Cities the size of Sanford (pop. 61,051) don't normally have their own zoo. It was monkey business at the Sanford Fire Station on Palmetto Avenue that led city leaders to create a zoo in 1925.
I wrote about this a few years ago for my blog, The Bokey.
The fire station where it all began still exists at 109 S Palmetto Ave. Today it's a sports bar called The Station Bar & Grub with an AirBnB upstairs where the firemen used to live.