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“Sad!” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Wild Things

Wild Things
400 River Road, Salinas, CA 93908
831-455-1901
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Ranked #7 of 21 things to do in Salinas
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Take a Walk on the Wild Side! Visit Wild Things exotic animal facility and see a collection of over 100 animals.
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Sad!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I'm spoiled by the San Diego zoo. This place was just sad and the workers ushered us quickly from animal to animal that were mostly purchased from out of state breeders. I will not go back!

Visited March 2014
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Los Angeles, California
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“What an amazing place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Please do not listen to the poor reviewers as they missed the point of this zoo completely. A good percentage of the animals in this zoo are a combination of abandoned or neglected animals that have been taken in to spare their lives from being destroyed.
I have never seen happier animals in a zoo in my entire life. I have never been so close to the animals at any zoo. When the owner walked past the cages the animals were so excited to see him it was obvious that he and the workers had a personal relationship with each animal and that they were truly loved. I happen to see the owner pet his full grown hyena through the cage, the Hyena was crying with excitement at his presence as if they were best friends.
Yes, the cages you see most of the animals in were chain link cages. The size and the materials are all regulated by the government to protect everyone. The entire mission of this zoo is to raise money to save the animals and to build new habitats for their animals. This zoo has massive plans of expansion and like most zoos they are trying to raise money to build new lush environments for their animals. The Elephant pasture was a perfect example of this where elephants, zebras and water buffalo all coexist.
I have never been to a zoo where you had a personally guided tour of the animals. I loved asking questions and hearing about each animals history instead of reading about their species on little markers placed by the cages.
If you want to see some magnificent animals close up that are truly happy then this is the place for you. If you time your trip correctly you can see and do things not possible at a large zoo – Next time when we have more time we would love to stay at the Vision Quest Ranch hotel on property. This is the best zoo I have ever been to if you can see past the cages. Definitely bring a camera as the animals are not hiding in their cage for the most part.

Visited April 2014
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“Very family friendly.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I had a great time with my friend and they are very friendly and clean.parking lots are free of no charge. They have a nice little shop where u can buy souvenirs.

Visited September 2013
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Leesburg, Virginia
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“Response to Mar 24th review”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

My partner and I took my two kids to Wild Things today and our experience was not like the reviewer on 3/24. Yes, some of the larger animals could use better and bigger accommodations. However, the tour was informative, confident and friendly. None of the animals looked poorly treated and the new elephant enclosure was great and spacious.
I would recommend.

Visited March 2014
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Monterey, California
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“Depressing and embarrassing”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

If you enjoy looking at wild animals being kept in dog kennels then this is the place for you! The "tour" was a meandering walk through chain link cages, housing some of the worlds most exotic and majestic animals (lions, baboons, kangaroos, bears, hyenas, leopards, tigers) with no grass, trees or natural shade to speak of. To be fair the elephants were not in small cages, and did have several acres to walk around.
The organization of the entire staff was chaotic, none of the guests knew what was actually going on as their were no instructions at the ticket counter. Once the tour started the amateur guide fumbled through her narrative dodging questions about the living conditions of the animals on display, frequently forgetting what she was talking about, and simply walking by half the animals in the "park" with no discussion of what they were.
Both my wife and I felt ripped off and embarrassed to have paid to see animals exploited in such a way; while at the same time, happy knowing that our 2 year old will not remember what he saw.

Visited March 2014
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