In 1985 a collaboration of exceptional researchers, scientists, and exotic animal caretakers
recognized a need to develop capabilities in the area of animal nutrition for rare and endangered
species. Prior to this effort, scientific studies and documented field testing of the nutritional
requirements for these species had been hampered by the following issues: a lack of resources;
conflicting scientific directions; inappropriate food manufacturing technologies; economic
motivation; and, a lack of access to collections of animals both in the wild and in captivity.
By addressing these areas, Marion Zoological has become a world class provider of foods for
approximately two hundred rare and endangered species of animals. Marion Zoological delivers its
life-enriching foods worldwide to leading zoological institutions, private and wild animal
collections, and the exotic pet industry. This success is based upon the exceptional cooperation of
its partners, customers, and suppliers.