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Naples Zoo Joins National Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 19


PressemitteilungNaples Zoo is joining with over 100 accredited zoos and aquariums across the nation to Party for the Planet? on April 19th in celebration of Earth Day and creating the largest combined Earth Day celebration on the continent! At Naples Zoo, kids will receive free conservation focused gifts while adults discover fun ways to make their own yards more wildlife friendly. Other conservation-based groups from around SW Florida as well as local businesses with a green focus will be on-site to share ways to be more Earth-friendly. Guests will learn which seafood items on the menu help keep the oceans healthy and which coffee is best for tigers. Everyone can enjoy a conservation-focused scavenger hunt throughout the Zoo and gardens with a chance to win a free family or grandparents Zoo Membership! And guests bringing in an old cell phone to recycle will receive one free child admission!

Party for the Planet? guests will meet representatives from conservation-focused groups including Collier County Audubon Society, Collier County Environmental Services Sea Turtle Program, Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Everglades National Park, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Friends of the Florida Panther Refuge, Gulfcoast High School, and US Fish and Wildlife Service. Collier County Public Libraries will also have a storyteller with fun stories for young children along with crafts. A National Wildlife Federation certified Habitat Steward and the Zoo?s botanist highlight ways to make everything from backyards and business properties to patios and condo balconies more wildlife friendly. Guests can also explore a wider variety of green living practices with Germain Toyota, Naples Cyclery, Stilwell Solar, Waste Management, and Whole Foods. Bellaserra, DoubleTree Guest Suites, Naples and the Hilton, Naples will be present as Collier County?s green-certified hotels.

Conservation has been a longstanding attitude at the Zoo. Dr. Henry Nehrling, founder of the botanical garden in 1919, wrote earlier ?It is high time to protect and preserve what is still left in Florida.? Zoo founder Lawrence ?Jungle Larry? Tetzlaff?s often stated ?Conservation is the name of the game? phrase published in 1970 welcomes Zoo guests on a sign near the entrance. And down to the present day, the Zoo?s guiding theme is that ?all of us have great power to change the future for people and animals by what we purchase, how we live, and whom we support.? In addition to breeding of endangered species and visitor education, Naples Zoo supports a variety of efforts around the world from elementary education support in Madagascar to reforestation of Atlantic rainforests in Brazil.

Conservation with Every Admission & Button Purchase To enhance Naples Zoo?s commitment to conservation, Naples Zoo implemented a 25 cent conservation fee on November 19, 2007. 100% of this nominal fee will go to the Naples Zoo Conservation Fund. In addition, Naples Zoo guests also receive a Naples Zoo Conservation Fund tiger button when they donate a dollar or more to the Fund. The Naples Zoo Conservation Fund currently supports scientific research, wildlife management projects, habitat protection, and conservation training. This coming year, Naples Zoo guests, zoo members, and the community will have an opportunity to vote on where these funds will be dedicated from a selection of worthy conservation projects identified by the Zoo Board?s conservation committee.

Plush Primates & Predators For years, Naples Zoo has donated 5% of the retail price of plush toy monkeys and big cats sold in The ZOO Gift Shop to conservation in the wild. On January 1 this year, the Zoo doubled the funding amount to 10%. Proceeds from plush primates help lemurs in Madagascar while all stuffed toy predators are divided between lion conservation projects in Africa and tiger projects in Asia.

Top Ten Wildlife Conservation Success Stories As a managing member of the Madagascar Fauna Group (MFG), Naples Zoo was thrilled to have the MFG listed among the top 10 wildlife conservation success stories identified in 2007 by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The MFG coordinated the reintroduction of zoo-bred Black and white ruffed lemurs to Madagascar. "AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums are leaders in wildlife conservation and education," said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy. "The 2007 Top 10 list is just a small sample of the important work of AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums." In the last five years, AZA-accredited facilities funded 3,693 conservation projects in more than 100 countries. Annual spending on conservation averages nearly $70 million per year.

Naples Zoo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization cooperating in conservation programs both in and outside the wild for endangered species. Daily presentations include Alligator Bay Feeding, Meet the Keeper Series, along with two premiere presentations: Planet Predator and Serpents: Fangs & Fiction. Both of these feature shows take place in the Safari Canyon Theater where guests see live animals from feline predators to venomous snakes along with exciting video footage. For those looking for more on the historic botanical garden, the Tropical Plant Trek offers guests a short tour led by University of Florida Master Gardeners. And one of the zoo?s most popular activities is the Primate Expedition Cruise where guests embark on a guided cruise through islands inhabited by monkeys, lemurs, and apes.


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