This zoo in Rochester is settled in the woods, making it particularly beautiful in Autumn as the leaves change The layout is really nice, it's a long loop. The girls in the gift shop were helpful and friendly, and the veggie burger I ordered came quickly and tasted delicious.
On to the park...
The zoo is small but the size it's expected to be in a small city. The enclosures are really nice, and much more modern in a way than other zoos. Old-fashioned zoo enclosures are very "cagey" looking and the animals are kept a huge distance from visitors but there is very little space between the visit and the animals at this zoo, so you truly get up close. All the animals were super active. Only two animals appeared to be stressed out and one of those was a wolf who was running back and forth in the same small circle and then touching it's paw upon a rock, and started over again, and the other animal was the amur tiger who paced back and forth, back and forth.
The otters did not come out into the water, the polar bear was nowhere to be seen and the alligators "went south for winter" but their habitats were still interesting to look at-at least the polar bear was. The lions were sunning themselves upon a huge rock in the middle of their little Africa. People can climb aboard a stationary bus to view the lions in the way they might if they were on the bus in Africa and on a safari.
Kids and adults can climb through a big tube(be careful though it really hurt my knees!) and arrive inside the snow leopard's habitat and the animal walks right around your clear bubble enclosure.
The coolest thing about the zoo was the wolves, and bald eagles. Other animals include rhinos, elephants, pythons, raccoon, penguins. I really enjoyed my visit. I felt that even though this was a small zoo the animals appeared well cared for and healthy overall, and quite active. I think it's a quality over quantity thing. This is the type of zoo you can really sit and observe the animals, which is what we did today. I was surprised at how long we were there.
The zoo has a lot of restroom facilities through out the park and two different food stands/cafes with a pretty good variety. One of them even had humus. Some of the vending machines offer apple slices, fruits and veggies, berry juice and other healthy food choices.
The parking was free!
Loved it and will go again.
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