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About the Zoo


The Little Zoo’s mission is simple, yet powerful; to bring joy, loving connection and healing through visits with animals!


Our story


In 2017, founder Erin Maxick started out working for The Mobile Zoo of Southern California. Erin discovered the profound effect that spending time sharing the love of animals can have for seniors, convalescents, disadvantaged youth, and our complex needs community.  There are so many unable to afford these programs, so Erin set out with love and dedication to provide a low to no cost service.


Over the years, Erin and her husband David started rescuing, adopting and caring for a little zoo of animals at their home with the idea that they would eventually visit those in need.  While dog related animal therapy groups are plentiful, there are far fewer that bring out snakes, lizards, tortoises, chickens and more!  The delight, sensory and cognitive stimulation these special animals bring is absolutely amazing!


Visit our Therapy Visits page to learn more.