A One Of A Kind Stock Island Experience For Animal Lovers

02 Jul 2018 - Jordan Ivey

You might not expect to spend one of the most delightfully memorable days of your vacation on the grounds of the detention center. In fact, it might sound like a vacation gone wrong, but that’s not the case at the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Children’s Animal Farm…

Started in 1994 as a haven for homeless wildlife, the farm has since evolved into a wonderful program for inmates to acquire constructive work positions, as well as a beloved Stock Island attraction—home to 150 different animals. It truly is something special, with everything from conventional farm animals to exotic species. Here, you can pet the hard shell of African Spurred Tortoises, give kisses to an alpaca, and meet Mo the sloth, the farm’s most well-known animal.

This completely free and wonderfully educational farm is open to visitors on the second and fourth Sunday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m., and group tours can be made by appointment. You won’t want to miss it.

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