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:



– Primates –
Ringtail Lemurs

– Rodents –
African Crested Porcupines
Patagonian Cavy
Guinea Pigs
Mice, Rats
Hamsters, Gerbils

– Carnivores –  
Siberian Tiger
Bengal Tiger
Canada Lynx
African Serval
Geoffrey’s Cat
Timber Wolf
Silver Foxes
Red Foxes
Volpine Foxes


– Canine –
Shetland Sheepdog
Border Collie
Great Pyrenees
Coyote Hybrids

– Feline –
Domestic Cats

– Omnivores –
White nose Coatimundi

– Marsupials –
Red Kangaroo
Bennett’s Wallaby
Sugar Glider

– Hoofstock –
Plains Zebra
Miniature Sicilian Donkey
Miniature Horse


– Bovine –
Water Buffalo
Miniature African Zebu
Scottish Highlander
And other breeds 

– Camelids –
Dromedary Camel
Bactrian Camel

– Goats –
Nigerian Dwarf
African Pygmy
And other breeds

– Sheep –
Four Horned Jacob
And other breeds

– Deer –
Reeve’s Muntjac
Fallow Deer
Sika Deer



Budgie Parakeet
Indian Ringneck Parakeet
Sun Conure
Pineapple Conure
Green Cheeked Conure
Umbrella Cockatiel
Moluccan Cockatoo
Ducorps Cockatoo
Blue and Gold Macaw
Military Macaw
African Grey Parrot

Amazon Parrot
Guinea Fowl
Homing Pigeons



Ball Pythons
Hog Island Boa
Albino Kingsnake
Red Tail Boa
Burmese Python
Carpet Python
Bearded Dragon Lizard

Monitor Lizard
Leopard Gecko
‘Eyelash’ Crested Gecko
Green Iguana
Sulcata Tortoise
Redfoot Tortoise

Little Ponderosa Zoo & Rescue has been rescuing and rehabilitating exotic animals for over 20 years. However, we started to see a need in our community and in our own backyard for our native white-tail deer, and in 2019 TWRA entrusted us and gave us our permit to become a licensed white-tail deer rehabilitation facility in hopes of providing orphaned fawns a second chance of a natural and wild life.

Does a fawn need your help?

People often mistakenly assume that a fawn (baby deer) found alone is orphaned. If the fawn is lying down calmly and quietly, their mother is nearby and they are O.K. A doe only visits and nurses their fawn a few times a day to avoid attracting predators. Unless you know that the mother is dead, leave the fawn alone.

Although mother deer are wary of human smells, they still want their babies back. If you already handled the fawn, quickly return the fawn to the exact spot where you found hem and leave the area; the mother deer will not show herself until you are gone.

If the fawn is lying on their side or wandering and crying incessantly all day, they probably need help.


Many of our animals have rescue stories. Some are heart-breaking.  Here are some examples of our rescues.
Sponsor one of these animals for as little as $10 a month! You can get monthly updates and pictures of your animal!


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!