Inmate Zoo

Inmate Zoo
Posted at 8:22 AM, Nov 14, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-14 08:22:00-05

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - A zoo at a Florida Keys jail is marking its 20th anniversary.


Inmates help care for the animals at the Monroe County Sheriff's Office Animal Farm, the only zoo at a county jail in the country.


The zoo is funded by canteen profits from jail inmates and from donations. It also shares the Stock Island complex with the sheriff's office headquarters and a state juvenile detention center.


The farm started as a safe haven for ducks and chickens that otherwise were getting hit by cars at the Key West Golf Club. Curator Jeanne Selander tells The Key West Citizen that former Sheriff Rick Roth expanded the facility when someone on the mainland called to ask if the farm could care for a blind horse.