Atlanta’s Best Miniature Petting Zoo is now Georgia’s Rare Breed Heritage Farm Preserve
Tanglewood Farm is nestled in the rolling hills of Cherokee County at the foot of the North Georgia Mountains with more than 150 Rare, Heritage and Miniature Breed Therapy Farm Animals! For the past 25 years, we have shared our MINI-STRIES to encourage, enrich and empower individuals through the therapeutic benefits of using gentle, hand-raised Miniature Farm Animals some of which are the Smallest in the World!
Tanglewood Farm was the first to introduce to the U.S. many breeds of Miniatures from different parts of the world to develop “Foundation Bloodlines” preserving once near extinct breeds. Many were found in isolated parts of the world where food was a scarce resource and only the small survived which became the beginning Foundation Bloodlines of the Miniature Breeds. From Native American Tribal Lands, we have Rare and Heritage Breeds still used today by Indigenous People. Heritage Breeds are traditional livestock breeds that have been raised by Pastoralists of the past. They were bred over time to preserve traits that made them better adapted to withstand disease and survive in harsh environmental conditions.
Worldwide there are 4,000 breeds of domestic animals, over 1,000 of which are in critical need of conservation to ensure their survival. On average, one breed of livestock becomes extinct each month which is a permanent loss of valuable genetics. Family farms and farmland are also slowly disappearing. The skills of farming, however, can be passed on from one generation to the next, yet those skills can dissipate if not used in future generations. Tanglewood Foundation(501c3) was established to encourage the preservation and promotion of Rare, Heritage and Miniature Breed Domestic Animals as well as the Native and Agricultural Heritage connected to them through Education, Advocacy, and Conservation.
At Tanglewood, we are working to preserve and ensure genetic diversity in our bloodlines to secure their continued existence. We strive to harmonize and make a difference through respectful land stewardship and animal husbandry. By preserving our land, our animals, and our cultural heritage, we have created an economically and ecologically responsible pastoral model. All of our animals are pasture-raised on Fescue, Bermuda and Alfalfa grass or hay. Their all natural diet is supplemented with natural grains free of antibiotics, hormones and animal by-products. We strive to set the industry standards in small-scale sustainable farming.
WE LIVE ON AGRICULTURAL ZONED PROPERTY AND ARE A PRIVATE WORKING FARM. WE STRIVE TO PROTECT OUR LAND, OUR NATURAL RESOURCES AND OUR ANIMALS.
WE ARE NOT A COMMERCIAL SPECIAL EVENT FACILITY. WE ARE NOT AN AMUSEMENT PARK OR A THEME PARK. WE ARE NOT A PLACE FOR PUBLIC ASSEMBLY.
THERE ARE NO PUBLIC RESTROOMS, NO PICNIC AREAS AND NO FOOD ALLOWED.
BECAUSE WE ARE A PRIVATE WORKING FARM AND BREEDING FACILITY, TOURS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY TO SEE OUR ANIMALS.
WE OFFER TOURS THAT LAST APPROXIMATELY 45 MINUTES TO ONE HOUR AND YOU MUST SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO SCHEDULE A TOUR TO SEE OUR ANIMALS.
PLEASE RESPECT OUR PRIVACY. PLEASE NO UNAUTHORIZED VISITS AND NO PARKING ON TANGLEWOOD DRIVE.
ANIMALS FOR SALE
We raise only purebred registered stock and are one of the nation’s most respected breeders of true Class A miniature livestock. Browse our animals for sale.
Learn more about the animals we keep for breeding and our national champion miniature foundation bloodlines. Learn more.
FIBER MILL AND STUDIO
See how alpaca, goat and sheep fleece make the transformation from animal to clothing and crafts using both Native American and modern methods. Learn how you can help.
NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY
Learn about the culture and history of the First Americans. Visit with Native American interpreter and storyteller, Irving Standing Chief, whose indigenous perspectives offer visitors a deeper understanding of America’s First People. Learn how you can help.
Schedule a tour to visit our Rare, Heritage and Miniature Breed Therapy Farm Animals. We are a private working farm and breeding facility. Tours are by appointment only. Tours last approximately 45 minutes to one hour and you must submit an application to schedule a tour.
Tanglewood Farm is world renowned for our National Champion Miniature Foundation Bloodlines. We raise only purebred registered livestock and are one of the nation’s most respected breeders of true Class A Miniatures that are gentle, hand-raised and truly some of the World’s Smallest Animals.