Exotic animal show takes over the Heritage Park Petting farm this weekend

The Heritage Park Petting Farm welcomes back the popular Whispering Pines exotic animal show from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 1, and Sunday, May 2.

There are exciting, new animals to see. Appearing for the first time will be an African serval cat, which is an ancestor of the lion with the common traits of a cheetah. Everyone will get the chance to see a wallaroo, which is a blend of a wallaby and kangaroo.

Gia, who is a female camel, will visit along with Gunther, who has always been a favorite. Camel rides will be available for a fee.

There will be a menagerie of other animals ranging from a two-toed sloth to a spotted skunk. There are opportunities to learn about life on the “wild” side from the experts that take care of these beautiful creatures. Reptiles also will be there in a separate exhibit on the farm grounds.

There will be a corral of goats, sheep, llamas and alpacas ready for petting and photographing.

Flutterby Faces will help turn children into exotic creatures with her face-painting skills for an additional fee. There will be coloring sheets for children to make in the classroom. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

The Petting Farm is located on the northeast corner of Northline and Pardee roads. If the parking lot is filled, park in the parking near the Sheridan Community Center at 12111 Pardee Road and take the FREE shuttle to the front door of the Petting Farm Visitor Center.

Regular admission prices apply. For further information, please call the farm at (734) 374-5946.