Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, committed to the highest standards of animal care. Caring for more than 2,000 animals is costly, however donations from the community can help department budgets go further.
Our wishlist reflects items that we use frequently to supplement animal diets, provide them enriching activities, or to clean and maintain areas.
Browse is fresh leaves, twigs, and branches of specific trees and shrubs that are eaten by leaf-eating herbivores like elephants, apes, giraffe, and warthogs. If you happen to be trimming a tree or shrub that is on our list, we might be interested in picking up the branches or having you drop them off at the Zoo!
Not only does wood wool provide animals warm bedding during the cooler months, but it also provides enrichment through the opportunity to engage in natural nesting and foraging behaviors. We use about 120 bales of wood wool per year, amounting to around $5,000 in costs—and we could use more!