Developing zoo seeks volunteers


Ring-tailed lemurs peer out from their cage at the Sasquatch Zoo near Crestview. Debbie Mattox (inset, News Bulletin file photo) has retired and plans to hand the zoo over to the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refugee’s care.

Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 03:06 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge is in the process of purchasing the former Sasquatch Zoo, and needs a little help along the way.

The zoo is expected to reopen as the Emerald Coast Wildlife Zoological Park in mid-February, pending license approval, officials said.

"This is the first time (the refuge) has taken on a task like this," Amanda Wilkerson, the refuge’s executive director, said.

The not-for-profit organization primarily volunteers efforts in rehabilitating Florida’s orphaned, injured and endangered species “in accordance with good wildlife management practices," the group’s official website,, states.

The refuge seeks assistance in preparations for the re-opening.

"We are asking for volunteers to help with a variety of things including landscaping ... we could definitely use a professional landscaper and (an) electrician," Wilkerson said.

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