The Native Wildlife Zoo has been an important element of the mission for Brookgreen Gardens since its inception. It is the only zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) on the coast of North and South Carolina. The AZA is America's most respected organization for zoos and aquariums. All of the native animals in the Native Wildlife Zoo were either bred and raised in captivity or have sustained a major disability due to injury. In either case, these animals could not survive in the wild.

Here's a video of our newest exhibit "Flights of Passages". It has some beautiful and playful ducks.


Brookgreen Gardens is home to many wild species, including snakes and alligators. Please keep an eye out for our wildlife and remember, they are fun to look at but not to touch!

Animal Rehab
On occasions we receive calls to rescue animals or for information on where to take injured animals. Although we are a wildlife preserve, we do not retrieve, treat, or rescue injured animals that are not on Brookgreen property. If an injured animals is found, ARK Animal Hospital in Surfside is prepared to treat wild animals and they treat Brookgreen's injured animals. Below are some websites or contact numbers for other rehabilitation facilities in South Carolina that we have used in the past.

ARK Animal Hospital
1011 6th Ave N Ext.
Surfside, SC
Phone: (843) 238-1414

Keeper of the Wild
181 Tree Farm Road
St. George, SC 29477
phone: (843) 636-1659

S.C. C.A.R.E.S—South Carolina Coastal Animal Rescue & Educational Sanctuary
236 Abbeville Drive
Georgetown, SC 29440
Phone: (843) 546-7893

I.C.B.P.—International Center for Birds of Prey
Phone: (843) 928-3494
Located in Awendaw, SC