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“Family Fun, but the place need more TLC” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Papanack Zoo

The Papanack Zoo
150, County Road 19, Wendover, Ontario K0A 3K0, Canada
613 673-7275
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Family Fun, but the place need more TLC”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Before going to the Zoo, I read a few reviews and was not sure what to expect. Some reviews were very negative, then more recent ones were better. I have learned that the zoo changed ownership, so decided to give it a chance.
I live in Ottawa and this was a nice road trip of one hour to get to the Zoo. As you get closer to the zoo, you realize that the place is in a run down state.
The entrance fees are $17.50 per adult and $12.00 for Youth 6-12 and $8.00 kids 2-5.
The hours are 11am to 3pm and it is the perfect time to explore all the animals and see all the different feedings and information they provide.
As you come in, you get the schedule for the feeding and we followed it and stayed until closing hours.
As, I mention before the zoo looks run down, and I do believe needs some money put into renovations - spruce up the place and give new enclosures to the animals.
One thing, I have to say, is that the animals are very well treated and loved. One of the zookeepers, she was amazing and you can see how much she cares and loves the animals and how they take to her. I do not remember her name, but has been with the zoo for a few years and the way she talks to them, you know she loves them. She got in the cage with the baby monkey and that monkey was all over her.
It was nice to see that people care for the animals and that there still interest in the zoo.
This is not your big city zoo, however it is a nice place to visit with the kids and learn a few things about the animals.

Visited September 2014
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Enjoyed our visit.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014 via mobile

Although I am ambivalent about whether or not we should keep animals in captivity, I did enjoy the afternoon spent at The Papanack Zoo. The animals appear to be well treated. Enclosures are clean and dry. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Follow the feeding schedule to get to see the animals close up. The feeding staff will give lots of information about the animals during feeding time.

Visited August 2014
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“worst animal abuse I have ever witnessed!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

i already don't like zoo's but I have gone to them a few times. this one was by far the worst zoo I have ever seeing. You have to have no sympathy or any common sense to be ok with animals crammed in tiny cages like this, the worst part is there is TONS of room! i saw like 10 monkeys crammed in a tiny cage. a wolf crammed in a tiny cage and i think a coyote, a bunch of racoons. 5 foxes squished together, there was many more! there is tons of room everywhere and half these animals spend their lives crammed in cages as small as dog cages. I did go a year ago and never returned I hear the owners changed so hopefully they are making much needed changes!!! these people should be in prison for animal abuse, and I am surprised the place is still open and no arrests have been made yet. i feel extremely guilty for not reporting them. there was one tiger that was alone pacing back and forth growling and literally looked like he/she had gone mad from being locked up alone. The only animals that are in big fenced in areas are all the farm animals at the start. i dont understand why they have it good??

Visited November 2013
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“Great experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I have read negative comments, but I decided to try with the Groupon Deal. It was a amazing trip, animals had large areas to live and staffs were very friendly. The most fun part is the kids can feed the some of the animals.

Visited August 2014
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“Great local zoo”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Visited midday on a Wednesday. There were a few buses of kids (day camps) at the park as well as many families. We were given a "feeding" schedule when we arrived and while there saw four feedings : bobcats, lions, gibbons and baboons. These are a real highlight, and notably the baboons and lions.
This is not a fancy zoo as far as facilities go, but has many animals to see and definitely worth the drive east of Ottawa to Wendover.
We paid $35 for two adults. Stayed a few hours to see the feedings and all the exhibits. Well worth the cost. Note: no rides like roller coasters or that stuff (there are pony rides for children for extra $5). Limited snack bar and small store mostly stuff animals. Not excessively priced.
Also available is option to buy food to feed to goats, ponies etc.
Would definitely recommend for families and anyone who loves animals!

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