The lush 44-acre zoo got its start as a botanical garden in 1919 and has since drawn visitors curious to see lions, tigers, bears, leopards, gazelles—and a wildly popular giraffe herd added in 2011. For an extra fee you can feed the gentle, eyelash-batting giants or, in the winter season only, ride aboard dromedary camels. Other exhibits include the cult-favorite honey badgers (only four U.S. zoos have them), whose innocuous-sounding name belies their ferocious ways;
a "Snakes Live" interactive area; a pair of endangered Madagascar fossas; a giant ant eater in the South American exhibit added in 2014; and the "Primate Expedition Cruise" that sails past islands populated with monkeys and lemurs. Youngsters can amuse themselves in three play zones, and there are daily meet-the-keeper times, alligator feedings, and live animal shows. Purchase tickets online for a $3 discount per ticket.
May 8, 2008
We just visited the Naples Zoo again. We live in Naples and absolutely love the zoo. They recently paved the walkways throughout the zoo which is GREAT for strollers. They have a Subway right inside and toys that the kids beg for that won't break the bank. All these things are minor compared to the animals! Very few zoos that I've visited are you able to get so close to the animals' exhibits. This zoo has more big cats than I've seen elsewhere
also. My family loves the zoo and we're so glad to have a place like it that's so nice and so close. What a privilege.