Welcome from Jack Hanna And Yonkie

Dear Friends,

Jack Hanna

Welcome to the Retreat at Sky Ridge, your pet friendly home away from the bustle of everyday life, as well as the home of my good friends, Eric, Cindy, Shannon and Yonkie.

You’ve chosen the best hosts I can think of when it comes to ensuring a relaxing vacation or a memorable wedding and all at the most wildlife and bird friendly resort in Eureka Springs. For more “wild” fun be sure to check out my favorite cabin, the “Jungle Jack” and visit Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, America’s largest big cat sanctuary – tickets available at the office..

Have fun at The Retreat at Sky Ridge, I’ll see you at the zoo,

“Jungle Jack” Hanna
Director Emeritus – Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
Powell, Ohio

Meet Yonkie, Eureka Springs’ Only Spokes-Horse


I am Yonkie, the official greeter and “spokes-horse” at The Retreat at Sky Ridge Cabin Resort in Eureka Springs AR. I found my forever home here through New Vocations Racehorse Adoption following my racing career. I am a retired Pacer, 17 years old – a Standardbred Mare 16 Hands tall – Brown and Brown.  My full name is Yonka Doodle Dandy – but I’m Yonkie to my friends.

You can see me every day at The Retreat – drive slow, you’ll often find me grazing near the office or The Turtle Moon Labyrinth. I LOVE apples (and carrots too) and like to say hello to everyone who visits. Bring your camera, I love to pose for photos …..

and SMILE!


Don’t forget to go and “like” my Facebook page!