Collins Zoo

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Collins Zoo
Date opened1988[1]
LocationCollins, Mississippi, USA
Coordinates31°36′57″N 89°32′17″W / 31.6159659°N 89.5379305°W / 31.6159659; -89.5379305Coordinates: 31°36′57″N 89°32′17″W / 31.6159659°N 89.5379305°W / 31.6159659; -89.5379305
No. of animals300
No. of species100
Websitewww.collinsmszoo.com

The Collins Zoo, formerly the Collins Exotic Animal Orphanage, is a zoo located in Collins, Mississippi.

History[edit]

The Collins Zoo was founded in 1986 by Gus White. The zoo has been raided several times by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. MDWF&P have never won a single case against the Zoo. The last raid was ruled unconstitutional. The MDWF&P have stated that the owners did not have proper permits, but several judges ruled that the owners were exempt from permits.

The zoo's USDA license was revoked in May, 2013. The zoo has been closed since that time.[2]

Animals[edit]

African Lions, tigers, cougars, and leopards are several of the major attractions at the Collins Zoo.

A white wolf is featured in the center of the zoo.

There are over forty different species of snakes, lizards, and turtles in the zoo.

Other attractions[edit]

  • Petting zoo
  • Souvenir shop
  • Animal feedings

Legal issues with the State of Mississippi[edit]

In 2001, state wildlife officials raided the zoo and seized several skunks, alligators, alligator snapping turtles, bobcats, and several other species of animals indigenous to Mississippi.

In March 2010, the zoo was again raided by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife and an opossum, red-eared slider turtles, and some box turtles were taken. The zoo was issued 22 citations, many for "lack of permits for inherently violent animals."[1][3]

The latest raid on January 25, 2012, included three tigers, three cougars, two leopards, two wolf hybrids, and one rhesus macaque monkey. The animals are being relocated to sanctuaries in Texas and North Carolina.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mississippi Wildlife Agents Issue Citations To Collins Zoo". wapt.com. Jackson Hearst Television Inc. 24 March 2010. Archived from the original on July 23, 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
  2. ^ "USDA Revokes License of Mississippi Roadside Zoo : The Humane Society of the United States". www.humanesociety.org.
  3. ^ Wheeler, Kevin (24 March 2010). "Collins zoo raided by Department of Wildlife". lox.com. WLOX TV. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
  4. ^ Clarion ledger[dead link]

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