This is the only zoo in the Southeast where you can see the fosas of Madagascar (an agile carnivore that can even catch lemurs). You'll also find the rarest tigers in America and the largest black bear exhibit at an accredited zoo east of the Mississippi. A historic botanical garden dating to 1919 is the setting for animals from alligators to zebras, including a new herd of giraffe. Glass walls get you thrillingly close to leopards, pumas, hyenas, ocelots, and more. In addition to exhibits and the 43-acre tropical garden, the zoo offers a guided boat ride through islands of monkeys, lemurs, and apes. In the natural rock-work Safari Canyon theater shows, live animals from free-flying hawks to porcupines do natural behaviors highlighted by video clips and live cam close-ups. During the day, you'll also Meet the Keeper, watch professional handlers with venomous snakes, and see a hand-feeding of giant reptiles in Alligator Bay. There are three play areas for the kids including one by the pavilion where lunch and treats are offered by Wynn's, a Naples tradition in fine foods. There are also picnic facilities. Along with offering a day of family fun, this nonprofit organization participates in Species Survival Plans for the long-term survival of endangered species and supports regional and international conservation projects.