First, one must keep in mind that I'm from Edmonton and we have a relatively small zoo.
The Southern Nevada Zoo is definitely very small. But it is afterall a private zoo, and not a real municipal zoo. It's a matter of expectation. If this place was called "Bob's Random Animal Emporium", I think the reviews would be better. You can't compare this to a tax-payer subsidized zoo. So don't expect it.
As a private attraction, it's not bad. Sure, some animal enclosures do seem a bit small and ghetto, but most were okay. They should probably move the larger animals such as the lion and chimp to a better home. There is quite an assortment of animals. And we went during feeding time for a few. My son had a blast running after the pigeons more than admiring the animals.
Parking is definitely a problem. Not a bad attraction, but not something you should go out of your way to see.
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