A Patchwork Landscape Full of Food
Our community provides food for our animals through donating trimmings from their yard.
Every day we provide a wide variety of food to our animal residents. While some of this food is easily purchased, some is a bit harder to find. One of these hard-to-find foods is called browse.
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.
Not only does browse provide animals nutrition, but it also provides enrichment through the opportunity to engage in natural eating and foraging behaviors.
Would you like to help provide browse to the animals? Below is a list of the different plant species approved by our veterinarians and animals. 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! Please read the Frequently Asked Questions below to help determine if your trimmings are something we can use.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org. to schedule drop-off or pick-up of your fresh tree limbs or shrub trimmings.
Pick-up only available within 10 miles of Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.
Species We May Accept:
Please note, we are no longer accepting bamboo at this time.