IMPORTANT: check their website...THEY ARE OPEN DURING SPRING BREAK, and sometimes other specific days outside of their reduced low-season hours. Everywhere else (Google, Trip Advisor, etc.) it says “closed” except for a few days per week until the busy summer season.
This was our second visit—we came here when the kids were 10 & 12. Now they’re 13 & 15 and love it just as much, if not more.
For approx. $35 per person, we enjoyed the petting zoo, the reptile encounter and the wildlife walk. In the Spring you can enjoy the baby animals...we held baby goats that were still bottle fed, (extra $5 if you want to bottle-feed them), and for free they loved being held and cuddled right up in our arms. It helps to ask if an employee or volunteer can assist you in holding a rabbit, baby goat, duckling or chicken. We petted them and hand fed them (even the llama, alpaca, sheep and mini donkey). Young goats are playful and fun to see! The lambs are adorable. You can purchase cups of food for a few dollars.
The reptile encounter was interesting. We were able to view and then touch a few, including a python and see a lot of different reptiles housed in glass enclosures. Cool stuff but in a humid and rather warm room. There were frogs, lizards, “dragons”, and lots of snakes.
The wildlife walk was amazing. The animals seem more relaxed than in a large city zoo—and they are viewable up-close; much closer than in a traditional big zoo. The tour guides interact with the animals, scratching a mountain lion’s back (through the bars) with a brush, producing a loud enough purr for us to hear, feeding sweet potato sticks to a beaver, and more. Lots of new information and answers were provided along with specifics about each animal there. After the walk we were shown several animals we could touch and see up close.
I was concerned about boredom, but there wasn’t any of that to be had!
It’s an all-ages place, and even with arthritis I was able to comfortably complete the hour-long walk. Toddlers and small kids would probably enjoy the petting zoo and the hay ride with camel-encounter—its a lot to take in.
As a special treat (due to it being expensive, but a once in a lifetime opportunity) there are small group private encounters with various exotic animals. These should be scheduled in advance (online or call).
Expect a great petting zoo, with options for exotic animal viewing and animal encounters (even a few during the wildlife walk included in the regular prices).
They are also breeding some endangered species for release and repopulation. Very cool.
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