In November of 2016, Naples Zoo publicly announced plans to roar into the future with the launch of a $25 Million Capital Campaign and $5 Million Endowment Drive. As the only nationally accredited zoo serving Southwest Florida, the Zoo recognizes that it must expand its offerings, continue local wildlife conservation efforts and increase its capacity as the region’s population grows.
Naples Zoo’s current entrance and gift shop was built in the 1970’s when Zoo attendance was less than 100,000 visitors annually. Attendance has grown to nearly 400,000 and the building simply can’t handle the volume of visitors that the Zoo is now attracting. Long lines greet visitors many days of the year, particularly during the Zoo’s busiest season. Most importantly, the 1970’s structure does not in any way reflect the beauty and expansiveness of the Zoo and botanical garden experience inside.
The Southwest Florida community is one of the fastest growing areas in the nation, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent population estimates. In response to this growth and anticipated future growth, Naples Zoo has been hard at work developing a forward-thinking master plan designed to meet the needs of our Southwest Florida community and visitors to our area for generations to come.
With the ever-increasing pace of modern society, it is becoming more difficult to find opportunities for quality family time. Naples Zoo is a place in the community where families can share moments of togetherness and enjoy time with each other while learning and being inspired by animals and nature.
- To ensure the very best care possible for Naples Zoo’s growing animal collection through a new animal hospital on-site.
- To inspire stewards of all ages to ensure a positive future for wildlife and wild places through a new education center and expanded education program portfolio.
- To improve and enrich member and guest experiences through a new entrance, new exhibits and a historic museum experience.