Families will discover rarely seen species like Malagasy Fosas or a Komodo dragon. While you may have seen the viral video about the African honey badgers, you can now see them in person at the Naples Zoo; these fierce creatures can only be seen at four zoos in the nation! Kids and adults will also find favorites like lions, cheetahs, and parrots in the tropical jungle of this historic Naples botanical garden and zoo. With Naples Zoo’s glass wall barriers, visitors can get wildly close to lions, panthers, bears, tigers, leopards, and more. There are plenty of fun special events throughout the year, and Zoo membership is available.
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Hand-feed Giraffe at the Naples Zoo
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is much more than a walk-thru zoo. Parents and kids can cruise on a guided tour through islands of monkeys, lemurs, and apes. Experience engaging keeper talks, feature wildlife shows in the Safari Canyon Open-Air Theater; alligator feedings, or Jungle Larry™ and Safari Jane’s™ Snakes Alive! featuring venomous snakes. It’s wild fun from apes to zebras. Consistently voted “Best Place to Take Kids” by Gulfshore Life and the Naples Daily News. Read the Naples Zoo featured blog article here!
Safari Squad Family Programs
Safari Squad family programs are for children ages 3 – 5 years old. The Safari Squad program is offered from 10 – 11 am one Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday each month and feature a short lesson, arts and crafts, a storybook reading, and play stations! Registration is required.
Wild Encounters Behind-the-Scenes Guided Experiences
Get closer to the Naples Zoo animals through behind-the-scenes guided experiences called Wild Encounters. There are three 1-hour tours to choose from: Making Enrichment for the Honey Badgers, Watching Uno the Florida Panther in a Training Session, or Feeding an Anteater. Each Wild Encounter is held on a specific day and time. Space and age restrictions apply.