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Frequently Asked Questions
- Q: Is Wild Hearts African Farm Humane Certified™?
A: YES! As of 2019, Wild Hearts African Farm is the first and only Humane Certified™ zoo in Ohio. The Humane Certified certification mark is owned by, and used under agreement with, American Humane Association, a non-profit organization founded in 1877. For information about the Humane Certified program, visit www.americanhumane.org.
- Q: Can we visit anytime?
A: Wild Hearts African Farm & Petting Zoo is available to visit by appointment only. A tour guide will walk you around the property to see the animals. We are also operating our Mobile Zoo, and are currently booking tours around that schedule. Call us at 937-416-5520.
- Q: Who do we make check payments and donations out to?
A: Please make out checks to Wild Hearts Zoological Society is our legal business name.
- Q: Are you a 501c3 non-profit?
A: Yes we are. Our EIN Tax ID number for Wild Hearts Zoological Society is 46-5750211.
- Q: What kind of animals will we see at Wild Hearts African Farm & Petting Zoo?
A: We are home to over 80 animals and over 30 species, ranging from domesticated livestock such as cows, donkeys and Nigerian Dwarf Goats, to native wildlife such as owls, hawks and an eagle, as well as exotic animals such as ostrich, African tortoises, an African sand cat, African black-backed jackals and porcupines, Patagonian cavies, hedgehogs and geckos.
- Q: Do you have dangerous animals like lions, tigers, bears or venomous snakes?
A: We do not have and we do not plan to ever house dangerous animals.
- Q: Will we get to feed or touch the animals in the petting zoo?
A: We encourage it! Not every animal is touchable, and the tour guide will explain what animals you can touch. Touchable animals include our Patagonian Maras, tortoises, goats, ducks, lizards, and more!
- Q: Are you handicap accessible?
A: We have a handicap accessible boardwalk from our driveway that stretches around our pond and through 1/3 of our Petting Zoo allowing for numerous animal viewing opportunities. However, this is a working farm and there are a variety of uneven surfaces such as gravel, grass and mulch that are common on our property.
- Q: What is your farm producing?
A: Wild Hearts is a USDA APHIS licensed facility. Currently we produce corn, soybeans, apples, hibiscus flowers, porcupine quills (naturally shed), ostrich feathers (naturally shed), goat kids and duck eggs.
- Q: Where are you located?
A: We are located at 8079 Salem Rd. Lewisburg, Ohio 45338.
- Q; Where do we park? Beginning in 2023, parking will be in front of our new Education Center at 7010 Jordan Rd right behind our pond.
- Q: What is your mission?
A: Wild Hearts African Farm & Petting Zoo’s mission is to make a positive impact on wildlife conservation both locally and globally through unique educational experiences while providing a fun and recreational resource for our community.
- Q: Are you members of a professional organization?
A: Professionalism is highly important to us. Our ten year plan includes becoming an accredited organization, which is a long process. Amanda Badger has been a professional member of the Zoological Association of America since January 2015. Additionally, Wild Hearts is Humane Certified™.
- Q: Don’t animals belong in the wild?
A: Absolutely. Animals are a crucial part of the wild and ecosystem. They are a crucial part of our lives as pets, as working animals and as food for people and other animals all over the world. Wildlife around the world are facing difficult times including human-wildlife conflict, poaching, habitat loss and climate change. We believe that it is equally as crucial to help wildlife by protecting their environments, raising awareness for their cause, and ending the trafficking of their ivory, horns and other body parts. It’s a complex situation, but we all can make a difference! Sending animals to the wild without proper resources is like releasing a fish into a dry lake. You released it, but what did you achieve?