Fodor's Expert Review Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens

Naples Zoo/Aquarium

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 rare Malayan Tigers (approximately 60 in the nation), an endangered Florida panther (as few as 180 cats left in the wild), and a "Reptile Rendezvous" show; a giant anteater and critically endangered cotton-top tamarins in the South American exhibits; and the "Primate Expedition Cruise" that sails past islands populated with monkeys, apes, and lemurs. Youngsters can amuse themselves in two play zones, and there are daily meet-the-keeper times, alligator feedings, and a live educational Safari educational animal presentation. Newer exhibits include critically endangered red-ruffed lemurs, rare juvenile clouded leopards, and francois langur... READ MORE

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 rare Malayan Tigers (approximately 60 in the nation), an endangered Florida panther (as few as 180 cats left in the wild), and a "Reptile Rendezvous" show; a giant anteater and critically endangered cotton-top tamarins in the South American exhibits; and the "Primate Expedition Cruise" that sails past islands populated with monkeys, apes, and lemurs. Youngsters can amuse themselves in two play zones, and there are daily meet-the-keeper times, alligator feedings, and a live educational Safari educational animal presentation. Newer exhibits include critically endangered red-ruffed lemurs, rare juvenile clouded leopards, and francois langur primates. Purchase tickets online for a $3 discount per ticket.

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Quick Facts

1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd.
Naples, Florida  34102, USA

239-262–5409

www.napleszoo.org

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: $22.95; giraffe feeding and camel rides (seasonal) $5 each

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