Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation in Gainesville, Florida, currently houses over 70 animals, including 28 rare and endangered species. But make no mistake: Carson Springs is not a zoo but an exotic animal refuge.
Carson Springs was founded in 2003 with a mission to house and rehabilitate abandoned and abused exotic and native animals. What makes their efforts stand out is how their facility goes well beyond the minimum standards set by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
You won’t see listless creatures in drab concrete spaces at Carson Springs. Here, all the enclosures are spacious and natural looking with grass, trees, bushes – and a daily cleaning. The animals also receive individual diets specially tailored to their needs. The facility’s efforts have paid off with bright-eyed, active, animals that seem considerably happier than most.
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