The Naples Zoo

 

The Naples Zoo is a typical small-city zoo with a small-city budget. The zoo began life back in the 60’s as a collection of “monkey islands” run by “Jungle Larry” as a tourist attraction. It was taken over by the city when the tourism industry dried up.

It did have a few species I had not seen before, but most of the enclosures are still wire cages, which are not very photographer-friendly. Where the Naples Zoo stands out, though, is the shows and keeper talks. You could spend an entire day just going from one show to another.

Here are some photos from a day at the Naples Zoo:

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The Naples Zoo

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A wonderful old banyan tree in the middle of the zoo

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Military Macaws

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Fosa, from Madagascar

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“Ka”, a reticulated Python. At 19.5 feet, she is the largest snake I have ever seen.

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The primates are still living on islands, and visitors take boats out to see them.

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A Greater Kudu showing off his magnificent horns

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The snake show. This is a Florida Cottonmouth.

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Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

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White-Handed Gibbon

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Spider Monkey

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Camel rides for the kids

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Feeding the Giraffes

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Patagonian Cavy. A giant relative of the pet guinea pig.

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Great Blue Heron hunting in the Alligator pond

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The Cheetah checks me out

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Honey Badger

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A snake sunning himself along one of the Zoo’s walkways. I wasn’t sure what it was—the body shape looks like a Water Snake, but it could possibly also be a Cottonmouth. I couldn’t see its head to be sure.
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3 thoughts on “The Naples Zoo

  1. I didn’t even make most of the shows–if I had gone to every show I wouldn’t have had time to see the other animals. 😉 I’ll probably go back in a few weeks to catch the shows that I missed.

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