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Prison Animal Farm

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Stock Island, Florida

Open since the 1990s and affiliated with the Monroe County Detention Center, this claims to be the only prison-run animal farm in the U.S. Its ever-changing collection of confiscated animals reflects the exoticism Florida's climate and its pet-owning criminals -- two-toed sloths, lemurs, peacocks, Vietnamese potbellied pigs, a 13-foot albino Burmese python, a 600-pound hog, a llama -- as well as more typical ponies, goats, chickens, iguanas, alligators, rabbits, etc.

The animals are cared for by good-behavior prisoners wearing orange jumpsuits. If you ask, they may let you pet an alligator.


Prison Animal Farm

Monroe County Detention Center

5501 College Rd, Stock Island, FL
Monroe County Detention Center. From US Hwy 1 turn west at the stoplight just north of the bridge to Key West (Look for the green Animal Shelter sign). Follow College Rd. Make first left at Sheriff's Headquarters sign, then follow small Farm signs to parking.
2nd and 4th Su each month 1-3 PM, or by appt. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Free, donations welcome.
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