Lexington resident runs mobile petting zoo to educate public about animals

Posted 12/1/23

A Lexington resident has turned her love for animals into an educational business.

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Lexington resident runs mobile petting zoo to educate public about animals


A Lexington resident has turned her love for animals into an educational business.

Twin Farms, owned and operated by Bianca Greer, is a mobile petting zoo that often visits schools, assisted living centers, parties, churches and more. Greer told the Chronicle she wants to help teach those she visits about the animals.

She started the business in November of last year but didn’t have her first event until January. Now, she is doing roughly three events a week. As to where she’ll take the petting zoo, Greer said as long as Google Maps says it’s within an hour in any direction, she’s willing to do it.

Previously a dog groomer, Greer had experience with animals before and remained in the profession until she had her twin girls. She shared that after having her children she was unable to go work 60 hours a week and was walking through her yard one day looking at her animals, and that’s where the idea for a mobile petting zoo began.

Featured in the zoo are guinea pigs, a rabbit, chickens, goats, sheep, a miniature horse, a cow, a pig and more. Greer said what event or package she is doing determines which animals will be present, with there typically being 10-15 present.

She said it takes work to get the animals ready for events.

“I have a donkey that I adopted from a livestock sale and he's got a mind of his own and I don't really trust him yet with kids so he's still at the house getting some work put in,” Greer said. “For the most part, they do pretty well once they realize, ‘Hey, if I go these people are going to feed me.’”

When it comes to setting up for her events, she said she likes to get the animals there at least an hour early to give them a chance to decompress before people begin coming and petting them. Greer emphasized that her animals are the most important thing at her events and that she will only do events that last about two hours to ensure they remain happy and comfortable.

The owner said if an animal is having an off day while at a planned event, she has no problem putting the animal up and making sure that they and everyone else are safe. She shared an experience when she had to put up her pig because she started getting pushy with the other animals, as she was fed despite it being against the rules.

“I felt really bad but I put her back in her little crate house and I put her back in the trailer and in the, she laid down and I checked on her every couple minutes,” the owner said. “Her safety and the kids' safety at the event was of the utmost importance. So while it's sad that not everyone got to see her. I have no problem giving them a break.”

Greer said one challenge she faces is navigating the fine line between making sure people are having a good time while keeping the events educational, adding there is often a lack of basic agriculture and animal information among the public. She said that she’s had children ask if a brown cow gives chocolate milk and if a cow is the parent of one of the baby goats.

“I just want to encourage people to educate themselves on animals before they purchase them. Whether that's even a dog you know, from my grooming experience, to livestock.,” Greer said. “There are a lot of us who are always here and more than happy to help with that.”

“I would literally take a call from anybody, any stranger, and help them with an animal rather than you know, be afraid or neglect an animal,” she added.


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