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How To Become A Backyard Zookeeper
Love zoo animals? Have questionable morals and ethics? Then running a backyard zoo could be for you!
The Cost of Animals
I'm sure right now you are thinking "well gee, I'd love to have a backyard zoo, but the cost must be astronomical!" No way Jose, it's actually extremely cheap! Check out these low, low prices!
Exotic Animal Laws
Now your next hurdle will be the local laws that exist where you want to start your crazy backyard zoo. Luckily in many parts of the US there are NO LICENSING OR PERMIT LAWS WHATSOEVER. If you live in Alabama, Idaho, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, West Virginia, Wisconsin it's your lucky day!
In these 12 states you just need to get a permit: Arizona, Delaware, Indiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas
These states ban some animals but not others: Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Virginia
And if you live in these states, then you probably should move, because they clearly don't understand your long standing dream to own a giraffe: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wyoming
Exotic Pet Ownership: By The Numbers
We obviously don't condone owning exotic wildlife, and think the current laws in many states are INSANE. Backyards zoos recently received worldwide attention when a Zanesville, Ohio man released his menagerie of animals, leading to the deaths of numerous bears, lions, tigers, wolves and other animals. But surely YOUR backyard zoo will end better than this:
Hopefully, we will all learn from the Zanesville massacre and and keep wild animals wild.