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Triple H Ranch Zoo showcases around 200 animals

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FLOYD COUNTY (KWWL) -

Tortoises, red foxes, a camel and even a cross between a zebra and a donkey. All can be found at Triple H Ranch Zoo located west of Nashua. The zoo is operated by Manda Slessor.

"We're family-owned. My daughter and I do all the work around here and then we have friends that help, and we also have a lot of volunteers," said Manda Slessor.

Slessor grew up on a farm and has always loved animals.

"I'd beg to go to zoos to see animals other than farm animals because I like those too, and you could never touch them," said Slessor.

Slessor wanted to develop a hands-on, educational experience for children, which is exactly what she's done.

Triple H Ranch Zoo features more than 30 species of animals. There are farm animals, native Iowa animals and even exotic animals. Slessor has federal and state licenses to have all these animals.

One of her newest additions is a five-month old spider monkey. In the near future, Manda Slessor hopes to move to expand her zoo.

"We only have 10 acres here. There's not a lot of room to grow and we'd like to be able to have bigger pastures and pens for animals. We're limited here, and anybody who has a pet they always want nicer things for their animals," she said.

The zoo offers walk throughs and interactive tours for families and school groups. One of the main goals is to help children learn more about animals and to respect them.

"We're very special. Not many places are you able to hold an arctic fox, touch a spider monkey, feed a baby deer," said Manda Slessor.

Before visiting Triple H Ranch Zoo, you're asked to make a reservation. You can do that by calling Manda at 641-330-4280. Visits are available between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The cost is $6 for a walk through or for an interactive tour it's $15 for adults and less for children.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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