Peek-A-Boo Petting Zoo celebrates success

BY JAMI MURPHY
Former Reporter
10/28/2015 12:00 PM
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Cherokee Nation citizen Jill Gates – who owns the Peek-A-Boo Petting Zoo in Paradise Hill, Oklahoma – helps children from Grand View School with animals during their field trip in October. JAMI MURPHY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Summer Cochran, a 4-year-old Grand View School student, holds a hedgehog at Peek-A-Boo Petting Zoo in Paradise Hill, Oklahoma, during a school field trip in October. JAMI MURPHY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Customers wait to pay during a visit at the Peek-A-Boo Petting Zoo in Paradise Hill, Oklahoma. The zoo is located about 25 miles south of Tahlequah in Sequoyah County near Gore. JAMI MURPHY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
PARADISE HILL, Okla. – Peek-A-Boo Petting Zoo in Sequoyah County celebrated its third anniversary earlier this year. It’s owned by Will and Jill Gates, a Cherokee Nation citizen, and offers 25 animal exhibits with 18 different species and more than 100 animals to see, pet and feed.

The zoo is located about 25 miles south of Tahlequah in Sequoyah County near Gore and has been open since Easter 2012. Some of the animals for petting are baby chicks, geese, hedgehogs and rabbits. Peek-A-Boo also offer larger animals such as pigs, turkeys, donkeys and llamas.

“Things that are gentle for kids to get in the pin with, hold, pet and feed,” Jill said.

Since opening, Jill, her husband and family have added more animals, space and activities for children and their families.

In October, the zoo offered a pumpkin patch where children can play and choose a pumpkin after seeing the animals. Also available to patrons are the picnic tables and pavilion.

“We have a party pavilion/picnic shelter that visitors like to use for birthday parties or family reunions. It makes it a lot easier when having guests rather than at their own home,” she said. “People can come just for picnics if they like. They don’t have to schedule for a birthday.”

The normal business season for Peek-A-Boo Petting Zoo is around Easter to the first week or two in November, depending on weather. Hours are from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

“During the month of October we’re open every day from noon to 6:30 p.m. during the week and from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the weekends,” she said. “Our season will end about the first week or two in November depending upon the weather. With kids back in school things really slow down so we’ll be open mainly on nicer weekends.”

For new visitors, Jill said her business has a great reputation and that is what has helped to keep her in business over these past few years.

“People enjoy the outdoors. They enjoy the hands-on experience with the animals. Owners do everything they can to be out there with the customers,” she said. “The first summer was a little slow going, but people have really, really increased.”

She added that Facebook and word-of-mouth have helped their business.

“Business is just continually growing. We’re happy to have it growing, but we want to keep it somewhat small so we can still be personable. We know a lot of our visitors by name and want to keep it that way,” she said.

Admission prices are $5 per person, which includes feed for animals. Children 2 and under are free as well as those with a military ID. For more information, visit the zoo’s Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Peekaboo-Petting-Zoo-223954384342313/ or call 918-816-6506.
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ᏅᏩᏙᎯᏯᏛ ᏧᏌᎯᏢᎢ, ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ. – Peek-A-Boo Petting Zoo ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏍᏏᏉᏲᎢ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏧᏙᏢᎭ ᎠᎾᎵᎮᎵᎬᎢ ᎢᎬᏱᏊ ᎢᏤ ᏣᏕᏘᏱᏍᎬᎢ ᏦᎢᏃ ᎢᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏄᏙᏢᏐᎢ. Will ᎠᎴ Jill Gates ᎤᎾᏤᎵᎪᎯ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏁᎳ, ᎠᎴ 25 ᎢᏧᎾᏓᎴᏅ ᏅᎩ ᏗᏂᏅᏌᏗ ᏗᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ 18 ᏄᎾᏓᎴᎿᎢ ᎠᎴ 100 ᎤᎶᏒᏍᏗ ᏅᎩ ᏗᏂᏅᏌᏗ ᏗᎪᏩᏛᏗ, ᎠᎴ ᎠᏁᏙᎲᎢ ᎾᎥ ᏴᎦᎷᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏱᏛᎨᎶᎦ.
ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᏂᏴᏍᏗᎢ ᏗᎪᏢᎭ 25 ᎢᏳᏟᎶᏓ ᎠᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᏓᎵᏆ ᎤᎦᎾᏮᎢ ᎢᏣ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏍᏏᏉᏲᎢ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎠᎦᏍᎬᎿᎨᏍᏛᎢ ᎾᎥᎢ ᎠᎴ 2012 ᏧᏪᏥ ᏧᏂᏍᏗᎢ ᏂᏗᎬᏓᎴᏂᏍᎩ ᎠᏍᏚᎢᏓ ᏂᎨᎰᎢ. ᎢᎦᏓᏃ ᎦᎾᏝᎢ ᎾᎥᎢ ᏗᎬᎦᎷᏤᏗ ᏥᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᏔᎩ ᎠᏂᏓ,ᏌᏌ, hedgehogs ᎠᎴ ᏥᏍᏚ. Peek-A-Boo ᎾᏍᏊ ᏱᏛᎪᏩᏔ ᏧᎾᏔᏂᏓ ᏅᎩ ᏗᏂᏅᏌᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏥᎩ ᏏᏆ, ᎬᎾ, ᏐᏈᎵ ᏗᏂᎴᎢ ᎠᎴ llams.

“ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎦᎾᏝᎢ ᎤᎾᏓᏅᏘᏲᏨᎢ ᏰᎵᎢᏃ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎬᏩᏂᏴᏍᏗ ᏗᏂᏯᎥᎢ, ᎾᎥᎢ ᏗᎦᏳᏂᎷᏤᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏁᎶᏍᏗᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Jill.

ᏣᏂᏍᏚᎢᏍᎬᎢ ᏂᏗᎬᏓᎴᏂᏍᎩ, Jill ᎠᎴ ᎤᏰᎯ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᎤᏂᎪᏗ ᏅᎩ ᏗᏂᏅᏌᏗ ᏚᏅᏘᏃᏢᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎤᎪᏗ ᎤᏟᏅᏓ ᏄᏅᏁᎴᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏱᎬᏩᎾᏛᏁᏗ ᎢᎠᎭ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ.

ᏚᏂᏃᏗ ᏥᎧᎸᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ Zoo ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᎢᏯ ᏓᏫᏒᎢ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎪᏟᏔᏅᎢ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏧᎾᏁᎶᏂᏓᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏅᏑᎨᏍᏗᎢ ᎢᏯᎢ ᏳᏂᏍᏆᏓ ᏓᎾᎦᏘᎲᎢ ᎦᎾᏝᎢ. ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᏊ ᎢᏓᏛᏅᎢᏍᏓ ᎠᎾᏓᏩᏛᎯᏙᎯ ᏗᎦᏍᎩᎶᎢ ᎤᎾᏅᏗᎢ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏓᏰᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎦᎵᏦᏛᎢ ᎤᎾᏅᏗᎢ.

“ᏧᎾᏠᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᎣᎩᏟᏦᏔ/ᎣᎦᏓᏁᎳ ᎪᎩᏩᏛᎯᏙᎯ ᎤᏂᎸᏉᏓ ᎤᏅᏙᏗᎢ ᏚᎾᏕᏘᏱᏍᎬᎢ ᏧᎾᏕᎵᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᏧᎾᏓᏩᏛᎯᏓᏍᏗᎢ. ᎠᎯᏗᏳ ᎨᏐᎢ ᏯᎾᏓᏩᏛᎯᏙᎠ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᏏᏅ ᏙᏧᏁᏅᏒᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᏴᏫᏃ ᏯᏂᎷᎦ ᏳᎾᏚᎵᏊ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗᎢ ᏧᏅᏙᏗᎢ ᏕᎦᏍᎩᎸᎢ. ᎥᏝ ᎠᏎ ᏚᎾᏕᏘᎲᏭ ᎤᏅᏙᏗ ᏱᎩ.”

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲᎢ ᎠᏓᏁᏟᏴᏎᎬᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ Peek-A-Boo Petting Zoo ᎾᎯᏳᏃ ᏧᏪᏥ ᏧᏄᏖᏍᏗᎢ ᏅᏓᏕᏆ ᎧᎸᎢ ᏱᎪᎯᏓ, ᎬᏂᏃ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏱᎩ ᏙᏱᏗᏢᎢ. ᎠᏓᎠᎵᏒᏃ 10 a.m. ᏂᏛᏓᎴᏂᏍᎩ 7 p.m. ᏱᎪᎯᏓ. ᎠᎴ ᏔᎵᏁ ᎢᎦ ᎠᎴ ᏦᎢᏁ ᎢᎦ ᎠᏍᏚᎰᎢ.

“ ᎾᎯᏳᏃ ᏚᏂᏃᏗ ᎧᎸᎢ ᏧᎩᏨᏅᏓ ᎣᎩᏍᏚᎢᏓ ᎨᏐᎢ ᎢᎦ ᏒᎯᏰᏱ ᎠᏓᎴᏂᏍᎩ 6:30Ꭿ ᎤᏒᎯᏰᏱ ᏱᎪᎯᏓ ᎾᎯᏳᏃ ᎠᏓᎠᎵᏒᎢᏃ 10 a.m. ᏂᏛᏓᎴᏂᏍᎩ 6:30Ꭿ p.m. ᏙᏓᏫᏕᏂ ᏙᏓᏩᏍᎬᏃ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎠᏓᏁᏟᏴᏎᎬᎢ ᏛᎵᏍᏆᏘ ᎢᎬᏱᎢ ᎠᏟᎠᎵᏒᎢ ᏅᏓᏕᏆ ᎧᎸᎢ ᎬᏂᏃ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏱᎩ ᏙᏱᏗᏢᎢ. ᏗᏂᏲᏟᏃ ᎤᎾᎴᏅᎲᎢ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬᎢ ᏝᏟᏱᎦᎢ ᏯᏁᏙᎰᎢ ᎤᏍᎦᏃᎶᎢ ᎤᏬᏚᎯ ᏱᎩ ᎢᎪᎯ ᏲᏥᏍᏚᎠ ᏙᏓᏫᏕᏂ ᏙᏓᏩᏍᎬᏃ.”

ᎠᏂᏤᏃ ᎪᎩᏩᏛᎯᏙᎯ, Jill Ꮓ ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏰᎯ ᎤᏂᎸᏉᏛᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏍᏕᎸᎲᎢ ᎥᏍᎩ ᏱᎪᎯᏓ ᎯᎸᏍᎩ ᎢᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏂᎬᏩᏓᎾᏃᎢ.

“ᏴᏫᏃ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎤᏂᏰᎸᏐᎢ ᏙᏱᏨᎢ. ᎣᏍᏓᏃ ᎤᏂᏰᎸᏐᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎾᎥᎢ ᏗᎬᏩᏂᎷᏤᏗ ᏥᎨᏐᎢ ᎦᎾᏝᎢ. ᎤᎾᏤᎵᎪᏃ ᏂᎦᎥᏭ ᏱᎬᏩᎾᏛᏁᏗ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎰᎢ ᎤᏁᎳᏗᏓᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᏁᏙᎲᎢ ᎠᎾᏓᏩᏛᎯᏙᎯ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎢᎬᏱᏃ ᎪᎩ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ ᏣᏂᏚᏍᎢᏍᎬᎢ ᎤᏍᎦᏃᎵᏃ ᎨᏒᎢ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎤᏙᎯᏳᎯᏯ ᎤᏙᎯᏳᎯᏯ ᎤᏂᏁᏉᎠ ᎠᎾᏓᏩᏛᎯᏙᎯ.”
ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ FaceBook ᎩᏃ ᎠᎴ ᏕᎧᏃᎯᏎᎲᎢ ᏴᏫ ᎤᏍᏕᎸᎭ.

“ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᏃ ᎤᎲᎢ ᏂᎬᎯᎵᏃ ᎧᏁᏉᎬᎢ. ᎢᎦᏃ ᎣᏣᎵᎮᎵᎦ ᏥᎧᏁᏉᎦ, ᎠᏎᏃ Ꮭ ᎬᎶᏒᏍᏔᏅᎢ ᏲᎦᏚᎵᎠ. ᎪᎩᏩᏛᎯᏙᎯᏃ ᏙᎦᏂᏔ ᏚᎾᏙᎥᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎥᏍᎩᏃ ᎣᎦᏚᎵᎠ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

$5 ᏧᎬᏩᏟᏗ ᎠᏏᏴᏫᎤᏴᎯᏍᏗᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏗᎬᎨᎵᏍᏗ ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏓ. ᏗᏂᏲᏟᏃ 2 ᎢᏧᎾᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎠᏎᏭᎢ ᎨᏐᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᏊ ᎠᏂᏲᏍᎩ ID ᏳᏂᎳᎠ. ᎤᎪᏗᏃ ᎠᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᏲᏚᎵᎠ, ᎠᏩᏛᎯᏓᏍᏗ Zoo’s Facebook ᎥᎿᎾᏂ
https://www.facebook.com/Peekkaboo-Petting-Zoo-223954384342313/ ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᏱᏫᏕᎭᏟᏃᎲᎵ
918-816-6506.

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