As a child, Linda Kauranen was raised attending the Rehoboth Fair every fall spending most of her visits in the animal exhibit area. She always left feeling frustrated that she couldn’t touch or hold the animals. Because of this experience, the idea of Barn Babies was born. As an adult, Linda could now properly visualize how it would all come together.. which was very exciting!
Although it was a long process, Linda was patient, did her research and obtained all the necessary insurance and licenses. In the fall of 1994, Barn Babies was open for business! Below is a link to the very first letter she wrote in November of 1994 introducing herself and Barn Babies to local communities. Linda feels as though this letter still represents who Barn Babies is today. View original letter here!
Since then Linda has built a Barn Babies team that is bigger and better. She now has a professional, entertaining staff who love their jobs! Because of the consistency and passion over the years they have been invited to family friendly events and establishments year after year. It is the interactions and personalities brought to events that keep customers inviting the Barn Babies back. The Barn Babies organization runs year-round which allows even more time to share the animals with everyone.
In 2010, Linda's daughter Kerri joined the team full-time and together they have taken Barn Babies to a whole new level! Barn Babies (aka Barnyard Babies) is not just a traveling petting zoo, it’s an opportunity for people of all ages to finally touch and hold the animals, much like Linda longed to do many years ago.
"This business is our true passion and every day we become more and more excited to be able to share our animals with you." - Linda Kauranen