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“Great Experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tanganyika Wildlife Park

Tanganyika Wildlife Park
1000 S. Hawkins Ln, Goddard, KS
(316) 794-8954
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Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Goddard
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Ponca City, Oklahoma, United States
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Great Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

I have taken my son 3 times now & he loves it!! So neat to be able to touch a Kangaroo, feed rabbits, tortius, a rhino (if you choose), Lemer's are my most favorite, ride a Camel, Feed a Giraff, so many other animals as well...its very friendly & interactive w/the animals. Highly recommend it. Kind of pricey, but they are a non-profit so that's part of the reason. You are contributing to a good cause. They do have a big Play Ground Area, great for feild trips & family fun!!!

Visited July 2012
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“What you want in a zoo experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

I'm giving this review from a couple different perspectives. First, as a father of two toddler boys (6 and 4), and also as an avid photographer.

My most recent zoo trips have been to the zoos in KC and Omaha. I would definitely rank Tanganyika above those zoos for the following reasons:

1. With boys my age, the sweet spot duration for any activity is usually about 2-3 hours. You get somewhere in the morning, check it out for 3 hours, hit lunch up somewhere, then you're back at the hotel or home in time for naps. The KC zoo is huge with a large variety of animals. I'm exaggerating, but you feel like you hike 1/4 mile between exhibits. That is not conducive to a family with small children. The Omaha zoo is slightly better than KC. My impression is that the Omaha zoo probably has the same amount of animals in a smaller space. But, it is difficult to take in all they have in a small timeframe. We went through the Tanganyika Wildlife Park in almost exactly 2 hours, but we were kinda in a hurry toward the end (banging up against lunch). I think 3 hours would be the ideal time to plan with toddlers.

2. Most other zoos are all about looking. Look at the deer. Look at the thing that looks like a deer. Look at the shorter deer-looking thing with horns. That will quickly bore a toddler. Tanganyika is all about interacting with animals. You wanna know what is hilarious to a toddler? Seeing how long a giraffe's tongue is when he snatches some lettuce out of your hand. Petting a kangaroo. Feeding a tortoise. Having a lemur crawl in your lap. Other zoos have places where you can feed goats, etc. But there is nothing else like Tanganyika. Nothing.

3. If I wasn't time-constrained by my family, I easily could've spent all day snapping photos of animals. You don't have to worry about the enclosure getting in between you and the animal, because often you're inside the enclosure. You will face completely new problems though. Like, having to back up from a giraffe because even with your wide-angle lens he's just too darn close. Or, do you risk laying on some kangaroo poop to get that perfect shot?

Overall, I was blown away by what TWP had to offer, and can't wait to go back, with or without my young family!

Visited May 2013
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Wichita, KS
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“Much more interacitive than most zoo's.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

This is not as big as some zoo's but it is much more close up. Kids love it. They have most of the usual selection of animals. Usually have some new ones that have been born on display. Opportunities to pet and touch several animals. Take the kids!

Visited October 2012
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Hays, Kansas
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“Better than a Zoo!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

As first time visitors to Tanganyika, we were incredibly impressed with our experience here. The park was easy to find and we arrived early enough that parking close to the entrance wasn't a problem. We arrived around 10:30am on the Saturday of a holiday weekend and it took us approximately 5 hours to see all the exhibits in the park that day. The lines weren't that bad and moved along efficiently. With a one-year-old and a 4-year-old, this was a safe and fun time for the entire family. We were fully engaged and interested all day. All of the staff was extremely friendly and accommodating. We very much appreciated the easy-to-follow instructions they gave at each exhibit and the measures they took to make us all feel at ease. The knowledge they shared about, and the interaction they provided to, the animals was beyond anything you would have access to in a zoo, and all for the same price. We fed fish, birds, rabbits, giraffe's, rode camels, petted lemurs, kangaroos, and even fun little things like seeing a mama duck leading her babies across the lawn or watching the handlers bring the leopards (on leashes) and rats/hedgehogs/etc. out to play was fun! The (understandable) downsides were the occasional long lines, especially the entrance line (though another window was soon opened up), and the concession stand line. They do allow food and beverages to be brought in though, so Tip 1: pack and bring your own lunch, though our food bought there was very tasty! Tip 2: arrive early in the morning if you want to feed the animals, since they get full and sleepy by mid-day. Tip 3: bring several dollars in quarters for the food pellet machines. The park and the facilities (concessions/restrooms) were very clean and well-landscaped. We are already looking forward to coming back!

Visited May 2013
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Wichita, Kansas, USA
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“A one-of-a-kind wildlife experience..worth seeing again and again!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

I have been to this park several times. My grand daughter loves it way more than the actual zoo here locally. It's a smaller park...more intimate for visitors. You are able to get right up to feed the giraffes, go inside the Lorikeets (sp?) cages and for a few cents for food---have them light all over you--great for kids and picture taking. Love the Lemur Island the best---for the price of a Craisin-- these silky furred animals with the huge eyes will come up to you and sit on your shoulder and gently take it from your hands. The monkeys that swing overhead and call to each other on their own island are great fun to listen to. When I was last there they had an albino alligator of some sort that was under an enclosed tent and it was really entertaining to see. The grounds are well laid out, the exhibits are clean and easy to view the animals from. You can also go in and walk around by the kangaroos, and ride an elephant (or camel I think). They also have some smaller areas where kids can feed the cutest baby goats, bunnies and other smaller animals in small walled in fences. Animal food is inexpensive and from vending machines or purchased from staff (lettuce leaves). There is a small playground for kids, and an outdoor restaurant that's pretty reasonable and good for dogs, burgers and ice cream. The venue is lovely with waterfall and also makes a great backdrop for weddings and reunions. They also have some glass windows when you first enter where you can see baby leopards, etc. in cages inside with their blankies and stuffed toys--they are adorable to watch playing! Well worth a day-trip from anywhere!

Visited July 2012
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