Weekend Wanderings: Exotic Pet Amnesty Day

Are you free on Saturday?


the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission seal. Source: The Palm Beach Zoo

Cajisha Telusme, Staff Writer

At the former Garden Club building in Dreher Park, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (ECISMA) and the Zoo is hosting its second annual Exotic Pet Amnesty Day.

The public is invited to surrender their non-native, exotic animals to the Zoo. Surrendered animals will be accepted between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Surrendered animals will be checked by a veterinarian, micro-chipped and made available for adoption by experienced individuals who are capable of caring for them. Animals that will be accepted for surrender include reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, fish and invertebrates. Domestic animals will not be accepted.

You can also take this day to volunteer at the Exotic Pet Amnesty day. You will earn eight community service hours and a fun Saturday of seeing exotic animals and helping the staff keep track of all of them.

If you’re not completely interested in hanging with animals, you can assist with parking or checking adopters and surrenders in without even having to touch an animal.

Be there at 9:30 a.m. and introduce yourself as a prospective volunteer. No one will be turned away. Being a volunteer is on a first come, first serve basis. So if you’re the first one there you can have the best picks at what to do.

Further information can be found at the official myFWC website.

October 4th, 2014

Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm

Dreher Park Garden Club
4800 North Dreher Trail
West Palm Beach, Fl 33405