Choose Pets Wisely

Walking into a pet store, you might be overwhelmed by the many choices available to you. That cute little doggie is now sharing the window with an increasing number of exotic animals. The popularity of companions like chinchillas and ball pythons is on the rise but with so much to consider, how do you know what kind of pet is right for you? Where can you find more information about responsible ownership of "exotics" and the conservation issues surrounding some of our most popular pets?

The Best Bets for Pets wallet card*, a Philadelphia Zoo responsible pet ownership guide, was designed to help you find a pet that fits your lifestyle and – in the case of more “exotic” pets – doesn’t contribute to today's growing illegal pet trade.

Best Bets for Pets is a convenient tool that provides guidelines on choosing exotic pets wisely and outlines related conservation and legal issues.

* For the purposes of the Best Bets for Pets wallet card, dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters and gerbils will be considered "domestic" because they have been an important part of American culture for decades. All other animals will be considered "exotic."