Friday, September 4, 2020
By Kirsti Mahon, Naples Zoo Show Keeper
Though my animal training career began almost 10 years ago working with dolphins, my heart landed working with land mammals and birds. Never did I imagine that one of my favorites would be vultures. Our resident black vulture, Omen, has not only taught me so much in regard to training, but he has also inspired me to be an advocate for vultures all over the world.
Unfortunately, due to negative media and a deep misunderstanding, vultures get a...
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Monday, June 22, 2020
By Danielle L. Green, Director of Gardens & Grounds
Zoo horticulture is a unique blend of specialties that work with plants but often include skills in arboriculture. A “zoo arborist” shares many skills and tree care goals with municipal arborist but perform under a unique set of circumstances not often encountered in a municipal setting.
The life of a tree in the zoo environment can be tough. Thankfully, many tools and techniques exist that can improve...
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Friday, June 12, 2020
By Tim Tetzlaff, Director of Conservation
I wanted to share some thoughts on giraffe as World Giraffe Day is coming up (June 21). Giraffes are already top of mind for me as we’re currently creating a new elevated giraffe viewing area here at the zoo. It got me reflecting on these giants and for some reason firsts stick in my mind and so I’m sharing the photos that go with them. Oddly enough, my first giraffe memories are life-size fiberglass giraffes in the Cedar Point theme park...
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Thursday, February 27, 2020
By Kelsey Burr, Naples Zoo Digital Marketing Manager
A new resident recently moved into Naples Zoo. Guests can now see Eko (pronounced Echo), a Malayan tiger who came to us from the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.
Malayan tigers are critically endangered, with less than 200 mature individuals in the wild according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The tigers are native to the forests and mangrove swamps in Malaysia and face threats such as habitat loss, poaching for their...
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Monday, February 24, 2020
By Vittoria Vaturi, Naples Zoo Reptile Keeper
Growing up, my love for nature and wildlife started with amphibians. I have early memories of being in my backyard watching frogs jumping into a pond and living their natural lives. It was at that moment I knew I wanted a career with wildlife. I made that dream a reality when I became a reptile keeper here at Naples Zoo. My dreams came true again this year when I traveled to El Valle, Panama to help with Project Golden Frog.
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Monday, February 3, 2020
By Kelsey Burr, Digital Marketing Manager
If you’ve visited Naples Zoo lately, you may have noticed two new adorable faces in the bongo and gazelle yards. A male Eastern bongo calf was born December 30, 2019 to parents Amara and Sebastian, and a male slender-horned gazelle was born January 22, 2020 to parents Clyde and Clover.
The gazelle calf is named Colby-Jack, a special name for a few reasons. First, since his parents are named Clyde and Clover, his keepers wanted a...
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Friday, November 15, 2019
by Kelsey Burr, Naples Zoo Digital Marketing Manager
When guests visit Naples Zoo, they often beeline to ride the Primate Expedition Cruise, feed the giraffes, or visit our lion pride that includes three adorable lion cubs; but there are some animals that may get missed along the way, those who aren’t as easy to spot or as well-known. We’ve narrowed down five to highlight:
1. Red-rumped agoutis
Sharing the habitat with our giant anteater are two adorable...
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Tuesday, August 13, 2019
By Kelsey Burr, Naples Zoo Marketing Associate
There are eight adorable reasons to become a Naples Zoo Member this year! We’ve had quite the baby boom: two clouded leopard girls born in February, three red-ruffed lemur brothers born in early May, and three lion brothers born May 14.
After a community-wide naming contest, the lion cubs were named Karoo, Ruaha, and Chobe, after three national parks in Africa. While all of our zoo babies this year were exciting, these lion...
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Monday, July 22, 2019
By Connor Bligh, Marketing/PR Intern
As someone who was born and raised in Naples, I do not exaggerate when I say coming to the Zoo was my childhood. Throughout elementary school, I came to the Zoo a couple times a week as a Zoo member with my mom. Heck, I was even featured on a brochure for the Zoo!
As I grew older, my schedule got busier, with school, sports, and clubs completely replacing the spot the Zoo had in my life. My attendance might have vanished, but my passion never...
at Monday, July 22, 2019