Enrichment is an integral part of the daily care of the animals at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. It helps animals demonstrate their natural behavior, adds variety to their day, allows them exercise, gives them choices in their environment, and enhances their well-being. The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ Wish List is formed of enrichment items we use to keep our animals happy and healthy. Your gifts are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens welcomes donations from the public of the following items:
Spices, of any kind, especially cinnamon, clove, nutmeg.
Perfumes, of any kind, these can be already opened, but in original container.
Polished stainless steel mirrors
Disney or nature DVDs
Please note: To ensure our animals’ well-being, we cannot accept homemade or expired items.
Hot sauces, or similiar
Dried fruits, in unopened packages
Sugar free juice (must be 100% juice)
Regular juice (must be 100% juice)
Sugar free jelly
Grape jelly, regular
Creamy peanut butter
PediaSure (banana or strawberry)
Mango or Papaya baby food
Blankets, clean, or used
Towels, clean, used
Non-toxic (child-proof) paints
Other Zoo Needs
Digital Video Camera
5 Vacuum cleaners
Leaf blower (gas or rechargeable not electric)
Pressure washer (min 2500 psi)
We also welcome gift cards from home improvement and pet stores!