CLOSE-UP: The petting zoo is popular at Yeppoon Show.
CLOSE-UP: The petting zoo is popular at Yeppoon Show. Contributed

Children meet and cuddle zoo animals at annual Yeppoon Show

THE ever-popular Johnson Park Petting Zoo will again be a top favourite with both young and old patrons at The Pines 61st annual Yeppoon Show on June 6 and 7.

Secretary Desley Rial said the society was indebted to Yeppoon Community Markets Association for again fully sponsoring this extremely popular free attraction.

The petting zoo this year will be in three sections, the first section will be for small animals that can be cuddled, petted and fed by small children, the second section is for the medium-sized animals suitable for the bigger children and "young-at-heart" adults, and the third part will contain a pet cow and pony for feeding through the fence.

There will also be alpaca mothers with their young as well.

Karen Johnson, owner of the petting zoo, said this week there would be an excellent variety of animals able to be petted including alpacas, goats, lambs, chickens and pigs as well as a young cow and a pony. She she planned to add to the variety in the weeks leading up to the show.

Steven and Brooke Johnson, Karen's son and daughter, assisted by their friends, are responsible for running the petting zoo and are real professionals.

"They do the full management of the display," Karen said.

"They love the responsibility and relate well to patrons as well as playing an important part in educating them about the animals and their care."



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