The Little Ponderosa Zoo and Rescue has an amazing range of animals. Feathered, slimy, cute, ferocious and everything in between. If you really want to meet them all, you’ll have to come visit!  Here are some of the animal friends you can see:



Dromedary camels
Bactrian camel
Miniature African Zebu cattle
Scottish Highlander cattle
Asian Water Buffalo
Sika deer
Fallow deer
Reeve’s Muntjac deer
Miniature donkeys
Plains Zebras
Katahdin Sheep
Four-horned Jacob sheep
Barbados/Mouflon sheep
Spotted Mice

Nubian/Boer goats
Nigerian Dwarf goats
Red Kangaroos
Bennett’s Wallabies
Patagonian Cavies
Wolf Hybrids
Coyote Hybrids
Silver Foxes
Arctic Fox
Fennec Foxes
Siberian Tiger
Bengal Tiger
Canadian Lynx
Mountain Coatimundi
White-nose Coatimundi

African Spotted Genets
African Crested Porcupines
Ringtail Lemurs
Marmoset Monkeys
Japanese Snow Macaque Monkey
Bonnet Macaque Monkey
Rhesus Macaque Monkey
Java Macaque Monkey
Capuchin Monkeys
Guinea Pigs
Sugar Gliders
Naked Rats



Amazon Parrots
Mexican Red headed Parrot
Red headed Conure
Sun Conure
White capped Pionus
Umbrella Cockatoo
Indian Ring-necked Parakeets
Alexandrine Parakeet

Peacocks (Peafowl)
Chinese Silkies, Frizzle, and Cochin chickens
Scarlett Macaw
Blue and Gold Macaws
Green Wing Macaw
African Grey Parrot



African Sulcata Tortoises
Green and Blue Iguanas
White-throated Monitor
Columbian Tegu
Blue-tongue Skinks
Bearded Dragons
Leopard Geckos
Veiled Chameleon
Uromastyx Lizard
Burmese Python Snakes
Red-tail Boa Snakes

Ball Python Snakes
Carpet Python Snake
Corn snakes
King snakes
Milk snake
Hognose snake
Sand boa snakes
Rose-hair Tarantula Spider
Pink toed Tarantula Spider
Madagascar Hissing Cockroach


Many of our animals have rescue stories. Some are heart-breaking.  Here are some examples of our rescues.
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In the summer of 2013, we drove to North Carolina, to pick up a male Canadian Lynx whose owner had him for 5 years since he was a baby. He had been fed a diet of dry cat food which is not good for wild cats. We brought him to the zoo, had him checked by the vet, and began him on a proper diet of raw meat and vitamin supplements. What a difference! We also named him Diego and he loves water, toys, and levels to climb and jump. He is fascinated by the other animals around him.


On December 26, 2013, The Little Ponderosa Zoo & Rescue underwent a large-scale operation to drive to Michigan and pick up 17 alpacas, 2 Great Pyrenees dogs, and 3 peacocks. These animals were beloved by a lady who passed away, and her husband, feeling overwhelmed with the care of so many animals, made the decision to turn them over to The Little Ponderosa Zoo & Rescue.


Shadow , who is a wolf hybrid,came to us in the fall of 2012. He arrived sick, thin, and in very bad shape. He was 18 months old when he was brought here and was shy and wary of everyone. He spent 6 weeks at the veterinary hospital due to an urinary tract infection, anemia, and malnourishment. He was also neutered when his infection cleared up and then came home to the zoo. He is now a fat, happy, loving animal, who is very affectionate with his keepers. There are few places wolf hybrids can go, due to their wolf heritage and wild background. Shadow was very lucky to have been brought to The Little Ponderosa Zoo & Rescue, where his needs are met and he can be kept in a safe environment.


Hope is a Pygmy goat who was brought to us in Fall 2013 with an injured leg that had been caught in a fence and had the circulation cut off for too long before her owners discovered her plight. Her leg would have to be amputated to save her life and they could not afford the operation. They brought her to us, and we were able to raise the money to have her leg fixed. She is now a fat, healthy, happy goat who gets along fine without the fourth appendage.


Razz is an abandoned silver fox. The owner left him with a friend and sadly never picked him up. After locating the owner, the friend tried to return Razz to her but she was no longer interested in keeping him. Neither party had the means or space to care for a silver fox. We took Razz in and have given him a permanent home here with us.


Another rescue that has come to the Little Ponderosa Zoo & Rescue in July 2013 include Phillippe, a four horned Jacob sheep. He and many more have come to the LPZ&R because there are few places that they can go. They have specialized needs and care such as shearing his wool, trimming his hoofs, and parasite control/health program.We are always in need of support and donations to be able to do all that we need to do.


The original owners of Stripes kept him as a pet, then decided they no longer wanted him. We chose to provide him a permanent home at Little Ponderosa Zoo and Rescue.


Boomer was discovered by a landlord when one of the tenants moved out. Boomer’s owner left him abandoned in an apartment inside a small dog kennel. We are happy to give him a home.


Dora came to us from a zoo that was shut down. She had a rectal prolapse and had to have an extensive surgery that was donated by Dr. James Butler D.V.M. Dora spent 2 harsh weeks at the animal hospital. After recovery she came here to Little Ponderosa Zoo and Rescue. That was 5 years ago and she continues to reside with us.


In 2008, after receiving approval from TWRA for a Class 1 big cat permit, we welcomed Gunther and Gebel to Little Ponderosa Zoo and Rescue. They were born in a big cat rescue and needed a permanent place to call home. We drove to pick them up and bring them to their new and forever home here at Little Ponderosa Zoo and Rescue. They eat approximately 50lbs of meat a day. Please help us keep these guys Happy and Healthy!