Many of our animals were surrendered by private owners in the nearby community. The prohibitive cost of owning exotics and the unfortunate surprise of how demanding exotic animal care can be often results in former pets being surrendered to The Creature Conservancy.
Some of our animals came to us from other regional facilities- either to help other institutions manage their collection space, or to allow us the educational opportunity to exhibit underrepresented taxonomic groups.
Several species of animals call The Creature Conservancy home for breeding purposes. Captive breeding serves a valuable purpose, maintaining genetic reservoirs of threatened or endangered animals while producing animals for exhibit and education without depleting wild populations.