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“This place is a joke”

Ashville Game Farm and Exotic Zoo
Reviewed 9 August 2011

We drove an hour and were ready to pay $13.50 each until we actually drove into this god-forsaken place. It was sad, depressing, dirty, smelly, small, dilapidated, and the ASPCA should really do a surprise visit to save these animals. After walking through the gate and looking around, we decided to turn back around in the postage stamp sized parking lot and drive the hour back home. Really, it was like something out of the Psycho movie.

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Reviewed 7 August 2011

According to the brochure there's tigers and lions along with other animals. Not a large cat to be seen here! The place is smaller than the average persons back yard, it's expensive for what it is and I am not an animal expert but many looked neglected. The entire place stunk of feces and the public toilet was encrusted with bird droppings. Horrible experience!

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Reviewed 2 August 2011

We read the reviews and still decided to take a ride to visit the area. As we were pulling in the parking lot, I spoke to the parents of young kids and they said it was small, and could be better, but the kids loved it. That's what its about... So, in we went. It is a small place. The kids had a great time. It's more hands on, which they enjoyed, Animals are up close, you can feed them and they have set up tubing/cups on chains to put the food in so the animals wait on the other end to get it. They sell different kinds of food to feed the animals. One dollar a cup, and the animals loved it. The staff was friendly and helpful.
Ok, it's small. It's not a place you would spend a day at. We were there 1 1/2hours. That was enough time. Our children's ages are 1,2 and 3. The paths are narrow in some spots, not great for double wide umbrella strollers. We had to fold it up at times.

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Reviewed 26 July 2011

This place is not what you would hope to see. It is too small for the animals that are there. It does not feel safe or clean. There was a gun laying against the outside of one of the cages. The kids (2 years old) did not notice the creep-factor; but the adults did. We were done seeing all of the animals in 15 minutes. We just felt sad for most of the animals & to top it all off on our way out one of the adults was stung by a hornet because apparently there was a nest connected to the kids "play" area (rocking horse). NOT GOOD! Not right! The animals need to be rescued from this place.

2  Thank InfiniteSnark18
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Reviewed 4 July 2011

Zoo definitely does not accurately describe this awful place. The entire area is not much bigger than my backyard and the animals are confined to very small cages - unlike anything I have ever seen in a real zoo. The smell is terrible (and yes I know what zoos smell like) and very very dirty. We paid 13.50 each and spent exactly 5 minutes running through and out again. I would not recommend anyone visit here, it was horrifying.

1  Thank passerby11
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