Wife and I took our 7 year old daughter here on our 10th wedding anniversary. We are all animal/nature lovers and really did have a good time. We stayed 2 nights in cabin 1, which is located close to the actual preserve.... like fenced directly next to it. Woke up one morning with a lama looking in at us and another with "Goober", one of the two camels, looking in at us.
Animals are all great and tame, love to be fed. There are two donkey's in the fenced petting area that are a bit pushy. If you are not familiar with equines, you do need to be careful not to walk directly in back of either of these two, as they do buck. Their peripheral vision is terrible, so we found it best to walk in the gate with two feed buckets, set one down and get the donkeys distracted with this, which will allow you to more freely roam around and feed the deer, geese, ducks, goats and kangaroos.
The tour was great. We did one on each day that we were there. First day was just with a few other families.... second day was with a school. School tour was shorter, about 25 minutes instead of the near hour of the non school tour. Would recommend avoiding touring with a school, as the kids tend to try to grab your feed to give to the animals once their feed runs out.
Animals come right up to the tour and you are able to feed them by hand. Very docile, very willing to come up and be fed. Their other camel Omar is over 40 years old and is a professional at stealing feed buckets, which actually delighted my daughter.... because he simply picked it up, held it in his mouth and emptied it right into his mouth.
Tour guide was great and knowledgeable about all of the species that are kept there.
Cabins are "rustic" and the beds are a little to hard for my taste. Very quiet location though and just peaceful. We did not have a kitchenette in our cabin, but was not an issue, as there are several good places in Johnson City and Marble Falls.
- Also Known As:
- Exotic Resort Zoo Hotel
- Exotic Resort Zoo Hotel Johnson City