"Nonprofit and nationally recognized as an innovative facility, the Jacksonville Zoo is home to about 2,300 rare, exotic and native animals, saidDan Maloney, deputy zoo director for Animal Care, Conservation and Wellness. Maloney oversees animal nutrition — a highly specialized, complex and crucial behind-the-scenes component of zoo operations. 'To feed these animals, it’s half a million dollars a year,' Maloney said. The budget has risen steadily over the years. It totaled roughly $400,000 a decade ago when Maloney joined the zoo..."