Hi. Please help me determine if my ideas are on the right track or if I'm delusional or somewhere in between? Or perhaps better suited to another forum or group? I do wildlife rehab in NC as a nonprofit organization. I have 7 acres used to rescue, rehab, and release the native wildlife (squirrels, rabbits, opossums, groundhogs, reptiles, white-tailed deer, etc). It needs constant maintenance, a 1900s barn/farmhouse, but is otherwise functioning well. For 2019 I will be preparing to accept RVS (Rabies Vector Species) if allowed by the changing laws in 2020. I also have the obligatory farm animals (pigs, horses, chickens/ducks, emus, cats/dogs - all rescues) and maintain any non-releasable wildlife as necessary (currently a southern flying squirrel) but NRs will be registered as educational animals. I have a further 10 acres of pastured land available for what I hope to be exotic animal rescue. The length of the property has a river alongside it. (A further 200 acres on the other side of the river is my ultimate dream acquisition). I understand there is zoning and permitting paperwork to overcome and have reached out to the proper authorities. I have an exotics vet ready to help out in any way possible. I want to be able to take in the exotic animals that people got as pets and no longer want/care for, or from roadside zoos that have been shut down, or exotics that just aren't working out for others, so this ends up being my species list. Any suggestions on where to start with this? Down the road, assuming it is suitable for the species and their temperament, I would like to allow the public to visit to learn about the animals, conservation, sustainability, etc. With that being the final goal, should I begin as just a private collector of rescued exotics or go for the exhibitor's licences and start with grand future exhibits/enclosures or somewhere in between? I want the well-being of the animals to be the priority. I recently visited a 'roadside zoo' and the animals were all pacing. It was reported but it still really bothers me. Current obstacles being local government involvement (so slow!), and finances to jump into the construction phase. Thanks for reading and for any advice.