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Address: N5406 County Road 577, Wallace, MI 49893
Phone Number: 906-788-4093
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AMAZING!!!

I came here on an unusually warm October day in 2014 very early in the morning to listen to the animals and it was AWESOME!! I heard the constant roar of a lion that wasn't a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Houston, Texas
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Horrible conditions for the animals. They are obviously stressed. The cages are too small. I was disgusted by the conditions.

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1 Thank Seattle1213
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I came here on an unusually warm October day in 2014 very early in the morning to listen to the animals and it was AWESOME!! I heard the constant roar of a lion that wasn't a lion? When the zoo opened I found out it was the sound of a brahma bull!! Then I heard the lion roar and ran... More 

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Thank Tigerman777
Lafayette, Louisiana
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family and I had a blast here! Bud DeYoung and Carrie really offer a unique experience. They are very interactive with the visitors, and animals. I've never experienced anything like this before. The entire staff works really hard 24/7 to take care of the animals. They are a big family, and work together as a unit. We will definitely... More 

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Lampasas
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31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

I stopped in the area to visit with a good friend from High School and they mention about this zoo. It was an amazing and fun fill day of watching and learning. My Granddaughter even got to feed Wallace the Hippo. It made her day. We saw animals that I hadn't seen before or so close up. This zoo is... More 

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1 Thank Renee S
Grand Haven, Michigan
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

I am always curious to see how zoos are run. I've found in my travels very few to be worthy. This is NOT one of the good ones. Cages are way too small for every animal type. If you are going to run a business and want people to donate, like you, want to get good word of mouth and... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

My wife and I heard about Bud and Carrie's zoo on Trip Advisor while we were planning a September vacation through the Upper Peninsula. We took a gamble and went a day out of our way to visit, hoping the several reports we’d heard would prove true and it would be something special. In the most profound way, it far... More 

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Iron Mountain, Michigan
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

My husband and I were extremely disturbed by the conditions at this zoo. Many of the animals exhibit stress by their pacing. Most of the enclosures are much, much too small. The Eurasian bear broke my heart, pacing on a concrete slab and trying to reach out to grass. The dingos have nothing but a bare single doghouse and the... More 

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Frankfort, Michigan
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52 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

We didn't expect much from this zoo but it's always good to be surprised. We purchased a bucket of food to feed the animals. They have lots of animals to see. We were lucky to see Wallace the hippo and lucked out that we could actually feed him. That was the highlight of the trip. They also have wolves, bears,... More 

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1 Thank Amy J
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91 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015 via mobile

I love it here, they do a awesome job. The tip I have is come for the feeding of the animals it's an experience you do not want to miss . Call ahead for the time they feed the animals we like to come here at least once a year.

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Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

From the couple episodes of My Life Is A Zoo that I caught a few years ago, I was under the impression that this zoo was basically just 2 people that collected animals. At its heart, that really is what it is. Really the only zoos I have been to is the Milwaukee County Zoo which is a very large... More 

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