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Squirrel monkey

The squirrel monkeys are the New World monkeys of the genus Saimiri. They are the only genus in the subfamily Saimirinae. The name of the genus Saimiri is of Tupi origin (sai-mirim or gai-mbirin < sai 'monkey' and mirim 'small'), and was also used as an English name by early researchers. Squirrel monkeys live in the tropical forests of Central and South America in the canopy layer. Most species have parapatric or allopatric ranges in the Amazon, while S. oerstedii is found disjunctly in Costa Rica and Panama..


Ring-Tailed Lemur

Found only in Madagascar, lemurs, are an endangered species.
Oliver, our ring-tailed lemur is enjoyed by all age groups of children and adults.  He was raised here in our home as a baby and came to us in 2008.  He is available for birthday parties, corporate events, and public events.
He makes for an interesting animal encounter and will have your guest talking for days.



Meiko, our Mountain Coatimundi, is housed in a large enclosure with Barney, another Mountain Coatimundi.  Native to Central and South America he loves to climb trees and dig in the ground for insects.  He is a no touch but still always a favorite with the kids because of his unique features and playful attitude. Meiko is often mistaken for an anteater.


Blue and Gold Macaw

Ringo, our blue and gold macaw, originates from South America and is a very loving addition we have here at Wild Things Zoofari. Ringo follows us around the house and wants to be into everything we are doing. He is available for birthday parties, public displays, vacation bible schools, school programs, and corporate events. You can often catch him on his stand enjoying fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, and pellets.  Ringo also loves dried papaya treats.


Crested porcupine

The crested porcupine (Hystrix cristata) is a species of rodent in the Hystricidae family. It is extant in mainland Italy, Sicily, North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa and greet kids of all ages.



Salt, our african pygmy hedgehog, is a nocturnal mammal but is always happy to wake up and great children at birthday parties, vacation bible schools, libraries, and school programs. Having around 5-6,000 quills over her body makes her look intimidating but she is very sweet at heart. Children of all ages love to touch her quills and watch her go crazy for a mealworm.
While feeding mostly on insects in the wild they are considered omnivores because they often will eat frogs, earthworms, and other small prey when given the opportunity.


Red Kangaroo Joey

Red Kangoroos are the largest of all kangaroos, the largest mammal native to Australia, and the largest extant marsupial. Kangaroos are adept swimmers, and often flee into waterways if threatened by a predator. If pursued into the water, a kangaroo may use its forepaws to hold the predator underwater so as to drown it.



Large spotted genets are native to South Africa with their relatives the common genet commonly found all over Africa, Southern Europe and parts of the Middle East.  Genets have no relation to a cat even though they have similar qualities.  This small carnivore is very agile and playful at times.  Genets are frightened very easily making Smokey, our genet, only available for older calmer children.


Marmoset Monkey

Marmosets are native to Brazil and weigh around 1 lb fully grown. This little “finger monkey” as many people call them has an adorable little face and teeny tiny body. These primates love to eat live wax worms and other small insects and frogs along with fruits and the good stuff, marshmallows.


Bearded Dragon

Native to Australia, bearded dragons, are an exceptional reptile to have around and at functions. Their personalities are low keyed and they love every one of all ages. Plus the kids get to meet a real live “Dragon.”


Gray short-tailed opossum

The gray short-tailed opossum (Monodelphis domestica) is a small South American member of the Didelphidae family of opossums. It was the first marsupial to have its genome sequenced. The opossum is used as a research model in science, and is also frequently found in the exotic pet trade. It is also known as the Brazilian opossum, rainforest opossum and in a research setting the laboratory opossum.



The kinkajou (Potos flavus) is a rainforest mammal of the family Procyonidae related to olingos, coatis, raccoons, and the ringtail and cacomistle. It is the only member of the genus Potos and is also known as the "honey bear" (a name that it shares with the sun bear). Kinkajous may be mistaken for ferrets or monkeys, but are not closely related to either. Native to Central America and South America, this mostly frugivorous, arboreal mammal is not an endangered species, though it is seldom seen by people because of its strict nocturnal habits. However, they are hunted for the pet trade, for their fur (to make wallets and horse saddles) and for their meat.


Goffin Cockatoo

The Tanimbar corella (Cacatua goffiniana) also known as Goffin's cockatoo or Goffin's corella, is a species of cockatoo endemic to forests of Yamdena, Larat and Selaru, all islands in the Tanimbar Islands archipelago in Indonesia. The species has been introduced at the Kai Islands, Indonesia, Puerto Rico and Singapore. This species was only formally described in 2004.



A wallaby is a small- or mid-sized macropod found in Australia and New Guinea. They belong to the same taxonomic family as kangaroos and sometimes the same genus, but kangaroos are specifically categorised into the six largest species of the family.


French Lop Rabbits

The French Lop Rabbit was first bred in France around 1850 and established in France as a rabbit for meat during the mid-19th century. It is believed to have been produced by crossing two existing breeds, the English Lop and the Butterfly Rabbit of France. The Butterfly Rabbit is still bred in France and can be seen at the Grand Prix Show in Paris. This rabbit closely resembles our Flemish Giant of today, but is shorter in body length and weighs approximately 15 pounds.


Angora Rabbits

The Angora rabbit (Turkish: Ankara tavsani) is a variety of domestic rabbit bred for its long, soft wool. The Angora is one of the oldest types of domestic rabbit, originating in Ankara (historically known as Angora), present day Turkey, along with the Angora cat and Angora goat.



A pig is any of the animals in the genus Sus, within the Suidae family of even-toed ungulates. Pigs include the domestic pig and its ancestor, the common Eurasian wild boar (Sus scrofa), along with other species; related creatures outside the genus include the peccary, the babirusa, and the warthog. Pigs, like all suids, are native to the Eurasian and African continents. Juvenile pigs are known as piglets. Pigs are omnivores and are highly social and intelligent animals.



Chinchillas are crepuscular (most active around dawn and dusk) rodents, slightly larger and more robust than ground squirrels. They are native to the Andes mountains in South America and live in colonies called "herds" at high altitudes up to 4,270 metres (14,000 ft). Historically, chinchillas lived in the Andes of Bolivia, Peru, and Chile, but today colonies in the wild remain only in Peru and Chile at altitudes of over 5000m


We are a budding business constantly changing as we grow. There are many new and exciting animals that are not listed above. We do take in some recues and misplaced animals.  All of our ambasssadors were either from homes that could no longer care for them or raised by us from babies.

There is no guarantee all the animals can make it. Our ambasssadors have bad days just like you and I.  In the event that happens they will have a substitute fill in for them.