group Sales & Corporate Alliances
Tim Tetzlaff, Director of Conservation & Communications
phone: 239-262-5409x122
Chris Shields, Park Services Manager
phone: 239-262-5409x139
Kelly Tetzlaff, General Curator

Description

Naples Zoo is a nationally accredited zoo and yet much more than a walk-through zoo. The Zoo features a full day of fun activities. The paved path winds nearly a mile past rare and beautiful animals residing within a jungle of exotic plants first planted in 1919 with a fascinating history.

In this tropical setting, you can take delight at seeing many of your favorite animals like lions, kangaroos, and monkeys. In addition, you'll also discover feature exhibits and an array of more rarely seen creatures like the African wild dogs or an Asian deer that barks and eats meat.

Beyond the exhibits and gardens, the best of the zoo can be seen by taking in the full day of fun and entertaining presentations and activities that have a solid conservation foundation. Safari Canyon presentations like Planet Predator and Serpents: Fangs & Fiction enable you to understand wildlife in exciting ways through living animals, wildlife video, and live camera close-ups. The Primate Expedition Cruise takes you through islands inhabited by monkeys, lemurs, and apes. You can also enjoy the Meet the Keeper Series and Alligator Bay Feeding. Children have fun touching animals at some of the presentations and exploring each of the three play areas.

You can also relax in a tranquil setting looking over the water to watch the lemurs, monkeys, and apes on their islands. In the more densely foliated northern gardens, you can walk beneath the expansive canopy of giant ficus trees and their sprawling aerial root systems.

Combining conservation and recreation, Naples Zoo offers fun for every generation. You'll also discover a number of ways to get involved in helping animals. The zoo is accredited by the prestigious Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is an institutional member of the American Association of Zoo Keepers.

History

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens was founded as a botanical garden in 1919 by Dr. Henry Nehrling. After growing wild following his death, the garden was rescued and expanded by Julius Fleischmann and opened to the public in 1954. The wild animals were introduced to the garden in 1969 by Lawrence and Nancy Jane Tetzlaff better known in the Midwest as Jungle Larry and Safari Jane. Today, Naples Zoo is nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and overseen by the Naples Zoo Board of Directors.

Artifacts Collections

Tropical and subtropical exotic animals and plants from around the world.

Educational Programs

Naples Zoo offers at least 8 daily educational presentations including the Meet the Keeper Series, botanical tours, Alligator Bay Feeding, and feature shows in the Safari Canyon theater. Naples Zoo also offers guided cruises through islands of primates throughout the day. All is included in the admission cost.

    Governance

    Nonprofit 501(c)(3) overseen by the Naples Zoo Board of Directors

    Library

    Access: General Public, Students, Members

    Appointment required: No

    ADA

    Wheelchair Accessible