Published: Apr 21, 2011 12:36 AM EDT
Updated: Apr 20, 2011 9:16 PM EDT


NAPLES, Fla. - Naples Zoo has something to roar about! Wednesday, it proved how far it's come from it's humble beginnings to the who's who of zoos.

The zoo received it's third national accreditation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. No small task when considering what's involved. Not only are animal quality and care factored in the decision, but conservation and peer recommendations.

Plus, accreditation means Naples Zoo gets access to animals, staff and zoologists that other zoos won't. They are the only zoo from Tampa to Miami to receive this honor.