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How Zoo Horticulture Works

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... Read More
at Monday, June 22, 2020
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Meet Naples Zoo's Adorable New Additions

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... Read More
at Monday, February 3, 2020
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5 Animals You May Have Missed at Naples Zoo

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... Read More
at Friday, November 15, 2019
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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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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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