Thank you for your interest in the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and thank you for your kind offer of an animal for the Zoo’s collection.
The Zoo receives many similar offers but due to limited space, staffing, and funding, we are unable to accommodate such requests. The Zoo receives more than 500 donation offers each year of exotic pets such as green iguanas, parrots, boa constrictors, ball pythons, sugar gliders, etc. These numbers are staggering and continue unabated year after year. Many folks do not realize or were not truly prepared for the long term personal and financial commitment required to maintain exotic animals as pets.
There are many resources and options available for you and your animal:
We hope this information has been helpful and wish the best for you and your animal. If none of these options turn out to be viable, please feel free to contact us for some additional ideas.