Wild Animals Celebrate Thanksgiving This Weekend with Turkey Dinners and More

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Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is featuring a long weekend for guests to enjoy watching rare wildlife feasting on turkey dinners and other festive treats. Turkey Day at the Zoo is being celebrated all weekend long from Friday, November 29 and all the way through Sunday, December 1. (Naples Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving Day.)

Naples Zoo Keeper Provides a Turkey Dinner to one of the Giant Reptiles in Alligator Bay.

Naples Zoo Keeper Provides a Turkey Dinner to one of the Giant Reptiles in Alligator Bay.

After you finish your Thanksgiving dinner and navigate the sales, spend some relaxing time with friends and family in the historic gardens enjoying the rare wildlife feasting on their turkey dinners and other festive treats. Tigers, alligators, hyenas, leopards, and other meat lovers will enjoy fresh turkey leg dinners. For the less predatory creatures like the lesser apes and macaws, keepers and volunteers are preparing turkey-shaped crafts to be filled with the animals’ favorite treats. Turkey Day at the Zoo is being celebrated all weekend long from Friday, November 29 and all the way through Sunday, December 1. (Naples Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving Day.)

Activities like this are part of the daily animal enrichment program. Proper animal husbandry includes not only thorough cleaning, nutritional diets, veterinary care, and daily record keeping, but also behavioral enrichment. Enrichment begins with exhibit design, number and variety of animals living together, and also includes toys for the animal to play with (or destroy), feeding protocols, supplemental foraging activities, and even the use of scents to increase curiosity about objects. By rotating activities, animals consistently engage in something new, fun, and thought provoking.

About the Zoo
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization cooperating in conservation programs both in and outside the wild for endangered species including a full day of fun presentations and wild cruise through islands of monkeys, lemurs, and apes. Your ticket includes admission to both the nationally accredited zoo and historic accredited garden along with shows, exhibits, and the boat ride. ($19.95 adults age 13+/ $12.95 children 3 to 12, under 3 free. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age). Zoo memberships and discount tickets are also available online at http://www.napleszoo.org. Naples Zoo welcomes guests from 9:00 to 5:00 with the last ticket sold at 4:00 and is located at 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road across from the Coastland Center mall in the heart of Naples. (Naples Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving Day.) To learn more, click http://www.napleszoo.org, like them on Facebook, or call (239) 262-5409.

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