Meet the Zoo Crew!

Meet the crew that makes our zoo go ’round! We are so very appreciative of each of our team members and what they have to offer to our business.

Dennis Bacque
President & Owner

Dennis and his wife, Marilyn, bought the property in the early 90's in hopes of a peaceful retirement. Their love of animals quickly turned the retirement into an around-the-clock job. Today, he enjoys watching all of his hard work come to fruition with the help of his family and some very loyal team members. His guidance and perseverance play a huge role in our day-to-day operations!

Marilyn Bacque

Marilyn is probably the closest being to Snow White you'll find in real life. Her connection to animals is something truly remarkable. Marilyn especially loves taking in and caring for any little babies when they need special attention, this allows her to create an unbreakable bond. These days, she's most likely running the day-to-day errands, but on busy weekends, you'll still be charmed by her sweet character in the gift shop!

Donavan Trahan
Co-Owner and Manager

Donavan is the son of Dennis and Marilyn, the owners! He has dedicated the better half of his life to the park, having first started as a Ranch Hand in 2001. Consistently taking on more hats, Donavan has graduated to General Manager and Co-Owner as he takes on each aspect of the business in stride. His dedication to the animals, our patrons and the park's success is a huge factor in who we are today.

Kayli Trahan
Assistant Manager

Kayli started giving Guided Tours back in 2012, as a mere 14-year-old. Working through summers, weekends and holidays, she graduated with a business degree from Sam Houston State University in the spring of 2020. This allowed her to come back to the park full-time and assist her family with all things ZOO! You'll find Kayli running anything from marketing and social media to mucking stalls or assisting with vet care. On busy holidays or weekend, you may even snag her as your tour guide. Buckle up for a wild ride with Kayli!

Donna McManus
Tour Guide

Donna joined our zoo crew in September of 2009. She quickly took on any and all sorts of projects we throw at her! Her job title is a Tour Guide, however, she's not afraid to get dirty with the Ranch Hands on the ground level. We are so appreciative of her dedication and willingness to take care of any project. Customers always leave with a fond memory from Donna, as she really is one of the most charismatic people ever!

Nicole Scheisl
Tour Guide

Nicole took on all things zoo back in 2016. Over the years, she's proven her dedication and knowledge by continuing to take on responsibility here at the park. Currently, she lives on-site with her husband so that she can attend to our overnight visitors, but during the day she has no problem going 90mph to make sure all projects are completed and all animals are attended to. We are so thankful for her and the asset she is to our team!

Logan Cantwell
Lead Ranch Hand

Logan is THE guy when it comes to any sort of maintenance or animal care. He can operate any sort of equipment or machinery to take on heavy projects, then turn around and be the most tedious and careful with the small jobs. He is dedicated to helping our park grow to the best it can be while providing amazing animal care and creating unique memories for visitors. We couldn't be prouder to have him as our lead Ranch Hand!

Gabby Martinez
Ranch Hand & Tour Guide

Gabby is one of the most well-rounded zoo crew members. She is technically a Ranch Hand, but also trained in the gift shop and as a Tour Guide. This means, you may find Gabby welding out in the pasture... or, you may be lucky enough to be charmed by her on a Guided Tour. Gabby is an incredible asset and we're so lucky to have her as a member of our zoo family.

Logan Giles
Ranch Hand

Logan became a Ranch Hand in the Fall of 2019. He is a true animal whisperer and thoroughly enjoys getting to work with such beautiful creatures. When he's not cuddling an animal, he's doing all the odds and ends that make this place run. Logan is the kindest person you'll ever meet, and we are thrilled to have him aboard! Having this old soul as a member of our team, makes all the hard work a little sweeter.

Tuesdey Nesby
Tour Guide

Tuesdey is one of the sweetest people to ever join our crew! Having been here just a few months, she's already received rave reviews from our visitors. Her outgoing and bubbly personality is so charming, and we are sure you'd love to take a tour with her as your guide. Tuesdey is eager to learn, and we have so much to teach her! You'll enjoy a tour from Tuesdey on the weekeds, as she is finishing up her degree and juggling her kiddos during the week!

Olivia Trahan
Tour Guide

Olivia is part of the family, and she just started giving tours! Having grown up at the park, she knows all the odds and ends. She may be young, but Olivia definitely knows her stuff when it comes to these animals and how to have an incredible experience at the park. She is currently a senior in high school, so we enjoy her help on the weekends!

Tammy Norris
Tour Guide

Miss Tammy is technically retired... However, she just could not stay away. Seriously, she was kind enough to offer her assistance again due to the nationwide staffing shortage. Tammy is a member of the OG Zoo Crew, having first became a Tour Guide in the 90's. She is one of our go-to gals and we are so excited to have her back for a bit. You'll be charmed by her knowledge and sweet, genuine presence!

Alli Duecker
Tour Guide

Alli has grown up around exotics and has plenty of hands-on experience. When she asked about our available positions, it was a no-brainer for us. We are eager to help grow her skills as an asset of the team, and we are so thankful she chose our park to join! Alli has no problem getting hands-on with the animals, messy doing field work or catering to each individual customer's needs. You'll enjoy Alli's company on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays.

Korah Beth Bizzell
Tour Guide

Korah Beth, or KB, enjoyed coming to our park as a little girl. As a highschooler, she has joined our family part-time! She is eager to learn and help with all things zoo, and we are very excited to have her on the team! You can catch a tour from her on the weekends!

Emma Gillmer
Tour Guide

Miss Emma is the newest member of our team! She currently resides in Austin but is eager to become a member of the small community here in Johnson City. She has a passion for animals like no other and was drawn to our park over social media. We fell in love with her sweet personality and are super excited to train her as an excellent member of the Zoo Crew. You'll find Emma hard at work any Sunday. Monday, Tuesday or Thursday!

We are open EVERY DAY!

The only days that the Exotic Resort Zoo is closed is Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Contact Us

235 Zoo Trail - Johnson City, Texas 78636

Phone: (830)868-4357

Guided Tours are BACK!

We offer one-of-a-kind Guided Tours (tractor ride) through the park. You may buy tickets online or in-house for this experience! Typical wait time for a Guided Tour is about 30 minutes in the petting zoo. However, they are definitely worth the wait for a unique experience!

If you are interested in the Drive-Thru (your vehicle) option, you must buy tickets online to reserve a spot. Just click the ‘Buy Tickets’ option & proceed!