spring/summer 2018: We are renovating our Petting Zoo…
something we’ve wanted to do for a long time!
This past winter, the bitter cold forced us to move our animals inside to a safe and warm location at the farm. Towards the end of February, we found out many of our females were pregnant! With great joy, we welcomed new baby goats into our farm family. Baby goats and new mothers need lots of warmth and tender care, so we continued to keep all our animals inside.
In March, Winter Storm Quinn brought almost three feet of heavy snow, downed power lines, and fallen trees. Thankfully the animals were safely tucked away from the damage! Many fallen trees and large branches ruined much of our fencing in the Petting Zoo and created and unsafe environment.
The damage sustained was the final motivation for us to totally renovate our Petting Zoo. If we cleared the debris and mended the fence, it’s a quick fix, but other structural problems would still linger.
The pictures above depict the first few weeks of clearing the brush and expanding the total area of out Petting Zoo. Our overall plan involves expansion, installing proper drainage, and creating a safer environment for our furry friends with more room for their own families to grow. We also want to add more fun features for you and your family to enjoy!
We want you to finally meet our baby goats, so we are opening a small part of the Petting Zoo on Friday, April 13! A small part of our Petting Zoo will continue to stay open throughout the spring and summer. Please mind our appearance as other areas of the Zoo are in active construction. Also, please understand that the Petting Zoo may be subject to close intermittently on days when we pave new pathways, install drainage, etc.
The completion date and Grand Re-Opening of the Petting Zoo is tentatively set for August of this year. Our Petting Zoo will then have a nominal entrance fee; this fee will cover the cost of exceptional care for our animals, routine maintenance of our grounds, and full-time staff positioned in the Zoo.
Please stay tuned for more updates!