Elliemae and friends is a mobile petting zoo and pony ride service dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating animals in need. Our mission is to "Rehabilitate and Educate! "We specialize in children's birthday parties, VBS, small community events, fundraisers, etc. All our critters have a unique story. Each and every animal in our petting zoo is healthy, happy, and can offer unconditional love to young and old. Our main pony " Zap" was rescued in Idaho and has been with us for over 20 years! he is a bomb proof pony and a joy to ride.
We travel to many areas but may be limited on distance during summer months. The health and well-being of our animals are of utmost importance.
We first booked Ellie Mae and friends a few years ago for my son's birthday. This is the most awesome party I have ever been a part of. The animals are wonderful, Sylvia is full of knowledge about the animals, compassion and the kids adore her. It's a great time to just be outside with family and friends with animals that let you feed them and pet them. We also used them for a bible school end of the week party at our church. This is always a success. Sylvia makes sure everything is perfect and the kids love her!!! Will continue this tradition of doing this as long as she has animals!!! Thanks Sylvia you are the BEST!
wow! These critters are so amazing. Healthy, happy and very cuddly. You can tell they are very well cared for and loving all the attention at the petting zoo. I've never been more impressed. The owner is a saint to rescue and rehabilitate these once desperate critters. Kudos!!! I will hire them again and again!!!!
Words can't express how much fun everyone had at my daughter's birthday party! Sylvia was wonderful and such an inspiration! She was excellent with all the kids and very patient! You can tell how much her animals mean to her and can feel the love the animals have for her! We will definitely be booking more events with Sylvia!! Thank you for an unforgettable birthday and all the fun! Can't wait for futrue events!
Response from Elliemae and Friends:
Wow... Thank you!! You were an inspiration to me as well. Your geldings were beautiful, happy and healthy!!! I wish you luck with the new "little guy". Your daughter is sure to have many years of fun with him.
We booked a party for my younger sister and we were very satisfied, the owner takes great care of her animals and trains them well.
when we booked Elliemae and friends we never expected to have our best party ever .everyone who came said it was exceptional !!! the animals were beautiful loving and well adjusted . the little children held pet the animals with excitement ,and all the animals were calm .it was simply amazing.Sylvia is exceptional with her animals.we found out they are all rescues which makes it all the better .what a wonderful experience for all involved .if you have the chance book a party you will only be beyond satisfied . we also made a friend for LIFE
Price Range: $0-15 miles no fee, 15+ call for quote
Gig Length: 60 - 240 minutes
Phone Number: Call
What to Expect
Depending on the size of your party or event, we will bring age appropriate animals for our petting zoo. We provide everything needed to offer a hands on, interactive experience.
We offer a few sizes of ponies for riding. Our large pony can accommodate weights of up to 200 lbs . Our minis are simply adorable and are wonderful for ages 3-7 or up to 70 lbs. Pony rides are "hand lead" by a designated pony walker. We do not use any carousel devices !
Feed and treats for the animals are provided., as well as hand cleaner and wipes.
The petting zoo corral is lightweight and adjustable. Space is rarely an issue. We do ask that your try to provide a shaded, grassy area for the petting zoo set up.
Weather is always a concern. For light rain a pop up canopy will be provided. For more sever weather , at times, we may have smaller , younger animals that can be brought indoors. Should this option not be available, we suggest having a back up plan.
Nestled in the foothills of NC Elliemae and Friends rescues all kinds of neglected, abused and unwanted animals. After rehabilitation and socialization most of the animals become loving pets and are wonderful to be around children and adults of all ages.
Past Booked Events
|April 01, 2018 • 10:00am - 2:00pm||Easter event|
|March 31, 2018 • 10:00am - 2:00pm||Easter event|
|October 28, 2017 • 12:00pm - 5:00pm||booked|
|October 22, 2017 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm||booked|
|October 21, 2017 • 12:00pm - 5:00pm||booked|
|October 14, 2017 • 10:00am - 2:00pm||booked|
|September 20, 2014||Birthday Party|
|June 21, 2014||Religious Celebration|
We provide all the equipment to contain the animals. The petting zoo requires a grass or dirt area for set up. For the safety of the animals during hot weather shade must be provided. This could be a shady spot under some trees or large enough canopy.
Some of the larger animlas in the petting zoo will require having the truck and trailer parked next to the petting zoo pen.