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Brown's Oakridge Zoo

Address: 17732 N. Dairy Farm Road, Smithfield, IL
Phone Number: (309) 783-2112
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Smithfield
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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English first
Joliet, Illinois
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78 reviews 78 reviews
44 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I was visiting a friend in the area when I found out about this small zoo. We didn't get to go that day because it was 15 minutes until closing time. So we headed here right away this year during our visit! We were pleased by the animals we saw, and did get to bottle feed the lion cub! The... More 

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Peoria, Illinois, United States
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

There were four of us that made the trip from Peoria to Smithfield, Illinois today and we had a wonderful time. These are rescued animals who have been removed from abusive and neglectful environments and given food, attention, lots of good care and love. It's not perfect but no place is that deals with animals. Even their natural habitats aren't... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
14 reviews 14 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

i expected this zoo to be a place with lots of baby animals and get to choose which cub to hold and feed. the tour was terrible and the tour guide was not friendly at all. if this place is supposed to be a zoo, they should have more to offer!! it's just a small farm with wild animals that... More 

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Dunlap, Illinois
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

This isn't a zoo. While I feel they are probably doing the best they can with the limited resources they have, a place like this should not exist. The older lady that gives the "tours" is rude (as was the younger one), the animals seem depressed, and the conditions are horrible. It's honestly difficult to explain. The image of Calvin... More 

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Hot Springs, Arkansas
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

As stated in the other honest reviews I should have read before making the trip, down right disgusting excuse for a "petting zoo". The property these poor animals are on, wouldn't even cover the natural habitat for one. The cages are far too terribly small for these majestic animals. My family and I thoroughly love visiting zoos all across the... More 

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Green Valley, Illinois
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

While it is exciting to be able to handle baby tigers, the condition these animals live in is horrid, small cages that they exist in I won't say they live in because that is no life. And really to pay $5 to take a picture with YOUR OWN camera, that is per picture with YOUR OWN camera. And the bathroom... More 

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Canton, Illinois, United States
1 review
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

This "zoo" is completely sickening! The animals look suicidal and are kept in very poor conditions. The owners are very rude and came off very racist to a group of foreigners who were taking a tour and even went as far as telling them to speak English and stop speaking their "gibberish". The whole trip was depressing. We don't recommend... More 

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Sanford, Florida
1 review
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

First and foremost, this IS NOT a zoo. This is someone's terrible attempt to save animals and make money in the process. This "zoo" is actually someone's property, with their delapidated house in the middle of the mess of nonstop back to back cages that are entirely too small. There are full grown tigers, head to toe in matted mud... More 

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Colchester, Illinois, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

It is like a zoo on a farm. You get a full tour so you get to know about each animal a little better. It is a family owned zoo so certain aspects come with that, but all and all, I would definitely recommend it.

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1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

I'm not an expert on the right or wrong way to house wild animals, so I won't get into that. What I will say is, my overall opinion of the property itself was "craphole". The property is overtaken with weeds and just everyday crap. It blew my mind that they would allow the public to see the place in that... More 

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