While driving down Hwy 42 outside of Pinetops North Carolina a zebra, camel and kangaroos are probably the last things you expected to see but your eyes aren't playing tricks. You just passed It's A Zoo Life, an exotic animal exhibit offering one of a kind animal encounters. Our 85+ animals live in our backyard and truly are our pets. Because of the interaction we have with them on a daily basis, often raising them from babies within our home, we are confident our Zoo tours and petting zoo services are like no other in our area. The relationship we have with our animals is very personal, which provides us with the confidence to allow visitors within their habitats for one on one encounters. This approach makes our facility an excellent choice for educational daycare and school field trips.
As you can imagine feeding 85+ animals is costly, especially when a large majority of them are exotics with special diets. We welcome any type of fruits or vegetables you may wish to donate. These items can also be given as treats during your one on one encounters while visiting the Zoo. Listed below are some of their most favorite foods you may have left over at the end of gardening season or have an overage of after a large event:
- Pumpkins (bring them by the Zoo after the fall holidays - our bull and cow eat them like candy, the porcupines and kangaroos love them too)
- Bamboo leaves (some find this plant a nuisances but our kangaroos go crazy over them)
- Apples (most all of our animals enjoy these, but they are a favorite of our horses, mini horses, and donkey)
- Carrots (Peter Rabbit and the kangaroos can't get enough of these special treats)
- Red Grapes (these are a favorite of our lemeur Zoomy and our cotimundi Katie)
- Bananas (Zoomy loves these too)
- Sweet Potatoes (Miss Belt, our sloth loves these and are a staple of her diet, but many of our other animals eat them too)
- Yellow Squash ( these are also a vegetable eaten a lot by Belt and our porcupines)
- Hibiscus Flowers (these are like chocolate to our sloth, Belt)
- Melons (Our porcupine, Spike devours these like an ice cream sundae)
These are just a few but they also eat strawberries, cabbage, spinach, asparagus, raspberries, and much more. If it's a vegetable or fruit we probably have an animal that would enjoy it!!
We also have a use for any left over dry dog or cat food you may have, as these are a staple part of the porcupine and cotimundi's diet. Hay for livestock and wheat straw for bedding are 2 items essential to our every day Zoooperation, along with kennels, crates, fencing, and puppy pads.
is a 3 year old Gray Wolf malamute hybrid, often referred to as a "Wolamute", which is a cross between the Alaskan Malamute dog and a Gray Wolf (Timber Wolf). They inherit the physical characteristics and behavioral patterns of their parents. Like the Gray Wolf, this large breed has pointy ears and a combination of dark and light markings that are visible on its body throughout its lifetime. He has a very distinct howl, which is individual to each animal. The life span is 10-15 years and full grown they weigh between 115-175 pounds. This breed is considered one of the oldest domesticated wolf-dog hybrids in the world. Axle Rose came to us mid 2017 from a family home environment where he was raised from a puppy. During initial acclimation to his new home he stayed in the house the first 4 months, often sleeping with family members. We are happy he has adjusted well to his life at the Zoo!!
Archie was the first exotic to make his home at the zoo. He is a 5 year old Patagonian Cavy, who originates from Argentina, South America. Cavies are the second largest rodent in the world, weighing between 18-35lbs. and measuring about 24 inches at the shoulder. The Cavy has agouti-colored fur with a light colored underside, buff colored thin legs and a grey topline. Back legs are longer than front ones and they can jump up to 5 feet. Long black whiskers help them feel their way around. They have long ears and excellent hearing. Archie loves apples, bananas, and grapes.
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More individual bios coming soon!
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4313 NC Hwy 42
Phone: (252) 266-7974
3238 NC 111 S
Pinetops, NC 27864