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Westland Ranch (owned and operated by Becky West) and Ponies & Pals (owned and operated by Lisa Whaley) are two of the most sought after petting zoo companies in the North Texas area and have been collectively providing animal entertainment services for over 30 years.  In an effort to further enhance our product and service models, we have formed a collaborative partnership that we believe will provide the most affordable, quality family entertainment experience for adults and children alike. It is our mission to utilize our combined resources to provide a comprehensive, interactive animal entertainment experience in a clean, healthy, and safe environment for our patrons.



Interactive Petting Zoo

The majority of our animals live together in the same environment at home. This allows us let them roam together in the petting zoo safely so that patrons may interact with them freely. Certain situations, of course, require some animals to be contained in a separate, yet accessible, enclosure. We offer the sales of feed as an option, and buckets full of brushes are staged along the fence line so that visitors may "groom" the animals.


Pony Carousels

Animal Connection offers 4 and 6 pony carousels. We have very strict safety standards for our pony rides and the ponies used are gentle shetlands that have proven reliable while operating in a fair/festival environment.

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Educational Animal Show

Coming Soon!

Lemurs and parrots and porcupines... Oh my! Provide the experience of a lifetime for patrons as they interact with our exotic animals and headline in our comedy show. Life can be funny, but it can be even funnier with the unexpected reactions that are produced in this one of a kind exotic animal experience. Whether its witnessing an imaginary race with the tortoise, getting an up-close glimpse into the red eyes of an albino wallaby, or guessing the number of quills on our porcupine, this informational and comedic show will provide children with memories for a lifetime.


Zebu Bull Photo Booth

Coming soon!

Our gentle, Miniature Zebu Bull will allow children to mount and have their photos taken. Hats, vests, and chaps are provided for the photos.

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