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Naples Zoo Welcomes Critically Endangered Malayan Tiger

Naples Zoo Welcomes Critically Endangered Malayan Tiger

The return of a tiger animal ambassador to Naples Zoo is very important to the Zoo and their conservation efforts. The goal of having a tiger at the Zoo is to inspire guests to learn more about tigers and how they can help them in the wild. Malayan tigers are critically endangered, with a breeding population below 200 tigers in the wild. Their biggest conservation threats are habitat loss and poaching. There are easy ways to help tigers, from simply shopping smart, visiting Naples Zoo, and supporting the Zoo’s conservation efforts.

Ways to help tigers:

  1. Shop smart! Your shopping choices have an impact. Palm oil is the most widely produced edible vegetable oil in the world, it is found in cookies, chocolate, potato chips, and bread – as well as shampoo, lotion, laundry soap, and a multitude of other common products. Download the Free Certified Sustainable Palm Oil App from Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, available for iPhone and Android.
  2. Visit Naples Zoo. A portion of all admission tickets sold support the Zoo’s conservation efforts locally and around the world.
  3. Donate. In 2022, Naples Zoo established the Eko Tiger Conservation Fund and has raised over $50,000 thus far for tiger conservation. Naples Zoo has supported tiger conservation efforts for years and will continue to raise funds in Eko’s honor. 100% of the funds received will go to helping save tigers in Malaysia through the efforts of the Wildlife Conservation Society. You can donate online at with the word TIGER in the comment section or send a check payable to “Naples Zoo” mailed to Naples Zoo, Eko Tiger, 1590 Goodlette Rd N, Naples FL 34102-5260.


The new tiger arrived from Virginia Zoo, where he and his brother were born in January of 2016. As the first occupants of Virginia Zoo’s Animal Wellness Campus, they were named Zero and One. One will now live at Naples Zoo as a bachelor for the Species Survival Plan. Naples Zoo will give him an official name through a donor supported auction at the 2022 Zoo Gala on November 17, 2022.

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