Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens

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Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens featuring views, signage and zoo animals

See gentle primates, impressive predators and lush gardens in one of the only zoos where you can enjoy views of animal habitats from a catamaran. 

Spend half a day exploring the natural wonders of the Naples Zoo. This conservation zoo, located in the lush Caribbean Gardens near central Naples, is home to a large number of plant and animal species.

The Naples Zoo began when Dr. Henry Nehrling bought the site in 1919 with the intention of creating a haven for nature to “preserve what is still left.” Throughout the 20th century, the zoo and its surrounding gardens have built on its collection of flora and fauna and retains its focus on conservation.

Walk around the camouflaged enclosures to admire fierce and intriguing species. See the rare honey badger, an incredibly savage predator that is found in only four zoos in America. Try hand-feeding the tall giraffes or delight in the snapping jaws of alligators as they are fed by their keepers. Explore and engage with the 70 animal species including lemurs, leopards and hyenas.

Take a catamaran tour on the Primate Expedition Cruise and see several endangered species of monkey or gorilla in their natural habitats. The kids will love the Safari Canyon, where you’ll see clips of predators in action while seeing the same species of animals, tamed and up close, with their human presenters.

Join a “Meet the Keeper” show to learn how the zoo animals are fed and cared for. Staff members are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Take a walk amid thousands of plant species in the Tropical Garden with anything from mango trees to large figs. The aromas and colors of this protected garden make for a calming experience.

For a pleasant lunch or a coffee, visit the zoo food stand or the gift shop.

Naples Zoo charges an entry fee and is open year-round except Christmas and New Year’s Day. Free parking is provided. Check the event schedule to see animal feeding and tour times.

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