Get up-close to animals at this Tampa Bay farm

Tampa, Fla. (WFLA) – HorsePower for Kids is a Tampa nonprofit that gives families the opportunity to get up close and personal with all types of animals.

The farm began operations in 1994, many years after Founder Armando Gort moved to the United States from Havana, Cuba.

“I have always dreamed of having a farm. I started with the horses and little by little we kept getting different animals,” he said.

At least 200 species of animals call the animal sanctuary and petting zoo their home. Animals include pigs, lemurs, monkeys, exotic birds and even a camel named Joe.

“A lot of city kids, they don’t even get to see chickens, and they come out here and it’s like magic to them, especially to the horses,” says Gort.

HorsePower for Kids has made it their mission to provide animal interaction opportunities for the community, regardless of income.

“We try to keep prices low if you come. We also have financial apps that you can find on our website and you can sign up for a free week of camping or you can sign up for a one day farm tour,” Gort said. speak.

HorsePower for Kids is located near Oldsmar and Westchase off Tampa Road on Race Track.

It is open Thursday and Friday from 10am to 2pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm. Admission details can be found on their website. Get up-close to animals at this Tampa Bay farm

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