The assembly was great today ! all the kids at Dover south elementary loved it

Tony Mantamoros

Visitor to Display

Meet the family that makes it all happen.


​Valley Exotics Zoo is owned by Jamie and Dianna Beneke of Eaton, Ohio. The parents of three young children, Dianna also is a teacher while Jamie does most of the business for Valley Exotics Zoo. It is certainly a family business as even the children get involved in animal care and handling.


Jamie has more than 30 years of experience working with animals.  His love of animals started when he was nine years old and he was able to show rabbits at the county fair.  This experience ignited his passion to work with animals.  In high school he worked for a local cattle operation and gained more knowledge.  Shortly after high school he was given the opportunity to work with an exotic animal owner in Northern Ohio and his enthusiasm for animals broadened.  In 2008 Jamie decided it was time to bring his knowledge and zeal of animals to the public and that is how Valley Exotics Zoo was started.

The kids are involved in feeding, caring for and playing with the animals. Jake and Wyatt help often while little sister Zoey isn't quite big enough to help yet. Children love to learn about different animals and while Valley Exotics Zoo offers this to the public, these kids live a life many only dream of!

Best show & entertainment for educating young & old. If you get a chance come see the zoo.

Safari Junction, Home of Valley Exotics treated my precious little Fluffy with all the care and attention you could ever ask for!


Mitchell Rowlett

Festival Manager

Everyone had a blast playing with the animals. Jamie and his crew were very professional and a lot of fun to be around.

Barbi Dalton