It's a place to get up close and personal with animals you won't find in the typical backyard.
You will find them in Sweetwater at a place called Purdy's Petting Zoo.
The animals sure are purdy there. But Purdy's Petting Zoo is actually named for its owners Mark and Melissa Purdy.
"At first my husband bought the property so that we could just be outdoors and our family could have fun riding four wheelers and such," Melissa Purdy said.
Then they started adding animals like goats and deer.
One day Mark called Melissa at work.
"He said, well, what do you think about a camel? And I said absolutely not. We cannot get a camel in Sweetwater. And he said I've already bought it. So we have a petting zoo," she said.
Now Purdy's Petting Zoo features 25 species.
"We have a kangaroo. We have a Grants zebra. We have a zonkey or a zedonk. An emu. Ring tailed lemur. Alpacas and llamas. Dwarf goats. Tennessee fainting goats," she said.
Luke Bibee said, "You can't really see all these animal just roaming around the street like a dog."
The 9-year-old likes to feed the animals.
"It's actually pretty easy," he said. "You just hold out your hand and they basically just come to you and kind of fight over it."
Children seem to love the gentle giants and Melissa Purdy is partial to them too.
"My personal favorite is probably Buford the camel. He is my favorite just because he's so sweet. He's so big but yet he is so loving," she said.
Pony rides are part of the petting zoo experience and so is a ride on a slower animal.
"They can take an African Spurred Thigh Tortoise ride. They will get on the back of the turtle and he will walk them around the petting zoo," she said.
Luke said, "You can actually see the animals here and know what they look like. If they sometimes describe them in school you're kind of thinking in your mind and you don't really know what it looks like in person but here you can know what it looks like."
The petting zoo is open to the public every day and also hosts summer day camp for kids.
It's a family business with a family focus.
Melissa said, "Most of all we get to have a family experience. The kids learn work ethic. They learn how to take care of the animals. And we're always together."