To some it may seem strange my family's backyard is a ZOO but to us it feels totally natural. Let's face it...how many people have a zebra, a camel, a lemur and lots of other animals in their yard, as well as a sloth, cockatoo and a baby kangaroo just to name a few, roaming freely in their home. I didn't plan it this way...it just kind of evolved over the past 7 years. I was initially asked if I could provide a petting zoo in conjunction with a corporate picnic my husband's family owned business, Abram's BBQ, was catering. I showed up at my first event with a few of our animals and a couple farm animals I borrowed from friends. It was a great success and from that day forward I knew I wanted to share my love and knowledge of animals with others.
So one animal at a time our ZOO began to grow and I started making public appearances at local schools and daycares providing hands on education to the children, as well as offering my zoo as an on site place for birthday parties or off site petting zoo. One thing lead to another and before long I had people requesting to come visit our animals, so we opened the ZOO to the public for tours, began offering a summer camp to children, and field trips for schools.
Along the way we have hosted lots of Church and scout groups, our baby kangaroo made an appearance at the Ronald McDonald house, and our ZOO has been featured in many local newspapers and covered by WNCT's People & Places with Pierce.
Today our backyard and home houses over 85 animals, including a zebra, a camel, 3 kangaroos, a wallaby, a lemur, tortoises, a coatimundi, a grey wolf, a Patagonian cavy, a cockatoo, hedgehogs, sugar gliders, ferrets, alpacas, and a sloth, which is our newest addition. As well as the exotic animals we also have, ducks, rabbits, sheep, goats, pigs, horses, mini horses, cows, a donkey, a peacocks, chickens, and many, many more.
The business has continued to grow and my entire family is involved with the daily upkeep and care of the animals. They are also actively involved with the events and camps we host, as well as tours. The older ones often provide pony rides or a petting zoo at a party, or fulfill a public appearance request while I am off at a corporate event. Their help has been instrumental to the evolution of the ZOO and I am so grateful for their support.
This year for the first time we transformed the ZOO into a winter wonderland for our "Christmas At The Zoo" celebration. Guests enjoyed a train ride through the lights, visited with the animals, enjoyed hot cocoa and concessions, talked to Santa, and got some thrills on our carnival rides.
We are excited to see what adventures 2018 will bring!!
Thanks for all your support,
Bobbie Jo Abrams