Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Saving Animals From Extinction at Naples Zoo and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida

On Saturday, May 16th, Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Endangered Species Day and AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction. As a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Naples Zoo is proud to participate in AZA’s SAFE program. For the first time, the entire AZA-accredited zoo and aquarium community will focus our conservation science, our wildlife expertise and our 180 million visitors on saving species in the wild on one special day, Endangered Species Day.

Designated as a national celebration of America’s commitment to protecting and recovering our nation’s endangered species, the goal of Endangered Species Day is simple—to educate Americans about the importance of protecting our rare, threatened, and endangered plant and animal species – and, most importantly, what they can do to help. At the Zoo, guests learn about endangered animals around the planet with an interactive Endangered Species Scavenger Hunt. Guests who complete the scavenger hunt will be entered into a drawing to win a Family or Grandparent Membership! The Naples Zoo will be hosting a special booth, from 10 am to 2 pm, to teach visitors easy ways that they can help the environment. We will be asking visitors to make small commitments to our earth and sign up to be conservation heroes! Students from Seacrest Country Day School will be at the Naples Zoo from 10 am to 2 pm to assist with teaching guests about endangered species and ways to conserve! Dave Shindle, a Conservancy Wildlife Biologist, with a focus on Florida panthers, will be speaking about Florida panthers and conservation efforts at the Safari Canyon at the Naples Zoo at 1pm.

To further educate about our local endangered species, the Naples Zoo has partnered with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida to offer members and visitors a special deal when they visit on Endangered Species Day.

Special Deal for Conservancy and Naples Zoo Members:
We are partnering with our neighbors the Conservancy of Southwest Florida to make this day even more special.  Naples Zoo members can get in free to the Conservancy May 16 and Conservancy members can get in free to the Naples Zoo.

General Public Admission Special:
Not a member?  We have a deal for you too.  Pay for general admission at either the Naples Zoo or Conservancy on May 16 and you will receive ½ price admission to the other organization. (Special admission rate valid May 16 only.)

With more than 1,900 species now listed as threatened or endangered around the world, awareness and education efforts are crucial. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, there are over 60 species in Florida listed by the federal government as threatened or endangered — from coral and sawfish to sea turtles and spoonbills as well as the better known manatees and panthers. Help celebrate Endangered Species Day at Naples Zoo by learning about endangered species.

Naples Zoo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit conservation organization offering a full day of fun shows, cruises, and wildlife from apes to zebras. The all day pay-one-price ticket includes admission to both the nationally accredited zoo and historic garden along with all shows, exhibits, and the boat ride. ($19.95 adults age 13+/ $12.95 children 3 to 12, under 3 free. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age). Annual memberships and discount tickets are also available online at www.napleszoo.org. Visitors enjoy healthy meals at Wynn’s at the Zoo and shop for wild gifts in The ZOO Gift Shop. 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. To learn more, click www.napleszoo.org or call (239) 262-5409.

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