You can rent all sorts of stuff for a party, from bouncy castles, to snow cone machines, to clowns, but can any of those eat a rhinoceros? Well, maybe the clown, but definitely some of the animals from Zoological Wildlife Foundation.
Started by a guy who got his dealer/exhibitor license so he could own a tiger, then got contacted by the state to take care of all kinds of confiscated beasts, ZWF shelters abandoned exotic animals and does shows with them at schools, etc, but to offset caretaking costs, they'll also bring them (with an extensive trained staff) to your next bash -- making Spuds Mackenzie look like a downright unoriginal party animal. Big cat options're dictated by size: you're legally allowed to pet young tiger/lion cubs up to 40lbs; after that there's adolescent tigers, lions, and even ligers (no tigons yet, sorry) they keep on leashes, like Sameen & Shama (two white Bengal litter mates that go about 80lbs and play with bowling balls), plus several-handler-requiring full-grown heavyweights like 450lb tiger Mitraya, whose name means "friendship" -- comforting, until you remember the worst fights you've been in were with your best friends, and they're only like a buck-60. Beyond cats there's Dozer, a 40lb American Black bear cub who's all about wrestling with your legs, and playful primates like Penelope, a red ruff lemur from Madagascar (looks like a monkey/racoon mashup with a hairdo like she stuck her finger in a socket) who's willing to climb on people, and Sativa, a white handed gibbon with super-long arms she uses to slap your hand, or if you try to give her a fistbump, slap you.
They're also stocking more kid-friendly beasts, like little pygmy pigs that go about 20lbs, hairy armadillos, zebras, warthogs, and even an anteater -- perhaps not that exciting, given that clowns must eat ants, as they surely can't afford real food.
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