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August 2011 - Early Animal Collection Inventory

Jacksonville Zoo History 1914-2014
Featured August 2011
Alan F. Rost, Biological Programs Registrar and unofficial Zoo historian

Early Animal Collection Inventory

We are very fortunate to have the first three annual animal inventories from Jacksonville’s City records. They cover the end of year annual reports in 1914 to 1916.

The collection began with one red deer, but monkeys were already part of our animal inventory by December 1914. Still, most of the animal inventory was composed of domestic and/or local species such as: Mammals – opossums, rabbits, guinea pig, white rats, ferret, squirrels, foxes, wolves, raccoons, wild cats, and deer; Birds – chickens, pigeons, canaries, a crow, a parrot, chicken hawks, and owls; and Reptiles – alligators.

By the end of 1916 more species had been added including: Mammals – skunks, a Shetland pony, goats, a baboon, black bears, bison, llamas, and zebus; Birds – ducks and peafowl; and Reptiles – rattlesnakes. There may have been a lion cub donated as early as March 1915, although is not found on the December 31, 1915 animal inventory.

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