Naples Zoo Menu

Naples Zoo is ranked in the top zoos
in the nation contributing to field conservation as a percentage of total
budget. Our staff sit on the boards of
two conservation non-governmental
organizations as well as serve on the
Field Conservation Committee of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Recent Conservation Highlights
With a firm belief that what is best for people and wildlife is the same thing in the long run, Naples Zoo strives to support conservation efforts that reflect this mutual benefit.

Naples Zoo's mission incorporates inspiring the conservation of our planet's wild areas and their wondrous inhabitants. For the wisest use of limited funds, Naples Zoo places priority on supporting proven conservation efforts within existing long-term programs regionally and internationally. (MAP)

Conservation Actions You Can Take. Want to do more for conservation? Learn about supporting Naples Zoo and all our efforts including ones like you see below.


Helping Amphibians in Crisis
Naples Zoo is a member of the Amphibian Ark to help address the global amphibian Chytrid crisis, the worst infectious disease ever recorded among vertebrates in terms of the number of species impacted, and its propensity to drive them to extinction.

Responding to the amphibian extinction crisis represents perhaps the greatest species conservation challenge in the history of humanity.

Association of Zoos and Aquariums
Zoo staff have served the greater Association of Zoos and Aquariums conservation community through committee service including Public Relations, Field Conservation Committee, Conservation Education Committees as well as serving as studbook keepers, and more.

The Zoo also participates in Species Survival Plans to care for rare animals in and outside the wild including species like the critically endangered slender-horned gazelles and cotton-top tamarins.

Florida panther and kitten Florida Panthers
Recently, the Naples Zoo Conservation Fund purchased 70 remote high-speed trail cameras to help in the long-term monitoring and recovery efforts of these endangered cats on Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. Over 125,000 images and videos have been taken and are being analyzed by a panther biologist at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida whose efforts are being co-supported with an annual $50,000 contribution from the Zoo.

Naples Zoo has hosted an annual Save the Panther Day event since the 1990s and has supported numerous efforts over the years.



Conservation Grants Fund

Nationwide, Naples Zoo is one of the top funders of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Conservation Grants Fund.

Grants from the fund are issued annually for conservation projects and research to benefit animals in zoos and in range countries from toads in Wyoming to orangutans in Batang Toru Forest. And speaking of orangutans, you can help them with your shopping choices at the grocery store.

Big Cypress National Preserve
To help protect local species, Naples Zoo cooperated with staff at Big Cypress National Preserve to help design bilingual graphics that help visitors understand how to view wildlife safely while in this nationally protected area.

By keeping people safe as well as preventing animals from becoming nuisance animals, the local wildlife can stay wild. The Zoo funded the production of the graphics and framing that are now installed at welcome centers, viewing areas, and campgrounds in the Preserve.

Fosa Lamba

Madagascar: Helping Luke Dollar Save Fosas
In cooperation with Nat Geo explorer Dr. Luke Dollar, Naples Zoo helped fund educational posters, stickers, and lambas (multipurpose cotton cloth) that educate about the benefits to farmers of healthy fosa populations since fosas hunt pigs that destroy crops and rats that foul stored foods. Video of Dr. Dollar at Naples Zoo. Naples Zoo has funded two pilot programs and several artisan workshops to provide efficient stoves to 200 families living near Madagascar’s Ankarafantsika National Park. Nicknamed “rocket stoves,” they can reduce fuel needs by 50 to 90%. This reduces deforestation in this critical habitat area for fosas and lemurs. Rocket Stove Video

Children in Saturday School

Madagascar: Lemurs and Beyond
Naples Zoo is a Managing Member of the Madagascar Fauna & Flora Group, an international consortium dedicated to conservation. The MFG reintroduced black and white ruffed lemurs to the wild over a decade ago. The MFG cares for animals confiscated from the illegal wildlife trade, teaches sustainable agriculture practices, educates locals on conservation, and patrols and does research in a strict nature reserve. The MFG's Saturday School program has dramatically improved academic success. Naples Zoo funds a Saturday School in the village of Sahambala. Great music in this fun video about Parc Ivoloina, the zoological garden and agroforestry station operated by the MFG.

Three-Wattled Bellbird
Known for their extraordinary calls, these beloved birds' habits are still poorly understood. Naples Zoo is supporting a multi-year project in eastern Honduras to understand the complex movements and habitat requirements of this enigmatic species. At present, the seasonal movements of this species in Honduras and possibly northern Nicaragua are essentially unknown, thus by successfully tracking them using satellite transmitters, it will become possible to devise an appropriate conservation solution. Hear its call. (YouTube)

Even with legendary adaptability to live in harsh environments and in the shadow of urban areas, leopards are extinct in 6 countries with uncertainty in 6 more. Overall, they have lost almost 40% of their historic range in Africa and over 50% in Asia. Naples Zoo supports the field efforts of Panthera to secure populations of leopards as well as provide alternates to traditional fur use by local communities.

Naples Zoo has not been home to elephants for decades. Even so, over the years, the Zoo has supported their survival in the wilds of both Africa and Asia through support of the International Elephant Foundation as well as advocacy campaigns including the 96 Elephants campaign coordinated by Wildlife Conservation Society.

96 Elephants?
That's the number of elephants killed each day - one every fifteen minutes. You can help elephants by signing on to 96 Elephants.

Although iconic of Africa, limited research has been done on giraffe across Africa. At the same time, their populations have plummeted by more than 40% in just over a decade. As a Conservation Partner of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, we are promoting the conservation of all populations and subspecies of giraffes through initiatives that work collaboratively with local communities to develop a sustainable future for both people and wildlife.

Get Involved: See how you can help rangers protect giraffe by donating a new or used handheld GPS.

Naples Zoo supports gibbons in the wild through the Ape Taxon Advisory Group. Recently funded efforts include a community-based conservation project by Flora and Fauna International to protect the critically endangered cao vit gibbon. Just over 100 individuals in 18 family groups remain in a forest split between Viet Nam and China that is also home to other rare animals and threatened orchid and tree species.Overall, the major threats to gibbons include habitat loss and destruction due to logging, clearing of land for agriculture, palm oil plantations and other forms of human development. Hunting for food and for the pet trade is also having a negative impact on wild gibbon populations.

Lions in Africa
Disappearing in Plain Sight: While still readily seen in National Parks, lions have lost more than 80% of their historic range. Naples Zoo supports the Ruaha Carnivore Project through the African Wildlife Foundation. One in 10 lions is believed to live in and around Ruaha National Park and faces some of the highest rates of human-lion conflict. Using a number of tools including reinforcing traditional livestock enclosures, educating local people, and partnering with Lion Guardians, the number of lions killed has decreased 60% in the last two years.

Learn more about the plight of Africa's king of beasts.

Blue-Throated Macaws
Once thought to be extinct in the wild, these macaws were aggressively harvested following their rediscovery in 1992. Naples Zoo supports the recovery of these critically endangered macaws by funding breeding efforts for the estimated 110 - 130 wild Blue-throated macaws in Bolivia through artificial nesting boxes, supplemental nest feeding, and reintroduction of secure populations from the US, UK, and Canada. These efforts are done through the World Parrot Trust.

Endangered Florida Bats
The Florida bonneted bat is the largest bat in the state. But at a maximum length of 6.5" and weighing less than 2 ounces, this is no giant. Native only to Florida, it is believed to have the most limited geographic range of any species of bat in the US. To aid in filling in the many gaps of knowledge identified in the FWC Species Action Plan, the Naples Zoo Conservation Fund purchased three acoustic recorders capable of documenting the echolocation calls of this endangered species. The recorders are currently being used in a University of Florida research program in southern Florida being conducted by Elizabeth Braun de Torrez, PhD.

Cheetahs & Predators in East Africa
Having lost 90% of their population since 1900, the fastest land mammal can't outrun its threats on its own. Naples Zoo supports the African People and Wildlife Fund including the training, outfitting and daily activities of village game scout teams to patrol local habitats, to conduct anti-poaching operations and to enforce village natural resource by-laws. To help communities appreciate cheetahs, they also provide annual study tours to Tarangire National Park where students view cheetahs in a non-confrontational setting, field trips to visit Living Walls (preventing conflict between livestock and large carnivores), and environmental summer camps with a strong focus on living with large carnivores

PAAZAB Member Aquarium Helping African Colleagues
In order to assist our zoo and aquarium colleagues in Africa achieve their conservation and education missions in their countries, Naples Zoo is a patron supporter of the Pan-African Association of Zoos and Aquaria (PAAZA) They have 70 member in 12 countries. We also fund an African mentor who visits zoos and helps them improve their animal care and conservation mission.

PAAZA sees one of the primary functions of zoos and aquariums as healing the relationship between man, animal and their mutual environment.

Tree Planting

Planting Thousands of Trees a Year
Working with another non-governmental organization, Naples Zoo supports using a forest garden approach whereby farmers can help to restore natural resources, decrease hunger, and create income. By planting thousands forest gardens on small farm plots, these farmers are also solving a larger global challenges such as climate change, food insecurity, rural-to-urban migration and the effects of natural disasters.

Over the years, Naples Zoo has funded the planting of hundreds of thousands of trees in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. 

Malayan Tiger in Naples Zoo
Tigers in Malaysia
Naples Zoo funds conservation efforts through the Species Survival Plan® and the Wildlife Conservation Society. WCS has a long history with tigers. Joe Walston, Director of Asia Programs for WCS, states, "The support that Naples Zoo is providing to WCS is greatly appreciated and is immensely useful. The funds were used by our WCS-Malaysia Program to help the Government of Malaysia put well-trained and well-equipped rangers on the ground to protect one of their last tiger populations." Naples Zoo also advocates for sustainable palm oil use to protect habitat.

Giant Armadillo & Giant Anteater
Weighing as much 110 pounds and a distribution across South America, the giant armadillo has only remained little known and less understood because of its highly cryptic behavior. Even so, this gentle giant is now endangered. Through the Zoo Conservation Outreach Group, Naples Zoo is helping to fund the first long-term ecological study on this species in the Pantanal, using radio transmitters, camera traps, burrow surveys, resource monitoring, resource mapping and interviews. This team also has ongoing research with Giant anteaters including new research aimed at decreasing road kills.

Seafood Watch

Healthy Aquatic Life
Naples Zoo is a Seafood Watch Conservation Outreach Partner distributing free Seafood Watch cards to help consumers identify the best fish to eat for healthy fish and healthy oceans. Watch the video and download the free app.

And to help fishermen in Madagascar know which fish species in the river are endangered and should be returned to the water and not placed into the cooking pot, Naples Zoo helped fund an educational poster that was distributed on the island.


Capacity Building and Beyond in Latin America
Naples Zoo is a member of the Zoo Conservation Outreach Group with staff serving on the Executive Committee. This nonprofit coalition is dedicated to promoting wildlife and habitat conservation throughout the Americas by developing conservation leadership capacity in Latin American zoological institutions.

ZCOG provides numerous scholarships to Latin American colleagues in the zoo community to receive training in the United States which they can share back at their home institutions. Naples Zoo fully funds the Caribbean Conservation Training Scholarship.

Flying Insect
Butterfly Recovery
Naples Zoo is a member of the Butterfly Conservation Initiative (BFCI) to assist in funding projects to protect rare and endangered butterflies in North America.

The Zoo also features a National Wildlife Federation certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat to illustrate how you can provide a home for wildlife where you live, work, and worship.

Conservation and You
With a firm belief that what is best for people and wildlife is the same thing in the long run, Naples Zoo strives to support conservation efforts that reflect this mutual benefit.

Naples Zoo's mission incorporates inspiring the conservation of our planet's wild areas and their wondrous inhabitants. For the wisest use of limited funds, Naples Zoo places priority on supporting proven conservation efforts within existing long-term programs regionally and internationally. (MAP)

Conservation Actions You Can Take.

Want to do more for conservation? Learn about supporting Naples Zoo and all our conservation and education efforts including ones like you see below.

[Home][Visitor Info] [Daily Events] [New @ the Zoo] [Plants & Animals] [Getting Involved]
[Group Info] [Free Stuff] [Contact Info] [Site Map] 
Naples Zoo     1590 Goodlette-Frank Road     Naples Florida 34102
ZooLine: (239) 262-5409    e-mail