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 with 4H, exotic pet birds 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 bred and raised all sorts of small exotics from specialty colored dwarf hamsters, to hedgehogs and fennec foxes.
After graduating college she began working a regular 8-5 office 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.
After their first child was born, Ashley left her regular job and has not returned to the public workforce since. Instead, spending her life dedicated to growing and developing Janda Exotics Animal Ranch.
After almost 10 years of building ultra successful breeding programs it was time to move to bigger and better places.
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 the ranch has added private tours and encounters, as well as its exclusive Cuddle Cabin where visitors can cuddle with its most rare exotic babies.
At present, JEAR is home to over 35 different species of exotic animals.
Janda Exotics is also proud to employ over a dozen local residents, many are full-time.
The experience at Janda Exotics Animal Ranch is like no other. The care and animal care standards that have been implemented over time is apparent in everything that is done. You will see this the moment you drive through the gates.
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 such 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.