So - I last wrote about our April 2014 visit (4 / 5), and we decided to take our youngest as she hadn't seen this zoo.
It's a small private zoo, and they're working to make it better for the animals, but there's lots of work to be done....
First off, the fee - $73 for a family of 4 (and that's including a military discount) and two animal foods ($3 @) and two koi foods ($1 @) - seems a bit high.
The setting is very nice, with lots of tress and flowering bushes throughout, but the signage is still lacking.
This zoo has lots of unique animals including--
- Paccas from Madagascar
- Red Kangaroos & Dingos from Australia
- Baboons from Africa
- Arctic wolves and American alligators from North America
- Anaconda & Andean condor from South Africa
Some of the animals are well cared for, and have ample enclosures... and they are building a new house for the pair of Paccas, and a new larger wolf enclosure for the Arctic wolves.... but other animals that definitely need more space -- the Bengal tigers, the Jaguar, the Leopard and most definitely the 3 sun bears.
Several of the monkey enclosures could easily be doubled.
As to the park attendants -- we saw them at the entrance and the extensive gift shop... and that's it.
I'm still very concerned with the alligator enclosure and the minimalist waist high barrier. There are 13+ gators in there, and one person falling in, or some parent accidently fumbling their little one into the enclosure and it's all over! Plus there's no docent or staff anywhere nearby.
We went Labor Day weekend (you know last big weekend before Fall) and most if not all of the food kiosks were closed. Though they do let you bring in your own food.
There are two small play areas which is nice for the little ones, and there's a nice picnic area.
I think the highlight for my children was feeding the animals -- not just sheep and goats, but apacha's, fallow deer, etc... they had a blast there!
The signage for the park is still weak, and not at every intersection... probably because they want to see you their $3 park maps.
Overall it was a fun day, but we probably won't be back as both kids have now seen it.
Parking: Open, free lots
Animals: Lots of unique animals
Docents: What docents?!
PS - get your reciprocity with other AZA Zoos & Aquariums
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