Naples Zoo Blog

A Love of Palm Trees

By Darryl Windham, Horticulture Manager   Nothing adds a tropical ambiance to gardens quite like palm trees.  Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is uniquely situated in a part of Florida that can grow a wide variety of palms beyond the twelve species native to the state.  There are 2,600 species of palms known to science.  They occur on every continent, with the exception of Antarctica, and inhabit a wide variety of ecosystems.  Some interesting facts about palms is... Read More
at Monday, June 17, 2019
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Naples Zoo Celebrates the Centennial of the Gardens

By Kelsey Burr, Marketing Associate 2019 is a big year for Naples Zoo. We are celebrating 100 years as a botanical garden and 50 years as a zoo. Our story began back in 1919 with the work of Dr. Henry Nehrling, an accomplished and greatly respected botanist and ornithologist. Following a debilitating frost that compromised his research and plant collection in central Florida, Nehrling re-established his nurseries in Naples in 1919, in what he referred to as his “Garden of... Read More
at Monday, February 25, 2019
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Orchid Conservation in South Florida and Cuba

By Danielle Green, Director of Gardens and Grounds   Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens has been involved in plant conservation for many years, but began to focus on species in South Florida a few years ago.  Partnering with Atlanta Botanical Garden, the horticulture department has assisted with monitoring populations of Cigar Orchid ( Cyrtopodium punctatum ) in Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve annually since 2013.  In 2016, Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens joined... Read More
at Thursday, February 14, 2019
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Connecting Students to Nature: A Partnership between Naples Zoo and Collier County Public Schools

By Kelsey Burr, Naples Zoo Marketing Associate and Stacy Graison, Director of Education Education is at the heart of Naples Zoo’s mission. We want to inspire visitors to respect, value, and help conserve wildlife and our natural world. The best way to fulfill that mission is to connect children to nature at a young age, and foster that connection throughout their lifetime. One way we do that is through a unique partnership with Collier County Public Schools (CCPS). There is... Read More
at Tuesday, December 11, 2018
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Finding Good News for Nature

By Tim L. Tetzlaff, Naples Zoo Director of Conservation   During the winter months, Naples Zoo hosts an evening Conservation Lecture Series where you can meet some of the most extraordinary people dedicating their lives to saving nature. Of course, we do this to inform on current challenges, but more importantly, we need to share the hope that things really do change when people stand together. It’s both inspiring and also gives guests a personal chance to get behind a person... Read More
at Thursday, April 5, 2018
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Naples Zoo: The Learning Never Stops

By Kelsey Burr, Marketing Associate   You’re never too old to stop learning. At Naples Zoo, we strive to make that a reality, by offering educational programs for all ages. Our mission statement is to inspire people of all ages to respect, value and help conserve wildlife and our natural world.  By providing a variety of programs and experiences for guests, we hope to do just that.  Wild Encounters Families who want a unique behind-the-scenes experience... Read More
at Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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Your Sweet Tooth's Connection to Asia's Long-Toothed Cat

By Tim Tetzlaff, Director of Conservation   Clouded leopards have the distinction of having the longest canines for their body size of any cat - about the same length as felines many times their size. But these toothy wonders pose no threat to people. On the other hand, our taste in sweets – along with about half our packaged goods – pose a threat to these elegant cats. Luckily, there’s an app for that. The Cats in Question Clouded leopards live in the... Read More
at Thursday, July 13, 2017
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South America's Rare Giants Continue to Surprise

By Tim Tetzlaff, Director of Conservation Like innocents arriving through a portal from the Pleistocene past, South America’s giant armadillos and giant anteaters naively wander a gauntlet of modern dangers. To give voice to these quiet creatures, a team of conservationists led by Dr. Arnaud Desbiez and supported by zoos continues to raise awareness as they answer foundational questions that just may let these creatures survive in the today’s Anthropocene age. Their... Read More
at Wednesday, July 5, 2017
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