Donations for recovery efforts are being accepted at www.napleszoo.org/give
While donations can help rebuild exhibits and structures in weeks or months, the winds of Hurricane Irma removed decades of growth inside the botanical garden in just a few hours – including two nearly century-old specimens planted by gardens founder Dr. Henry Nehrling. The zoo’s horticulture team, alongside multiple crews of arborists from The Davey Tree Expert Company, is on-site conducting extensive tree care. Donations are also being accepted for these efforts as well as establishing new plantings for future generations to enjoy.
Recovery has been expedited by a tremendous team effort between staff and volunteers – and even crews coming from as far away as Kansas City Zoo, Oklahoma City Zoo, Sedgwick County Zoo, St Louis Zoo, and Topeka Zoo. Naples Zoo has also received wonderful support from other zoos sending needed equipment, checks coming in the mail, and even online donors who purchase items through this Amazon wish list: www.tiny.cc/zooneeds. All this has enabled the zoo to open in about the same amount of time as that following Hurricane Wilma in 2005, even though the damage was more severe with Hurricane Irma.