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Ashley &Jason Duncan
Owner & Founders

How it all started

Growing up on a working cattle ranch near San Antonio Texas, Ashley Duncan spent her childhood raising show rabbits, exotic parrots and cattle with her family.

As a young teenager Ashley met a kinkajou for the first time and was immediately entranced. Working alongside her family, she began breeding and raised all sorts of small exotics from specialty colored dwarf hamsters to hedgehogs and fennec foxes. 

After graduating college with a psychology degree she began working a regular 8-5 job. However, it was immediately clear that it wasn't what she was destined to do in life, working with animals and nature was Ashley's true calling.  

Janda Exotics was founded and created in San Marcos TX, in January 2008

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After almost 10 years of building and learning from ultra-successful breeding programs it was time to move to bigger and better things.

Janda Exotics moved to a much larger property in Kingsbury Texas in 2016. 

The ranch move has been wildly successful and has created opportunities to care for more variety of large species with room to grow and expand.

Since moving we have added private tours and encounters, as well as its exclusive Cuddle Cabin where visitors can meet with its most rare exotic babies. 

We strive to run our ranch in a sustainable way, for our family and the animals that live here with us. Our lifestyle is 24/7/365. 

 

We are not a fly-by-night operation.  We live for our animals and our family cares for them by hand daily.  

Our facility is quiet and intimate by design, so we can focus carefully on our resident animals. 

Our focus is not on getting the most likes on Social Media posts, we strive to spend most of our time caring for our species. 

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Rousey, Red Ruffed Lemur

Beau, Travis, Colton 

JEAR Kids

Exotic Animal Breeder

At present, JEAR is home to over 25 different species of exotic animals. 

 

Janda Exotics is 100% family-run and supported. We receive no outside or government funding.  

 

We are proud to raise our children in such a rich environment. 

Captive Husbandry  Our primary focus the long-term physical and emotional care of our captive zoological species and farm animals.

Propagation  Our secondary focus is on preserving the genetic viability and sustainability of captive populations in the delicate, rare and endangered species we keep and how much can be applied to the propagation of other species.

In short, we specialize in re-creating atmospheres for species in order to reproduce. It is the ultimate victory in professional animal care. The babies we work with are a fantastic bonus. 

Why do we do what we do?  We have a deep respect and love for all animals. We want to share our knowledge and experience with fellow animal lovers who have the same values.

Although we love selling our babies to eager families, many of our offspring reside in national and local zoos, countless educational programs, school classrooms and on Animal Planet and National Geographic.

 

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JEAR FAQ

When did JEAR begin? JEAR was officially organized as a licensed business in 2008, created by Ashley Duncan. Our USDA exotic animal license has been in effect since 2009. 

​​When can we visit? All visits to the ranch are by appointment only. 

How can I buy a baby animal from JEAR? Research our website and contact us at info@jandaexotics.com for specific animal purchases. 

What is the goal of JEAR? We are exotic animal Reproduction Specialists. Our top goal is captive husbandry, the long-term physical and emotional care of our captive zoological species and farm animals. Our secondary focus is on preserving the genetic viability and sustainability of captive populations in the delicate, rare and endangered species we keep.

In short, we specialize in re-creating atmospheres for species in order to reproduce. It is the ultimate victory in professional animal care. The babies we work with are a fantastic bonus. 

Is JEAR licensed to have all of these animals? Yes, JEAR is fully licensed by the USDA and the TPWD for the special species we raise. We have carried licensure since 2008

What makes JEAR so great? We are not a fad and this isn't our part time job, this is our 24/7/365 lifestyle and we are dedicated to our animals full-time. 

Our focus is not fame or social media likes, our focus is the animals.

Who is Janda? Janda is an acronym for J and A, Jason and Ashley Duncan.

Are the animals at JEAR rescues? We do have some animals that come in under rescue status, such as owner surrenders.

Where do the animals at JEAR come from? Most of the animals at JEAR have been born and raised here or at another specialized animal facility. Our resident animals are carefully selected to ensure their compatibility with our ranch purpose. One thing you can be sure, none of the animals at JEAR came directly from the wild. 

Do you offer volunteer programs at the ranch? At this time we do not have a volunteer program, please check back with us in the future for opportunities. 

Do you ship your animals to their new homes? No, we don't offer any transportation at the moment. All baby animals are pickup only at the ranch. 

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