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While native wildlife use all parts of Naples Zoo as a haven, the Zoo also set aside a portion of the grounds to create a Backyard Wildlife Habitat™ and had it certified by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). The site has all four elements required by certified sites including food, water, cover, and places to raise young.

Feed the fish in the pool. And look in the trees for a variety of bird life from songbirds to a host of herons, ibises, and other species that annually nest nearby in the trees around Alligator Bay.

Enjoy watching wild butterflies flit between flowers. Naples Zoo is also a member of the Butterfly Conservation Initiative to support their survival. The Zoo is also home to nesting boxes placed by the Bluebird Rescue Team Project.

Beyond helping wildlife here, the Zoo provides this resource of inspiring ideas for zoo guests and members to create their own Backyard Wildlife Habitats. The program NESTS Logo has tens of thousands of certified sites all over America. Click here to learn more and see how you can create your own!

Locally, part of our backyard includes our beaches. Click on the logo at the right to be a good neighbor to endangered sea turtles!

And while we enjoy the ability to grow many tropical and subtropical plants in Southwest Florida, not all exotics are good. Without the natural controls from the places they're native to, some can grow so well they outcompete native plants that local species depend on to survive. Learn more about which plants are good and which ones are not at the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council.

Recently, over 70 nests have been documented in the neighboring Alligator Bay area where birds enjoy nesting with the natural protection from nest raiders who avoid the giant reptiles. Nesting species include little blue herons, tricolored herons, snowy egrets, great egrets, anhingas, white ibis, and common moorhens. Many other species have been seen in the area but nests have not been confirmed. Stop by and see who's making their home here!


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