I have visited this zoo a few times over the past 10 years, and it is really growing up! We went this weekend and had an amazing visit, I would definately recommend this zoo to anyone who planned to be in the area.
I went this weekend with my two children (ages 10 DS and 8 DD) and my father (senior). The weather was in the high 70's, but the zoo is nicely shaded in most areas and there was a breeze that made the temperature feel perfect.
The giraffes are always exciting, you can feed them zoo provided pellets (fee $2/cup) right out of your hand. You can pet them and get an up-close experience. There were several young giraffes, and a baby who ran all across the field- oh yes, the giraffes have plenty of room to run, unlike some zoos that have very small enclosures.
We also had a fun experience in the bat house. A zookeeper was getting ready to feed the bats and sloths, so the lights were turned up and you could really see the bats. It was interesting to watch the bats walk around on the ceiling and interact with each other and the 2 sloths. My children really enjoyed watching the bats and sloths being fed, and it relieved a common fear many people have of these nocturnal animals.
Other observations and comments:
They added a Budgee feeding house that I feel could use some improvements- it was a safe environment for the birds, but somewhat frustrating for the visitors. The other Budgee feeding house I visited provided closer access to the bird's perches so you could try to entice the bird to your seed stick. These roped-off walkways were far from many of the perching areas and these birds didn't seem as comfortable with people.
The variety of monkeys is wonderful. Nice petting zoo area with hand sanitizing areas and bathroom close by. The lion enclosure is at an awkward angle and always difficult to see. We got to see a joey in a kangaroo's pouch - on my daughter's wish list for must sees! The birds were interesting and entertaining. Our favorite tiger passed away :( so there was only one tiger on display (they have 2 they rotate).
They've added a food concession with very reasonable prices ($2-6) and a basic menu (hot dog, nuggets, snowcone, smoothie, ice cream, soda). They also added a children's play space- an enclosure with climbing, sliding and other activities with only one way out which is a great idea.
Overall, it's a wonderful zoo with a nice variety. The walking is easy and the map is created in loops, so you don't miss anything.
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