At Tanque Verde Therapeutic Zoo, Inc, our mission is simple: To provide a place for discovery, education and animal assisted activities . We welcome groups to come and learn about our animals, interact with them and experience all of the sensory input that our natural setting can provide.
We have hosted guests from schools, churches, group homes and have a petting zoo open the public every 1st and 3rd Sat and Sun of the month. It costs $6 for anyone 5 and up and $4 for kids under 5. Our small, family owned and operated business is our link to the community. We invite everyone to visit, meet and learn about our animals and our hopes for the future of the ranch.
Our goal is to raise funds to provide scholarships for those who who cannot afford to pay. Please contact us to donate to this scholarship fund . We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, so your donation is fully deductible on your federal taxes.
Our natural outdoor setting is accessible to all and we can tailor programs to fit any need, including those with limited mobility, sight impairments and assistive devices!
From simple tactile interactions to assisting with long term goals, our animals are here to help. We foster relationships that can benefit our guests both physically and emotionally.
Meaningful interactions with animals can have many benefits:
- Social interaction – some folks find talking to others easier around animals.
- Stress relief – petting and caring for animals is calming.
- Physical exercise – feeding, brushing and visiting everyone at the ranch.
- Motivation – the very thought of visiting the critters is positive for many folks!
- Care providers also benefit from visiting our animals.
We welcome school groups and clubs! Come and learn about the animals in our Zoo. Teachers, we provide specific information about our animals and their care so you can incorporate into your lesson plan!
Please contact us with questions or to schedule a visit. Please consider a donation. Even small amounts help and will be well utilized. Thank you!
About the owners:
Susan and Clint Elliott have worked in the social service field for decades. We combine our love of helping people with our love of animals to create a place where our guests’ lives are enhanced in the most wonderful ways. Our role as hosts is to manage the animal/guest interactions and to facilitate and encourage self-chosen activities.
Most of our animals were raised by our five daughters, so they crave attention from people. All are part of a highly successful, educational petting zoo that we founded 2 years ago. This experience has convinced us that our animals possess the necessary qualities for successful interactions in educational and therapeutic settings.