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Little Ponderosa Zoo and Rescue, Director and Founder James Cox, with his little Ring Tail Lemur named Jasmine.
James Cox, Owner and Operator with Jasmine

Little Ponderosa Zoo and Rescue
629 Granite Road
Clinton, TN 37716

(865) 457-5536

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Little Ponderosa Zoo and Rescue was originally founded as a zoo. It was not long before we started getting calls from people asking us if we would give their exotic pet a home because they could no longer care for it. Quickly we saw the need for an exotic animal rescue and the process to become a recue began.

We are now a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We rescue exotic animals from across the United States. Approximately 98% of our animals are rescues. We work diligently to provide a safe, loving, forever home for them. The number of exotic animals in desperate need of a home is growing daily. *

Each of our rescues has their own story. Many times people get exotic animals as pets and realize that they cannot meet the animal's needs. Sadly these animals are dropped off at shelters and cannot be put up for adoption. If we do not pick the animals up they are euthanized. Some animals are neglected, abused, or abandoned. Whatever the reason, we are here to help the exotic animals!

You can help these animals by making a donation to them! No donation is too small. You can donate in several different ways. Monthly donations, one time donations, or donate items to Little Ponderosa Zoo and Rescue. All donations go to help cover the cost of food, shelters, enclosures, medicine, and much more. Donations are 100% tax deductible. Please help an exotic animal and donate today!

* We believe all animals should be in their natural habitat, however there are situations that prohibit that from happening. We would in no way ever remove an animal from its natural habitat.  We are USDA approved and inspected. We are also licensed with the TWRA to have class 1 animals.