If you really want the kids to have an absolute blast at the birthday party that you are planning, then consider renting the services of a petting zoo. There are truly few things in this world that are sweeter than seeing little children surrounded by tame animals. Depending on the petting farm that you rent, the kids will get to interact with many kinds of animals including ponies, pigs, goats, sheep, chickens, cows and rabbits. But some zoos have unique animals as well like llamas, alpaca, emu and donkeys. Not only will the kids enjoy petting and watching the animals, they will also learn fun facts about the animals and their habitat and behavior patterns. Let's face it, kids and animals are a perfect fit in everyway. Obviously, though, we are talking about kids so you want to make sure that everything is safe and done above board. So, with that in mind, you need to conduct an investigation around the Reno area for potential candidates. This guide should help you in identifying quality candidates as well as finding that one vendor who you want to work you.
So, you are probably wondering, how do you go about finding petting zoos that you want to take a deeper look into? Well, we suggest that you start by harnessing the power of the world wide web. Do a Google search for “petting zoos in the Reno area.” Take the list that you receive and start clicking on each link. Take a look at the pictures of what the vendor has setup in the past. Do you like what you see? Also, read the information that each vendor provides about what safety precautions they take and how they take care of the animals. When you are satisfied with what you see, write down their name and contact information and start keeping a list of potential zoos that you want to check into further at a later time. The people around you everyday are also a great potential source. Start talking to your family, friends and coworkers about whether they have ever experienced a petting zoo. If they have, would they recommend it. If so, then get the name and information. Once you have a nice list going, start calling each candidate and see if they would be available for your birthday date. If they are, setup a time to talk about your needs and their ability to fill those needs.
There are some really specific questions that you need to ask of any vendor that you interview. This is a very important choice you are going to be making especially since it is connected to kids. The first thing that we are sure you had on your mind and that was certainly on ours is who will clean up after the animals. Let's face it, there is a pretty good possibility that something might happen so you need to make sure that the provider will clean up anything left by the animals. Are they licensed by the USDA? Do they carry insurance for your protection? Find out what the children will be allowed to do with the animals? Petting is always popular. What about brushing or feeding? How safe is this experience? How much is this going to cost you? How long will the petting zoo be setup in your yard? What separates their company from other providers? When you feel really good about a particular candidate, then it is time to hire your very own petting zoo. The kids are going to absolutely love this.