Developing zoo seeks volunteers

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

Although some specialized help is required, the refuge welcomes anyone interested to contact volunteer supervisor Susan Leveille at 850-650-1880.

"We will have a project for everyone that comes," Wilkerson said, adding only adult volunteers are needed.

Wilkerson expressed gratitude for those who have shown their support by volunteering. Volunteers this month have been meeting at the zoo on Saturdays. Nearly 25 volunteers showed up to participate on Jan. 5, Wilkerson said.

The Sasquatch Zoo — established in 1987 near Shoal River — moved to Deer Springs Drive two years later after flooding. It houses more than a hundred animals including lions, bears and monkeys.

Debbie Mattox — who has managed the zoo since it opened — contacted the refuge when she decided to retire.

"I wanted to find a way to keep the zoo here for the community," she said, adding county officials referred her to the refuge.

The zoo closed at the end of December to allow the refuge and volunteers to work.

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