Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is welcoming two new cheetahs to the nationally accredited zoo and historic garden. These elegant creatures will be coming from White Oak Conservation Center in North Florida. Both cats were born and raised at White Oak Conservation Center. The new cats in town are sisters and they are nine years old. The new cheetahs will make their grand debut to the public on Tuesday, January 12, 2016.
Once widespread across Africa, into the Middle East and east to India, the cheetah has suffered dramatic declines over the last century. More recently, widespread habitat destruction has fragmented cheetah habitats, isolating many populations. In many areas, the cheetah’s prey has been overhunted by humans. An estimated 7,000 to 10,000 wild cheetahs survive. Cheetah strongholds, where possible, must be connected to allow genetic interchange if this species is to survive.
“Naples Zoo is happy to make a home for these two retired ladies. Our warm environment provides an idea environment for them.” stated Naples Zoo’s Director of Animals, Liz Harmon.
About Naples Zoo Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization cooperating in conservation programs both in and outside the wild for endangered species including a full day of fun presentations and wild cruise through islands of monkeys, lemurs, and apes. Ticket includes admission to both the nationally accredited zoo and historic accredited garden along with shows, exhibits, and the boat ride. ($19.95 adults age 13+/ $14.95 children 3 to 12, under 3 free. Zoo memberships and discount tickets are also available online at www.napleszoo.org. Naples Zoo welcomes guests daily from 9:00 to 5:00 with the last ticket sold at 4:00 and is located at 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road across from the Coastland Center mall in the heart of Naples. For more, click www.napleszoo.org, follow them at www.facebook.com/napleszoo or call (239) 262-5409.