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Male Elk at Rosse Posse Acres in Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory

Alpacas, Miniature Donkeys and Elk, Oh My!

Molly Johnson | 04/02/2018 | Communities, Molalla, Wilsonville

Alpacas Kissing

Animals. They seem to be everywhere now, and whether you’re petting an adorable miniature donkey while shopping for garden art, or practicing yoga next to an alpaca on a farm, humans seem to continuously develop a growing affinity for animals of all shapes and sizes. Here in Mt. Hood Territory we’re no different.

Miniature Donkeys:

Take the kids to Tollen Farm in Wilsonville, where they can pet and hug the Mediterranean Miniature Donkeys while the adults shop in owner Tonie Tollen's art and antiques store stocked with unique treasures for your home and garden. The 4.5 acre eco-friendly working farm also has a flock of sheep, a super cute llama and Arabian horses, plus an orchard, garden and general oasis from city life. 

Alpacas:

Take a tour of award-winning Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch in Molalla while learning all about these amazing animals. Pop into their ranch store where co-owner Jennifer Cameron is always showcasing new items and pick up some 100% hypo-allergenic wool socks, scarves or mittens while you are there. Most importantly, sign up for an alpaca yoga class on their farm for a one-of-a-kind experience you'll always remember.

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Elk:

If you like your antlers furry, then head over to Rosse Posse Acres in Molalla, where you can visit a working elk farm, complete with a petting zoo! These regal animals roam on a 52-acre working elk ranch and develop their antlers over spring and summer which is the best time to visit. Especially May-June when the calves are born! Other animals at the petting zoo include: more miniature donkeys, fallow deer, pygmy goats, Patagonian cavy and chickens.  

As the saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words, but an experience is worth a thousand pictures”, so just like our pets make our days brighter, let Mt. Hood Territory’s animals make your experience just plain better.

Note: Please know that with many of our agriculture partners, these are working farms so reservations or appointments may be required. Check with each business before visiting to ensure a fun (and expected!) experience.

Molly Johnson grew up in Mt. Hood Territory and loves getting to write content inspiring others to visit her beloved home. She is currently generating content for mthoodterritory.com and for the #omht Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest channels. 

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