I used to work at the gardens as a contracted security officer and I can assure you that the care and attention provided by the handlers is top notch. The girls working there love the animals. I remember them transferring the animals to a safe location in the hours preceding an incoming hurricane. they were there on their own time taking care of the animals when most people in town were taking care of their homes.
I watched these dedicated people cry when, on occasion, one of the animals died or had to be euthanized. These wonderful girls are dedicated and they love the animals and what they do.
The gardens are great and the shows are enjoyable. And all of it is expensive to maintain. At $15 ($14 with an online coupon) it is a GREAT value. Think what a 2 hour movie costs to get in and you'll know what I mean.
If you visit, and I hope you will, You will have a pleasant day, in a beautiful setting, with kind, caring people, and wonderful animals.
I'll be returning there next week on vacation.
Bill in S.C.
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