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  • Real Superheroes Teach! Please join us for our 2nd Annual Educator Appreciation Day on Saturday, February 15, 2020!  Your admission is FREE, bring your family at a discounted rate, and immerse yourself in a wild experience at Naples Zoo!  Zoo Educators with activities will be available for you to explore and showcase the types of educational experiences the Zoo has to offer to you, your students, and your family.  We recognize the incredible work you do, and look forward to continuing to support you and the education of your students now and for future generations! Register Now!

New Teaching Resource: Rent the Traveling Turtle Trunk!

Help save Florida’s local wildlife!  New this year, Naples Zoo has partnered with the Inwater Research Group to bring a unique program that integrates activities, games, and hands-on learning in an effort to help save sea turtles.  Students will learn about what makes a sea turtle a sea turtle, research their nesting habits, learn how to sample a population, and collect data on sea turtle models.  These materials and associated curriculum have been developed and are ready to borrow for FREE!
Trunk includes items such as sea turtle skull replicas, turtle models for data collection, calipers, and a complete curriculum with lessons, activities, videos and assessment.

  • For 3rd through 8th grades
  • Free to rent
  • Duration: Loan for 3 weeks
  • Class size: Approximately 20-25 students

Contact us by emailing education@napleszoo.org or calling 239-262-5409 ext. 158.

Program Spotlight: Field Trips and Field Trip Experiences

Naples Zoo is the perfect place to take your students for a Field Trip! Students will spend time outdoors, burn off some energy, meet some incredible animals they may never see anywhere else, and be fully immersed in a learning environment as you tour them around. By attending the Safari Show, Meet the Keeper Series and reading signage around the Zoo, students will enjoy soaking up everything they can.

You can also add-on to your Field Trip with standards-based programs! Field Trip Experiences are designed to heighten your students learning beyond your typical field trip. These programs connecting their classroom curriculum to wildlife and conservation!  They offer an experience for your students that provide an opportunity to practice STEM skills and have state standards reinforced

During Field Trip Experience programs, your students will engage with a Zoo Educator through a series of activities, games, art, and live animal encounters.  There are two program options for each grade level, from early education through fifth grade. Learn more here! 

Fauna Facts

It’s back to school and we are ready to learn!  What better time than with some of Naples Zoo’s latest additions who are learning how to play, hunt, and survive!

The three African lion cubs are out on exhibit! While the cuteness of Chobe, Karoo, and Ruaha is a large draw for this species, the birth of these cubs is a major success for their population.  This is the first time lion cubs had been born at Naples Zoo in over 30 years.  Through the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Species Survival Plan® parents Shani and Masamba were purposefully paired for breeding and the health of the population.  In addition to this, Naples Zoo partners with scientists, researchers, and the native communities of Tarangire and Ruaha Africa in an effort to save the wild populations.


Red ruffed lemur
babies are out and ready to meet you!  Listed as one of the World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates, red-ruffed lemurs are a critically endangered species and are a part of the cooperative breeding program known as the Species Survival Plan®.  The three males, Chip, Jalapeño, and Pico were born on May 5 this year and are growing quickly!  Mother Ruby, age 11, has been a great example for her young, teaching them how to climb, balance, and eat! Naples Zoo is a part of the larger conservation efforts for this species.  The Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group international headquarters is based out of Naples Zoo and works to conserve the biodiversity of the incredible island of Madagascar.

Another member of the Species Survival Plan® is the clouded leopard, and Naples Zoo has kittens! Jean and Janet are the two female kittens born from mother Tika.  Clouded leopards are listed as endangered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service under the United States Endangered Species Act. Clouded leopard kittens are born with their eyes and ears closed. They typically open within 10 to 14 days. The kittens are several months old now, and are training to be in the Seated Safari Show!


For young animals, there are two major forms of behavior, innate and learned.  Innate behaviors are those that the animal is born with and does not require another of its species to show them how to behave.  The learned behaviors are just that, they have to be learned!  Any learned behaviors will continue to grow throughout an animal’s lifetime. 

Teachers, you are a key component to your students learned behavior, and we thank you for that!

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