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Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens

1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples , 34102 (across from Coastland Center Mall at the corner of Goodlette & Golden Gate Parkway)
239-262-5409 | http://www.napleszoo.org

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About Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens

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The Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, on 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, is a unique and special attraction. Formerly known as Jungle Larry's, named after founder Lawrence Tetzlaff (and his wife, who was known professionally as "Safari Jane"), the zoo was built in 1969 on a botanical garden site, which was planted in 1919. In 1925, the historic garden contained more than 3,000 species of tropical plants. Over the years, the plants and trees have matured to the lush habitats where many exotic animals reside. A natural pathway winds around the 52-acre area, encompassing about a mile of trails. Enormous ficus trees provide a sprawling green canopy over the paths, providing shade and enhancing the feeling of being in another country. The trees and plants are labeled like a walking botany lesson. And binoculars are unnecessary for viewing the animal exhibits. Sometimes, they're just steps away. The variety of wildlife living in this botanical oasis is remarkable. Residents include African lions, kangaroos, zebras, exotic cats, leopards and American alligators. Many of the animals are endangered, such as the African wild dogs (only seen in 2 percent of American zoos), rare Indochinese tigers (less than 50 in the U.S.) and Florida panthers. The Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens has the distinction of being the only zoo in Florida with all four of Africa's predators: lions, spotted hyenas, leopards and African wild dogs. It's also credited with being the only zoo in Florida with rare Indochinese tigers. The Naples Zoo is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, with the last ticket sold at 4:30 p.m. On the first Saturday of every month, 12 times a year, Collier County residents receive free zoo admission all day long. Enter any time, all day long, no coupon required - just proof of residency for all adults. Visitors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age. Proof of residency (Florida ID with Collier address or Photo ID and local utility bill) required.

Location

Day Business Hours
Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Monday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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