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Being born the son of Jungle Larry™ & Safari Jane™ (Lawrence and Nancy Jane Tetzlaff) certainly built the foundation for David Tetzlaff’s wild life. As a child he petted his first python at six weeks of age, helped raise dozens of big cats, and by the age of 10 had already been to Africa twice. David is a 1981 graduate of Naples High School and abandoned college plans to focus on his passion of working with big cats. By his mid-20s he had created an act of 17 leopards, one of the largest ever. The Tetzlaff family began leasing the Naples Zoo land in 1969, back when you had to drive to Fort Myers to get a McDonald’s hamburger. For 25 years the Tetzlaffs split their time between the Naples operation and their animal facility inside Ohio’s sprawling Cedar Point Amusement Park. In 1994 they chose to devote their efforts full-time here in Naples. Since then the zoo has grown considerably, become a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, and earned accreditation by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. These changes have brought considerable public support to the zoo. When development threatened the sale of the land in 2004, Collier County residents voted to purchase the land under the zoo, preserving the historic garden and the Tetzlaff family’s work for generations to come. No social media accounts; readers can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Book Review, "Did Not Survive"
Posted 2/2/2012 at 11:09 a.m. 0 comments
“Did Not Survive” opens with veteran, and pregnant, zookeeper Iris Oakley trapped in a hopeless situation as she attempts to save Zoo Foreman, Kevin Wallace, from an apparent elephant attack.
Not Qualified to be an Old Timer
Posted 12/1/2010 at 11:37 a.m. 0 comments
But I have been here since 1969 and that is long enough to have hundreds of memories of what Naples was back in the 70s.
Eddie Filer Kills Animals, Too
Posted 11/16/2010 at 1:37 p.m. 1 comment
Vegans, like Eddie, assume since they do not personally consume meat, eggs, or dairy products that they do not harm animals. Wrong. Dead Wrong.
Hunting Tame or Fenced Animals
Posted 10/28/2010 at 5:14 p.m. 1 comment
All those involved have serious moral, ethical, and character flaws.
Posted 10/6/2010 at 1:58 p.m. 0 comments
Internet miscreants prey upon your animal ignorance.
An Eye for an Eye?
Posted 8/30/2010 at 5:04 p.m. 0 comments
This summer, two grizzly bears died for just being what they are, unpredictable wild animals.
Naples Zoo Myths Revealed
Posted 7/29/2010 at 4:36 p.m. 0 comments
Here are 8 myths and the truth behind them
Roads That Kill
Posted 6/9/2010 at 4:45 p.m. 0 comments
Our highways are convenient for us but are death traps for animals.
JAWS on our beaches?
Posted 6/1/2010 at 5:03 p.m. 0 comments
In my younger, “bullet proof” years, I was probably a good candidate to become shark food.
Killing With Kindness
Posted 5/13/2010 at 5:49 p.m. 0 comments
I appreciate their concern but all they did was put the turtle in a place it didn’t want to be.