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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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!
Becca is the most adventurous and animal-loving soul there is. She became a Tour Guide in the Spring of 2021, left for a few months to travel the States by renovated RV, and has since made her way home. Becca is always down for a tough task or touring guests around the park. She’s kind and bubbly, so sure to charm you upon arrival. We are beyond blessed by her dedication to the park!
Brande is our one and only housekeepin’ queen! She is one of the most flexible team members, as our bookings are always random. Not only does she do an incredible job, but this chick accomplishes more than most in limited time. She shows up time and time again, always with a smile on her face! We are so thankful for her hard work and lucky to have such a thoughtful and thorough housekeeper on our team.
Morgan Smith is often referred to as 'Mo' around here! She recently joined our team as a Tour Guide and we've been loving her awesome personality! We've been so excited watching her become more and more confident in her spunky role here at the park. She is eager to learn and we are excited to watch her grow. If you want to catch a ride with her, you'll find her typiclly on the back half of the week!
Morgan Burke is brand new to the zoo! She's still learning how to drive tours, so for now her job consists of the gift shop and giraffe duty! She is probably one of the kindest people you'll ever meet and we are so happy to have her. Until she graduates high school, Morgan is helping out on weekends. But hopefully, full time is in her future soon!
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