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Brown's Oakridge Zoo

17732 N. Dairy Farm Road, Smithfield, IL
(309) 783-2112
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Smithfield
Type: Zoos
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English first
Green Valley, Illinois
1 review
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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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

We had an exciting experience visiting the zoo, and even got the opportunity to gently pet a tiger cub. The rescued animals are well cared for, and the staff was extremely informative and friendly. It was obvious that the zoo is a true labor of love, and not a profit driven enterprise. There's not gift shop, tshirts, etc. The lion... More

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Canton, Illinois, United States
1 review
8 helpful votes 8 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
8 helpful votes 8 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
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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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Gridley
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 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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Springfield, Illinois, United States
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

I took both my teenager and toddler here last week. It was great! I don't know if the term "zoo" is appropriate, because it seemed like many of the animals have been rescued from places that can't take care of them. My kids and I loved it! It was very hand on and educational. I have told many of my... More

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Atlanta
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2011

It is rare to have such an experience in the average zoo. Usually large corporations or government simply run them for 'educational' purposes. Rarely does one get to connect to the animals. The Brown Oakridge Zoo is completely different. A family has given their time, space, and energy to give animals a space to live in nature. Unlike zoo's that... More

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Illinois
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2009

If you’re looking for an experience that you children will always remember then Brown's Oakridge Zoo in Smithfield IL, should be at the top of your list. Brown's Oakridge Zoo is the only privately owned ZOO in the State of Illinois. Visit their Website http://brownsoakridgezoo.com/ .Don't show up expecting to see the normal everyday Zoo. This Zoo gets personal, literally,... More

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