Quinn’s determination to bring a zoological park to the Pensacola area began in 1960 and was an uphill battle.
“I drove around in a ’47 Plymouth that I took the back seat out of and put a jackass in the back seat with his tail hanging out one end of the car and his head out the other side.” Quinn recounted. Quinn would take his “menagerie,” which included a donkey and a chimpanzee, to area schools. “People donated pennies and nickels to help start a zoo, and that is how it all began,” added Quinn.
Quinn’s pure will and determination were noticed by several friends who became his financial backers.
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