On our recent trip to Naples, Florida, we visited the Naples Zoo. I was ready for an average zoo experience, considering how many zoos that I have been to in my life. Thankfully, this was NOT my average zoo experience.
Let me start by saying I have never encountered staff at a zoo that were quite so friendly and engaging. Everyone really seemed to love their job, adore animals, and were very knowledgeable. They made the day better!
The set up was almost like a nature walk. There were so many trees, flowers, and walkways. It was all so beautiful.
As we walked along the beautifully landscaped trails, we encountered so many animals: lions, tigers, elephants, zebras, bears, cheetahs, alligators, fosa, various birds, wallaby, various species of antelopes, leopards, and much more! Oh, and if you are wondering what a fosa is, they are a cat species from Madagascar. They are the very same species featured in the animated film, Madagascar!
We also went on a very fun “Primate Expedition Cruise”, and saw some amazing primate species! We saw Siamangs, White-handed gibbons, Black-handed spider monkey, Ring-tailed lemurs, White-fronted lemurs, and buff-cheeked gibbons. We learned quite a bit, and again, the love of animals and passion for her job was evident in the excited and informative narrative of our driver!
My favorite part of the day was when my girls got to hand feed the giraffes. The staff was so much fun and very kind! We had a blast! I am in love with giraffes after this experience. They are such gentle and sweet creatures!
We really had such an amazing time at the Naples Zoo in Naples, Florida. It is very educational, and a must see if you are ever in the Naples area. As a homeschooling mom, I found the educational aspect to be above par. So much information, and exciting things to see–A definite must for families!
When you go, make sure that you check out the shaved ice by the giraffe feeding exhibit. So many yummy flavors!
We will definitely visit the Naples Zoo again some day soon! It’s so worth it!