Sunday, July 29, 2018
The experience was great, for the most part. The animals that are able to freely roam seem to be in good health, a large lake for water (like there would be in the wild), clean, lots of shade and grass, etc. My only complaint was the way the animals that were in cages/habitats were kept. The Lions, the bears, wolves, monkeys, etc. all had very small habitats. The baboons were being teased by kids the entire time (stuff was being thrown and this tube you could put food down was being shaken on the cage) and they were getting aggressive (even though there were signs posted to be quiet around them), the baby giraffe was being kept in a small building that seemed too small, and there were signs to not feed the baby giraffe but everyone was still doing it.. No workers were anywhere to be found in the whole area where the animals were kept in their own habitats! The only people I saw were ticket salesmen, people working a food truck, in the store, and driving in trucks around the area where animals could roam freely. There was a sloth in the reptile exhibit that had roaches crawling all around the cage and on itself. I've never seen roaches as a food option for any animal, so I feel like this was due to it not being properly cleaned. They seem to be drawing in the business because it was very busy when I went, but not putting the money towards expanding the sizes of habitats, hiring more employees, etc. This could be a really great place if they put the funding where needed. Also, where are the signs locally to advertise this place? I didn't see any signs for it until we were turning into the location. Maybe new management is needed? I'm not really sure but something here wasn't right. Great concept, hopefully someone with the love of animals buys them out.