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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.


Rescuing Animals in Central America

Naples Zoo supports ARCAS, a rescue center that cares for and rehabilitate rare and endangered wild animals taken illegally from Mayan Biosphere Reserve.

After being confiscated from the black market, more than 40 species a year from macaws and kinkajous to spider monkeys and jaguars are rescued in an effort to reintroduce them to the forest.

 


Orang

Conservation Endowment Fund

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

Grants from the fund are issued annually for conservation projects and research to benefit animals in zoos and in range countries from orangutans in Batang Toru Forest to toads in Wyoming.


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 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 extraodinary 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)

Leopards
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.

Elephants
Naples Zoo has not been home to elephants for decades. Even so, the Zoo aids their survival in the wilds of both Africa and Asia through support of the International Elephant Foundation.


Giraffes
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.

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 the last decade. To alter this, GCF works across the continent in Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Niger, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.


Mountain Gorillas
Although the Zoo does not care for gorillas at the Zoo, we do care for them in Africa. As a member of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Council, Naple Zoo is involved in helping the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund's protect gorillas against poachers, human illness and other threats.

We support continuing research and education on the gorilla ecosystem. This support also aids community development for the people who share gorilla habitats in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Lion and Maasai by Philip J. Briggs - Panthera

Lions in Africa
Disappearing in Plain Sight: While still readily seen in National Parks, lions have lost 80% of their historic range.

To help our planet's remaining lions, Naples Zoo supports the organization Panthera and their partner programs like the Lion Guardians that train Maasai warriors to protect lions instead of hunt them and provide additional training to protect livestock.

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 fo 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.

Cheetahs

Cheetahs in Namibia
The Cheetah Conservation Fund
's work to save the wild cheetah and its wilderness habitat is successful because it works on all aspects of the cheetah's plight, through education and public outreach, applied conservation biology and management, public policy, and science and research.

While CCF's main headquarters are in Namibia -- the country with the largest number of wild cheetah, its reach and vision are worldwide. In addition to its own program in Kenya, CCF assists in training and sharing program successes in countries like Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Iran and Algeria.

   
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 African Association of Zoos and Aquaria (PAAZAB) 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.

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


Tree Planting

Planting Over 100,000 Trees a Year
Naples Zoo offsets its environmental impact and far beyond by funding the planting of trees in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. 

Working with an non-governmental organization that coordinates with local communities who want the trees and will nurture them, the Zoo supports the planting of over 100,000 trees each year.


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 including funding George Schaller who conducted the first wild tiger research. 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."

Remote Video Footage


Giant Armadillo
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. 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.

Rhinos
Naples Zoo is not currently home to rhinos, but we support conservation efforts for all five living rhino species because of critical threats they face from poaching and habitat loss. We do this through the International Rhino Foundation.


Seafood Watch

Healthy Aquatic Life
Naples Zoo is a national Seafood Watch 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.


Florida panther and kitten

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

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. About 100,000 images have been taken and are being analyzed by a biologist at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.


Condor

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.



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