Built in the elegant safari style of a bygone era, NGALA® Wildlife Preserve includes state-of-the art facilities which are utilized for executive galas, lavish weddings, and other events.
NGALA® is comprised of like-minded individuals with unique, diverse, and seasoned backgrounds. The blending of their journey and their effort is what makes NGALA® special. The positive energy created is evident everyday and is contagious to the guests that engage NGALA®’s services.
NGALA® and its’ staff have been committed to conservation since NGALA®’s inception and remain steadfast in that commitment. Believe that business must thrive – but not at the cost of damaging the environment. All business must realize that good stewardship of the land is a very important investment in our future.
NGALA® Wildlife Preserve was carefully constructed with advice of various consultants that included environmentalists, biologists, land planners, and engineers, all working for the common goal of minimizing the impact to the environment. By choice, NGALA® has preserved onsite wetlands while providing sanctuary in the form of foraging areas to the Red-Cockaded wood peckers that have been displaced by “row crop” farmers and nearby developments.
NGALA® has been and remains a leader in showing how businesses can prosper while protecting natural resources.
Our mission is to provide the best possible environment for creatures born in captivity that cannot be reintroduced back into the wild. Our mission is to set the standard for providing a safe, dignified, and mentally stimulating experience for both our creatures and our guests.
We will provide consistently superior service with strict attention to detail of all operations. Our extreme pride in what we do and the personal care we give each of our guest insure total satisfaction! A genuine concern for our clients and our creatures will provide a stable environment for our animals and a tremendous, relaxed learning environment for our guests.
NGALA® was created by high school sweethearts, Donovan and Tammy Smith. The couple began buying acreage in East Naples, FL, shortly after graduating.
Donovan’s love for animals stems from his first pet turtle, given to him at 7 years old. After 14 years of handling and doing volunteer work with a variety of animals. Donovan began to acquire the necessary State and Federal permits required to obtain and display exotic animals.
Animals, mostly from unfortunate situations, began finding their way to the Smith’s property. The Smith’s needed a way to fund the care and expense associated with the tremendous maintenance of properly caring for these magnificent creatures. The couple found a way to do this while at the same time following their dreams. The Smiths began educating the public through corporate and social functions in ballrooms. At first they displayed animals in cages. This evolved into “living arts displays”, complete with tropical foliage and authentic artifacts, enhanced with theatrical lighting.
The Smiths found that this manner of exhibition to be much more dignified for the animals. This method gave much needed mental stimulation and enrichment to the creatures while educating the public and providing a great opportunity to discuss environmental conservation. The Smiths provided their unique product in this manner for over 15 years and 850 events – including such milestones as the “The Republican Governors Conference.”
The Smiths celebrated the birth of their son, Cody, in 1999, and realized that so many of their dreams had come true! With the addition of a child, life on the road became a little less appealing and new dreams took the place of old ones. They decided it was time to build a venue on their own property. With this new permanent venue they would be able to share their dream with large groups and still maintain a quality family life together close to home.
Using skills learned along the way and a lot of imagination, the Smiths built an elegant British colonial style tent and placed it among the natural landscape of their beloved Florida property. They added handmade teak furniture, African artifacts, and the now-famous “living arts displays” to create a venue that presents an extraordinary experience for all who are lucky enough to visit! This one-of-a-kind off-sit venue became known as “NGALA® Wildlife Preserve”. “Meetings South” Magazine’s Meeting Planner’s poll selected NGALA® as “Off-site Venue of the Year.”