Every day we provide a wide variety of needs to our animal residents. While some of these items can be easily acquired, some can be a bit harder to find due to availability and cost. One of these items is called wood wool.
Wood wool, also known as excelsior, are long wood shavings cut from logs that can be found in packaging such as bird baths or ceramic pots. Bonobos, gorillas, penguins, hand-reared chicks and fruit fly cultures are some species that use wood wool.
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.
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens uses about 120 bales of wood wool per year, amounting to around $5,000 in costs -- and we could use more! Additionally, wood wool is not accepted in curbside garbage. Donating this material not only helps save the Zoo money, but it's also a more earth-friendly option for repurposing as animal bedding.
Would you like to help provide wood wool to the animals? Please read the Frequently Asked Questions below for more information or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delivery is perferred, but if you need pick-up, please reach out to us at email@example.com with how much wood wool you have to donate and your location.
We ask that you please always contact us by email and wait for confirmation before bringing us a delivery. We appreciate your donation and want to make sure we have staff available to unload it.
It takes us some time to process wood wool that's donated. They must be sorted, cleaned, and then delivered to the appropriate section of the Zoo depending on which species of animals will be using it. This means you will not be able to see your donation used right then, but you can be certain that the only ones who appreciate your donation more than keepers are the very happy animals – all thanks to you!
Yes! Tax deduction receipts are available upon request.