Close Encounters


This beautiful animal park is located in Jones Mills, PA, just 2 miles from the Donegal PA turnpike exit. We are less than an hour drive away from Pittsburgh, Somerset, Johnstown, and parts of West Virginia and Maryland.  We are situated in the heart of the Laurel Highlands. This area provides beautiful seasonal foliage and nice temperate weather.  With over 300 animals of 50 different species, we provide a unique interactive experience that allows visitors to get closer to the animals than ever before. Leave your binoculars at home, but don’t forget your camera for those once in a lifetime photo opportunities.

Feed the animals from the palm of your hand, ride a pony, hold a variety of animals, and reach out and touch wildlife!


At Living Treasures Wild Animal Parks, we strive to bring you as close to the animals as possible. With the new exhibits at the Laurel Highlands location, the only thing that separates you from our big cats is an inch of glass. Enjoy this up close experience and see these majestic animals like never before. And don’t worry; it is completely safe.


At Living Treasures, you can get up-close and personal with your favorite animals! Have you ever wanted to ride a giant horse? Have your children ever asked to ride a pony? At Living Treasures Laurel Highlands, you can do just that!

Our horses and ponies give thousands of visitors rides throughout the year. They are trained and ready to give you a fun experience.

Price $3.00
• Maximum weight limit varies by pony.
• Parents may be asked to accompany smaller children.


Sloth Encounter

We have been receiving an abundance of emails and calls about the sloth encounter experience. This experience is not being offered and will not be offered in 2021. It will not be offered in 2022 and beyond unless we get to a place that looks like old normal. No masks, no social distancing, and no covid restrictions anywhere. If that happens, we will test to see if she is interested in doing encounters. It is possible that she will choose not to participate and that the encounter experience will not be offered again. We appreciate that there are many people excited about the experience, but we need to focus on the part of our business that can operate safely during this time and we need to focus our time, energy, and customer service on the things that we can offer and not the things we cannot. You can watch our facebook page or our website for updates. We are asking that no one emails or calls about the experience. Anyone with an outstanding gift certificate may email for a refund.

*Note: Our sloths can be seen in their exhibit space during regular park hours with standard admission. The experience that is not being offered is the private encounter.


New For 2019. Living Treasures in the Laurel Highlands has openned a new habitat that you are welcome to enter and meet our family of parakeets. Whether just stopping in to say hello or buying some seed to feed from your hand; this new interactive experience is perfect for the whole family.


Covid-19 Update

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, all Pony Rides and Parakeet Encounters are temporarily suspended.