By Anne Payne
The Orange Leader
Beginning with zebras, a few years ago, Chester and Lisa Moore started a program called, “Wild Wishes,” for terminally ill children or for kids who have lost a parent or sibling, with providing them encounters with their favorite exotic animals. The Moores love exotic animals and own a toucan, reptiles, birds, turtles, hamsters of every species, and even a wallaby. This place houses more than 100 animals, representing species from six continents. Their place at 1605 Strickland in Pinehurst (Orange area), Kingdom Zoo, is called a “micro zoo.”
Moore says, “My zoo focuses on small, rare, and mysterious creatures, using the Creation to glorify the Creator.”
Moore adds, “In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve lived in total peace with wildlife. In today’s world with sin, death, and chaos, much of that has been lost. A child who has been through a trauma will open-up and allow prayer and destiny to be spoken unto them when in the presence of one of our many outreach animals.”
“We do what we do because of hurting kids. Often, people treat their kids worse than their animals. Animals do make a difference with kids, We should not be satisfied with what is happening to kids. There is also a crisis among veterans with suicide. We just want to try and bring happiness to people,” Moore said.
Excited about a boy on the Bolivar Peninsula with leukemia whose dream was to play with a fox or wolf, Moore arranged for the child to meet a 75-percent Timber wolf and 25-percent dog named Lucy. The wolf-dog immediately ran to the boy, accepting him as her…
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