Beginning Fall 2013: Honey Hill Farm to Offer Exotic Petting Zoos

Honey Hill Farm Mobile Petting Zoo and Pony Rides

August 23, 2013

New exotic animals coming this spring!

Honey Hill Farm News & Blog • By Megan Powell-Larkin, Staff Writer

Honey Hill Farm Mobile Petting Zoo and Pony Rides is excited to announce that they will be introducing several new exotic animals to their petting zoo services for the 2013 Fall season.

Included in the new selection, will be a three month old Dromedary camel, a seven month old kangaroo, and a three year old Sulcata tortoise. Honey Hill Farm has also added quite a few other exotics, as well as some domestic animals to the mix, including pot bellied pigs, turkeys, geese and guinea fowl, llamas, African Pygmy hedgehogs and a Patagonian Cavy.


“The explosion of cuteness going on around here is really overwhelming,” beamed Honey Hill Farm owner, Sally Powell.


Honey Hill Farm is known throughout the tri-state area, as well as Lexington, Louisville, and Ashland, KY, for providing pony rides and petting zoos for events such as birthday parties, schools, and festivals. Their petting zoo has primarily been centered on an agri-tourism and farm animal theme in the past.


There were several motivating factors for the expansion, which marks the biggest shift in services since the company was founded by Powell in 1998.


“We’ve wanted to add some more exotic animals for a long time, but we’re growing so fast already, that we wanted to make sure we were ready for the changes,” said Powell. “But demand for hands-on interaction with animals has really grown. Camels are in high demand for Easter and Christmas programs, as well as for events in nearby Campbell County, where a camel is the high school mascot. And people were always asking us if we had reptiles.”


So when a client made a request for a very large, diverse petting zoo for an annual fall event, “We knew it was time,” said Powell, as she held a sleeping baby kangaroo (her favorite of the new critters).


Honey Hill Farm is 100% mobile, and their headquarters are closed to the public. But that hasn’t stopped dozens of friends and family from visiting Powell at the farm in the past few weeks.


“It’s been really nice to have some time alone with my new animals, so that the staff and I can bond with them. But I’ve also had a great time introducing them to all of the visitors we’ve had this month, and watching how people interact with them, and vise versa. The animals all have such great personalities and everyone has been having such a good time.”


The exotic animals are already booked during the last weekend of September and all the weekends in October, but there is still availability in September for school and church events, fall festivals, and birthday parties. Honey Hill Farm is expecting high demand for the new animals, particularly the camel, at Christmas events, and the Kangaroo and Tortoise for their winter, indoor petting zoos. Powell strongly encourages everyone to book their events as soon as possible.


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