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 a 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 nuisance 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 lemurs, Zoomy and Lamar, and our coatimundis, Katie and Reuben)

  • 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 leftover dry dog or cat food you may have, as these are a staple part of the porcupine and coatimundi's diet.  Hay for livestock and wheat straw for bedding are 2 items essential to our every day Zoo operation, along with kennels, crates, fencing, and puppy pads. 

ANIMAL BIOS

AXEL ROSE

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

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.

LEO

shares a birthday with Bobbie Jo's grandmother, Leona, which is July 1, hence the name. Leo is a one-humped dromedary camel, which makes up about 94% of the world's camel population. Leo's mother was very sick when he arrived and so he had to be bottle fed every 4 hours by his new momma, Bobbie Jo. Now that he is happy and healthy he is known around the zoo as the "selfie king" often running up to the gate when he sees people getting ready to take pictures. If he isn't posing for a picture, he can be seen making "camel angels" by laying in the mud, or drinking up to 30 gallons of water in 13 minutes.

RACHAEL RAY

is a mini spotted donkey, which are smaller than regular donkeys. Fans of season 1 may remember that she had a reputation for escaping out of her pen and wandering into town. We are happy to report that she is happy right where she is now. Rachael Ray, like all donkeys, has a black cross on her back that starts just above her front legs. When Jesus came into Jerusalem, He came in riding on a donkey. We like to think that the Cross stays on the donkeys as a tribute for their service. 

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