For the upcoming birthday party that you have to plan, you were kind of thinking that it would be nice to do something a bit different, maybe something out of the ordinary. We understand completely. And we have just the thing for you. You have not seen delight in a child's eyes until you have seen them interact with animals from a petting zoo. Picture this. The children show up to your party and all come around the corner only to be presented with a pen in the back yard with all of these amazing animals. Your son or daughter locks eyes with the baby goat and suddenly they are in heaven. In fact, all of the kids are so ready for this experience, petting them, loving on them and sometimes even getting to feed them. There is truly nothing that compares with this experience. We realize that this is probably not a search that you have ever had to conduct before so we want to help you as much as we possibly can. So, with that in mind, we have put together this guide that should help you find professional quality petting zoos in the Bakersfield area. It will even take your search to the next level by helping you determine which petting zoo is the perfect fit for your birthday party.
Your first aim should be to come up with some petting zoo candidates. There are a couple of ways to do this. The world wide web is going to be your prime research tool. Do a Google search for “mobile petting zoos in the Bakersfield area.” Start combing the websites of the various petting zoos and read up on what they offer and especially look at the pictures posted. If everything seems to be of a high quality, make note of their contact information. Your family, friends and coworkers are also a potentially amazing source. Find out if anyone you know has ever rented a petting zoo before. Find out how the experience was. Can they recommend the vendor? If so, add the vendor name to your list to check out. Call up each name on your list and find out if they have your date open on their calendar. If they do, then find out a date and time that you can meet to talk about the possibilities.
There are some very important questions that you will want to ask each petting zoo provider that you meet with. First of all, safety needs to be top of mind. Are the animals very tame? Have they ever had an incident where an animal went wild or hurt a child? Do they care for their animals in a very high quality way.? Are they licensed and insured? The answer needs to be yes, they should be carrying all of the necessary USDA licenses. Just because someone lives out in the country and has some animals does not mean that they can operate a petting zoo. In what ways will the children be allowed to interact with the animals? Are the attendants very good at keeping control of everyone including the animals and the kids? Will the kids be able to feed the animals? What about brushing the animals? Ask for references of past clients. Will your backyard have enough space to setup the petting zoo? How long does it take to setup the petting zoo? What will your yard look like when the animals are removed? Have them do a rundown for you of the types of animals that will be there? Are all of the animals vaccinated, dewormed, groomed, trimmed and bathed regularly? How much do they charge? Is it by the hour? After you have conducted all of your interviews, you should be able to make an informed hire.