December 21 and 22
All of the animals at Naples Zoo made the good list this year and Santa is making an early stop to deliver presents! Zoo guests can enjoy meet and greet opportunities with Santa on Saturday, December 21 and Sunday, December 22 from 10 am - 3 pm. There will also be fun games, crafts, music, and a cookie decorating station for guests to get in the holiday spirit! Winter Fest is included in regular Zoo admission.
In addition to special visits with Santa, our animal residents will receive holiday-themed enrichment all weekend. Events like this are part of the daily animal enrichment program. Proper animal husbandry by the Zoo’s professional animal care staff includes thorough cleaning, nutritional diets, veterinary evaluations, and daily recording of activities and health, but also mental and physical activities through behavioral enrichment. Enrichment begins with exhibit design, number and variety of animals living together, and also includes items for the animal to play with – or destroy, supplemental foraging activities, and even the use of scents and visuals to increase curiosity about objects. By rotating activities, animals consistently engage in something fun and thought-provoking – and the holidays provide a fun twist. Join us for this special weekend of holiday enrichment festivities! (Get here early for your best chance at seeing the animals tear into their gifts!)