Naples Zoo to ‘Find Florida’ with expansion plans

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NAPLES, Fla. – The Naples Zoo shared plans Tuesday for new flamingo, alligator and Komodo dragon exhibits that would be funded by a $25 million capital campaign and a $5 million endowment drive.

Education is a huge thread in the zoo’s plans, CEO Jack Mulvena said. A new education center will be geared toward giving local schools a space to transform the zoo into an outdoor classroom.

The zoo also has an animal hospital in the works.

“It really does help our local visitors realize what’s in their backyards,” said Liz Harmon, the zoo’s director of animal programs. “That’s why we do a lot of education on how to share this space, this beautiful place we call home.”

The campaign is the first in the history of the nonprofit zoo. Officials said they’d already raised $13.7 million, some of which has gone toward existing exhibits.

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