About the Tours and Petting Zoo...
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Unlike many elk farms, we welcome the public at Rosse Posse Acres.
Brenda loves people, and she loves to give people the "five-dollar tour" of our
farm. Her tours are very informative, educational, and entertaining: informative as she
describes to you how the ranch works and interesting facts we've learned along
the way about elk; educational as she presents on antler growth, ivory teeth,
and other facts about elk; and entertaining as she spices up the tour with anecdotes about
calving, antler removal, and the rut. The tour includes:
- Tour of the handling facility and barn
The tour begins with an educational lecture in the barn.
We discuss the difference between antlers and horns, the antler development
life cycle, antler uses, and other interesting antler facts. There are
many sets of antlers on display in our barn. We also talk about elk
ivory teeth, what they are used for, and demonstrate the difference between
a bull's ivory teeth and a cow's ivory teeth. We have spike antlers,
antler burls, ivory teeth, and hooves that we pass around so our guests can
learn by touching.
Next we tour the handling facility (we call it "Elkatraz") and show you the hydraulic
squeeze chute and pens that we use to handle our elk. At this point in
the tour we lay down the rules for going out and seeing the elk: No sticking
your hands through the fence!
- Bring the elk up close with grain: great opportunity to take pictures!
After the barn tour we move out to the pasture where the elk
are. Watch as they come running to the call of "candy" as Brenda
serves them up some whole oats (an elk favorite!). Spend some time
watching and learning the sounds, smells, and moods of elk. Our paved
walking trail ensures everybody can get close to the elk, even the
- Petting Zoo: kids love it!
you've gotten your fill of elk, it's the kids' turn to visit the petting
zoo. We have very friendly, small
animals to love on including pygmy goats, miniature donkeys, a miniature horse, and chickens.
Children love to run around the petting zoo chasing goats and climbing
on tree stumps.
Because we're concerned with your safety and health, we have
an ample supply of hand sanitizer that we insist each guest uses before
and after visiting the petting zoo.
PLEASE NOTE: We do NOT allow petting
of the elk in our petting zoo for several reasons, including the health of
our elk as well as insurance reasons. The public is NOT ALLOWED to
touch or handle our elk. Please understand this rule. Our small
barnyard animals will try their best to accommodate your need to pet
- Gift Shop
Our tour ends with a
visit to our gift shop. We have all sorts of knick-knacks for sale
including antler necklaces, earrings, belt buckles, bolo ties, t-shirts,
etc. We also sell elk jerky, pepperoni, and elk meat. Perhaps
most importantly, this is where our public restroom is located.
The tour usually runs approximately 45 minutes to an hour, but can be as long
or as short as you like.
Tours are active when you see the white yard signs up in the driveway.
If you'd like to schedule a private tour, just call or Email us and we can
arrange a date and time that is convenient for both of us.
The charge is just $5.00 per person. The elk farm tour is especially conducive to large groups such as
schools, special interest groups, and retirement centers. If your group
would be interested in combining an elk farm tour with some other activity (such
as arts & crafts, sack lunch, etc.), then please call us to discuss what you have in mind.
We have a large oak grove that is wonderful for Summertime activities. If
the weather is inclement, then we can arrange the barn to facilitate your needs.
We look forward to working with you and hosting your next group event.