Meet Phil Hooker
I began in the livestock business in 1975 after graduating from the University of Tennessee with an agriculture degree in Animal Husbandry. I purchased the farm where I currently live, and began raising horses, cattle, and hogs. I was a livestock buyer for Reelfoot Packing Co from 1984 till 1991 when they closed. Then I put together loads of hogs for the local producers and trucked them to packing plants in other states.
I taught Agriculture at Milan High School from 1995 till 2004. While teaching school I began a traveling pony ride and petting zoo business on weekends and summers. Now it is a full time adventure along with still raising most of the animals I use in the petting zoos. My interests expanded to exotic animals such as camels, zebras, kangaroos, etc. which I added to my list of available animals soon after we expanded.
Animals for all occasions!
My life has been focused on animals and children. I enjoy sharing my passion of animals with others and thus the caption “Animals for all occasions”.
The animals I have are hand picked to give people a personable experience they may not be able to get at a regular zoo where they can only see the animals from a distance.
Young and old alike get to experience touching and feeding my animals or a child’s first pony ride, or a camel ride, or animals for a nativity scene. That is my life!