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McDonald’s goes wild with Naples Zoo partnership

Ronald McDonald bigger than life. Submitted photos

Ronald McDonald bigger than life. Submitted photos

On Saturday, June 4, Southwest Florida McDonald’s® restaurants are going wild with the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens. In addition to such exciting Zoo activities as wildlife shows, cruises through islands of monkeys, and up-close views of endangered animals, McDonald’s will offer activities, product samples – including a chance to try its newest menu item, McCafé Frozen Strawberry Lemonade – and more throughout the day.

“We believe that ‘McDonald’s Goes Wild’ will provide a day of family fun at the Naples Zoo for all who attend,” said Mike Adams, who owns and operates several McDonald’s restaurants in Southwest Florida. “The Zoo is a local landmark and treasure, and we are excited to work with the organization for the first time.”

Kids of all ages can visit with Ronald McDonald®, who will perform a magic show in the Safari Canyon open-air theater at noon, followed by a

The Zoo offers a variety of live shows.

The Zoo offers a variety of live shows.

meet-and-greet. Additionally, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, which provides cost-effective medical and dental care to underserved children in their own neighborhoods, will conduct free vision screenings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Zoo’s Rainforest Grove. The Care Mobile is supported by McDonald’s charity of choice, Ronald McDonald House® Charities of Southwest Florida, and Collier Health Services.

“This is a wonderful partnership between McDonald’s and the Zoo to benefit the Southwest Florida community,” said Naples Zoo Director David Tetzlaff. “And it will be a lot of fun, too. Zoo outings make a great family day.”

“McDonald’s Goes Wild” is an event for all Southwest Floridians. As a bonus for Collier County residents, the event is free. That’s because June 4 is the first Saturday of the month and Naples Zoo welcomes Collier County residents for free on the first Saturday of each month. Collier residents

Carefree at the Care Mobile.

Carefree at the Care Mobile.

just need to present proof of residency for all adults. For complete information about Collier County resident benefits, visit

About McDonald’s Southwest Florida Restaurants

McDonald’s is one of the world’s best-known brands and is a global leader in food service. There are 54 McDonald’s restaurants, owned and operated by seven franchisees, located throughout Charlotte, Collier, Hendry and Lee counties, as well as part of Sarasota county. Follow us on Twitter (@McDonalds_SWFL) for information about McDonald’s area programs.

About Naples Zoo

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization offering a full day of family fun in a nationally accredited zoo and historic botanical garden. Daily presentations feature two premiere presentations in the Safari Canyon open-air theater where guests see live animals from free flying birds to rare predators along with exciting video footage and live



cam action. Guests also enjoy Alligator Bay Feeding, Meet the Keeper Series, and Jungle Larry™ and Safari Jane’s™ Snakes Alive! And one of the Zoo’s most popular activities is the Primate Expedition Cruise where guests embark on a guided cruise through islands inhabited by monkeys, lemurs, and apes. The all-day pay-one-price ticket includes admission to both the nationally accredited zoo and historic garden along with all shows, tours, 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.) Naples Zoo welcomes guests daily 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.

For additional information about the Zoo, call (239) 262-5409 or visit


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