Each week our food haul is a little bit different, depending on our stock and animal needs! Some weeks our food store haul is simple – including alfalfa pellets for our horses, pasta for our monkeys, or nuts and seeds for our birds. Other weeks this may include specialty food blends for some of our exotic animals like Winnie, our resident Kangaroo. From primates, farm animals, wildlife, birds, exotics, and more – a contribution towards our weekly food store haul helps feed them all!
Bales of Hay
Hay goes fast around the refuge! Each month we spend about $1,500+ on hay and feed over 115 bales to our residents. Our farm animals and wildlife receive a high-quality hay that is an orchard and timothy grass blend. This provides an essential nutrition source for many of our animals, including our horses, cows, goats, sheep, llamas, and deer. Can you spare $14 to purchase a bale for our residents?
Horse & Donkey Diet
With 4 horses and 2 donkeys to care for, our equine feed bill can get pretty large! From our largest Belgian draft horse Seven to our smallest miniature horse Troy, our equines vary greatly in size and age. We make sure our horses and donkeys receive a well-balanced and nutritious diet, tailored to their individual needs. We typically stock grain, alfalfa pellets, hay, supplements, and more! Of course, our equines enjoy special treats too – with apples and carrots being some of their favorites!
Fresh Fruits & Veggies
Almost all our animals receive some kind of fresh fruits and veggies in their diets! Our resident herbivores love collard greens, romaine, dandelion, mustard greens, bok choy, escarole, shredded carrots, zucchini, and fruits. Our equines love apples and carrots. Our kangaroo and primates enjoy snacking on grapes! With so many mouths to feed and the ever-rising cost of groceries, fresh fruits and veggies are in high demand!
Big Cat Cuisines
Our big cats are by far our most expensive animals to feed! It costs on average $600 a week to feed just ONE of our 12 big cats. Did you know Simba, one of our lions, eats a whopping 15lbs of meat a night?! With our mix of tigers, lions, cougars, and a snow leopard, it’s easy to see how costly it is to keep their bellies full. Our big cat diets are also supplemented with additional snacks and treats, like bones, to keep them strong and healthy!
It costs about $650 a month to feed our three resident bears, BooBoo, Bonnie, and MaryAnn! Our bears require a lot of calories and specialty food, so they feast on omnivore bear biscuits and munch on assorted fruits and veggies. Did you know we often spread grapes and other snacks around our bear enclosure to entice them to forage as they would naturally in the wild? Incorporating these behaviors into their routine provides valuable enrichment both for their minds and bodies!
Did you know we have 15 primates at Popcorn Park?! One bag of specialty monkey feed costs $48 and is supplemented by a variety of fresh foods that our staff cooks and prepares in-house. Our primates, both big and small, enjoy snacking on a variety of assorted fruits and veggies like apples, bananas, grapes, melons, cauliflower, cucumbers, carrots, and more! We also add in cooked pasta, eggs, and chicken to make sure they have a well-balanced and nutritional diet.
We currently have five resident foxes at the refuge, all requiring a very diverse diet. In the wild foxes are expert hunters, catching rabbits, rodents, birds, and other small animals as sources of meat, but they are actually omnivores. Our foxes have a regular carnivore meal that they enjoy but also regularly dine on berries, fruits, and eggs, mimicking natural scavenging behaviors they would use in the wild. It costs us about $125 per week to feed our foxes, or approximately $6,500 per year!
We never throw pig slop into our troughs! All of our 13 rescue pigs receive high-quality, fresh food and specialty pig pellets to round out their nutritious diets. Our pigs always enjoy special snacks like apples and other fruits too! At $20 a bag, our pig feed bills can really add up – costing us over $100 per week to provide them with healthy and well-balanced provisions.
With so many iguanas, turtles, caimans, snakes, and other reptiles to feed, it's easy to see how our food bill grows! Each of our reptiles have very different nutritional needs. Our herbivores enjoy a variety of delicious fruits and veggies while our caimans and snakes love their carnivorous diets. Rest assured, all of our reptiles have a diet specifically customized to their individual needs, costing close to $1,000 per month to feed the many reptiles in our care.
Farm Animal Feed
Our group of farm animals includes cows, goats, sheep, llamas, pigs, and horses! With 50+ different farm animals in our care, their weekly feed costs can really add up. From special species-specific grain to bales of hay, all our resident farm animals have a healthy and robust diet. We like to supplement their meals with fresh snacks like apples and carrots, making sure all of our farm animals are healthy, happy, and thriving.