Saturday, October 15, 2011

Experiencing the Naples Zoo Part 2


The Primate Expedition Cruise is included in the admission. It is a guided tour that takes you through a series of Islands. I was able to see various monkeys, lemurs, and apes. The cruise lasts for fifteen to twenty minutes. All of the animals live happily and enjoy a daily array of food which you can see in the series of pictures below.


“Monkeys in Action”

feeding time

Feeding time at the zoo is one of the best times to see the animals in action. It is often a competition amongst animals of who can collect the most the fastest. Some take more than others which I happened to catch one of the monkeys red handed. It was quite comical. You’ll see what I mean in the scenario below.

running with food

If this monkey thinks he is not being watched he’s in for a surprise! All eyes were on this clever “thief” as he committed his crime. With banana in mouth and hands he sneaks off to enjoy his prize.


Who would have guessed what an appetite monkeys really have? I think this picture is self explanatory of what happens when a monkey has too many bananas.

monkey gone

And there he goes until the next meal.

  sitting monkey   

The White-handed gibbon is considered a lesser ape that weighs between 6 and 8 kg. They can be a light buff color or black with all the colors having white hands and feet hence the name. Gibbons are the most agile of all living primates, but obviously on the day of our visit, he was taking a break.


Another gibbon we were able to see was the Buff-cheeked gibbons. They were my favorite couple of monkeys. The darker one is the male and the lighter is the female. They sure have long arm, but they have no tails. I guess their arms make up for their lack of a tail. They do have very loud calls that they exhibited while I was watching them. It is for territorial reasons. The sound can travel for hundreds of yards in the forest.

  monkey face

Many animal names are obvious when it comes to their origin. This Black-handed spider monkey can have hands from tawny and reddish to almost black. These monkeys have prehensile tails while the gibbons do not. Their tails come in handy for swinging and picking up objects.


The zoo has a National Federation Backyard Habitat that they have preserved.

white peacock 

I found this White Peacock basking in the sun amidst the habitats at the zoo.


If I had to think of the two animals I would not want to meet in the wild, it would probably be the skunk and porcupine. The featured shows are in the Safari Canyon Open-Air Theater. Live wildlife footage is included on video screens for better viewing.


My favorite animal was the Two-toed Sloth. This was the first time I had experienced this animal up close. Their fur looks so soft. When he was first brought out, his arms were wrapped around one of the staff members. This is an incredible animal to be able to see. I have also been able to see and film a Three-toed sloth at the Manuel Antonio National Park.

Scripture of the Week

Genesis 1:21  So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

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