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“Small, but Highly Interactive Animal Experience, perfect for young children”

Wildlife Learning Center
Ranked #146 of 593 things to do in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 17 March 2013

We visited this place with our 4 and 7 year olds. It was a wonderful experience. My daughters were so scared of any moving creatures until this day. After we finished one full round, my daughters asked, if they could pet the Prairie Dogs or the Fox, which was a sign of the change that came within them. I am happy for them. The entry fee is very negligible, but there is a fee for petting or dining with any of the animals, which again, goes towards the maintenance of these animals, so no complaints, but only praises for the works they do. I would have joined as a volunteer, if the driving distance was less than 30 minutes, but I have to drive an hour, one way.

5  Thank gladyboy
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Reviewed 16 August 2012 via mobile

Nice place to visit at a good price. My daughters (ages 6 and 8) and I went with a friend and her daughter (age 3) and we were able to get through one presentation by a trainer and the entire facility (very slowly) in under an hour.
Don't get me wrong, the place was well kept and very family friendly, but not very impressive if you've visited a place that rescues/adopts these kinds of animals.
We started here, had lunch at a nearby park, and then let the kids play at the park till they were tired. They had fun but they didn't get the "eyes filled with wonder" look that they've gotten at other places.

2  Thank Sweet_Pisces
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Reviewed 9 April 2012

The Wildlife Learning Center is a pleasant escape from the crowded venues of Los Angeles. The Center is just a short drive north of Los Angeles in Sylmar. It's an ideal place for Los Angeles area residents to experience a wild animals at a slower pace and in a more intimate setting. Obviously, visitors to Los Angeles with limited time would do better to see the Los Angeles Zoo - a much larger facility with many more facilties.
The Wildlife Learning Center is relatively small and in a nice shaded area. The repitile and amphibian center is in a trailer and has several frogs and snakes and other animals in aquarium-type tanks. Their habitants seemed small and that was one of my original concerns. Outside, there are several enclosures with various animals from around the world.
According to their brochure, all animals are rescues or zoo-born. Some animals have been injured, such an eagle with a damaged wing, and they cannot survive in the wild. Again, I felt that the enclosures seemed small but everything was exceptionally clean and the animals all seemed to be well cared-for.
What makes this center so unique is the ability to interact with the animals. On the hour, an animal is brought out for an up close interaction. During our time, a baby alligator was brought out and later a snake. We were allowed to gently tough the animals. Another real joy was being able to interact with animals that were being returned from an on-location learning experience. There were several volunteers around to ask questions and to give a more personal experience with the animals.
As a reminder, this is a very small facility. It would only take a few short minutes to walk around the entire facility. The fun is stopping and looking at the animals and to also participating in the learning sessions. It's something different to do if you live locally and love animals.
The facility is in a residential area that was also zoned for this type of facility. Next door, we could see horses, a giraffe and an ostrich. They are not part of the facility. We were told it is a private facility and the animals there are used for movies.
There are snacks and bottled and canned drinks available and a small selection of t-shirts and souvenirs in the gift shop. Port-a-potties serve as restroom facilities. This is a very modest but pleasant facility.

3  Thank Jackbear
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Reviewed 16 November 2011

A family with school aged children can get in and out in 30 minutes to an hour if you're pressed for time. It's very easy to find, right off the freeway. Only $6 for adults, $5 for kids under 12, very young children are free. Free street parking. Animal trainers give talks once an hour. We pet an alligator. Nice variety of animals. Big enough to learn something. Small enough to see everything. They also offer camps, classes, and birthday parties. When we are driving from the South Bay to Santa Clarita, Lancaster or beyond, it's a perfect place to let the kids stretch and have a snack after sitting in traffic. Much better than a gas station or fast food, and just as easy, given proximity to freeways. Bring your own snacks. They sell bottled drinks for $1.

3  Thank SeaJenniTravel
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Reviewed 21 August 2016
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