Safari Junction, Home of Valley Exotics offers hands on interactive and educational animal encounters. Safari Junction is family owned and operated by Jamie and Dianna Beneke, lifetime residents of Preble County. Jamie and Dianna, along with their 3 children, Jake, Wyatt and Zoey, pride themselves in providing an up close and personal experience with their animal ambassadors from all around the world. With Kangaroos, Camels, Foxes, Lemurs and much more Safari Junction strives to provide the best educational opportunity to the public about well know and exotic animals, their habitats, their behaviors and their daily adventures.
After operating mobile animal displays for several years, Dianna encouraged Jamie to bring that same experience to a permanent animal park at their family home in Preble County. In the Fall of 2015 they took their vision before the county zoning board. Fearing they may get push back for the idea of a zoo, they reassured the board they had aspirations to have more of a park and educational facility atmosphere. The Beneke's gained unanimous approval to open Safari Junction to the public. With the help of family and close friends, along with the community support, Jamie and Dianna have created a one of a kind experience located just 2 miles south of Eaton, Ohio.
Do you love working with animals and people? Do you mind cleaning, organizing, and spending time outdoors? Are you interested in giving your time to help Safari Junction? The first step is to complete a volunteer form. Once you’ve sent it back to us, we will contact when volunteers are needed.