LIMA — While Ohio has its fair share of wildlife, there are some animals that you simply may not anticipate to cross paths with on any given day.
All that adjustments at the Allen County Fair, nevertheless, as fair-goers have the alternative to stand up close and private with some exotic species from round the world. Animal lovers who need the probability to feed a camel or maintain a child kangaroo can head to the Jungle Island Zoo, which is tucked away in the Roschmann Park space of the fairgrounds.
Smiles have been in abundance at the petting zoo’s tent Tuesday, as patrons younger and outdated fed the animals on show and took pictures.
Kim Osting, who owns Jungle Island Zoo together with her husband Ben, mentioned it’s an particularly thrilling expertise for younger youngsters who might not have had many probabilities to see a few of these species earlier than.
“A lot of the animals they’ve never seen, and they can jump right up and pet them,” Osting mentioned.
In addition to the extra exotic species, there are additionally some animals with which native residents is perhaps extra acquainted.
“We bring all different types of exotic animals — camels, kangaroos, reindeer, large tortoises…” Osting mentioned. “And of course we have some different types of sheep and goats, alpacas, and more of your farm-type animals.”
For these on the lookout for an particularly immersive expertise, there are a few alternatives to even go into the cage. In addition to the petting zoo, Jungle Island’s exhibit options an enclosed hen encounter the place visitors have the alternative to work together with a number of hundred parakeets.
“We have around 350 parakeets. You can go in and feed them, and they land on you,” Osting mentioned.
For $10 per particular person, visitors can spring for the “Kangaroo Kuddle,” granting the probability to go inside the enclosure and to even maintain a child kangaroo. The price consists of feed for the kangaroos, in addition to the alternative to have a photograph taken with the animals.
Jungle Island Zoo will stay open from midday to 9 p.m. for the period of this yr’s fair. Admission to the petting zoo is free, and feed might be bought for a small price.