The Creature Conservancy
The Creature Conservancy
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11:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
11:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
11:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
This is a wonderful up-close and personal wild animal conservancy with over 70 species of exotic animals, many of whom are rescued former pets. Open to the public on weekends (11:30-5:30pm) with identical presentations featuring three animals on the Stone Stage at 12:30 and 4:30pm and identical Zookeeper's Talks at 1:30 and 3:30pm, offering guests more flexibility with their visit. Purchase your tickets at the door (Ages 13+ - $15; Ages 2-12 - $13; 2 & under - free). Weekdays times are available by appointment for private tours, private group events, school field trips, and summer camps. Birthday parties and other private event rentals available. Most of the animal display enclosures are under cover so this is a great afternoon event for both hot and cold weather! Handicap and stroller accessible. Free parking.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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sarah l
Naples, FL5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
This a great opportunity to see and learn about some exotic animals while supporting a conservancy that works hard to educate the public on the perils of exotic pet ownership. The majority of the animals are surrendered and rescued former pets that do not qualify for release back into the wild. Walking though the tour with Alexander you can get a feel for how well cared for and loved these animals are. A great local experience. The private tour (great during these strange Covid times) can be booked for fair price and lasts about 90 minutes.
Written November 11, 2020
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EvaLou
Flint, MI135 contributions
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Feb 2024 • Family
We are a family who loves animals. We drove an hour to get here and it did not disappoint! Although small, we spent two hours here and watched two shows. The one at 2 pm featured a skunk, beaded lizard and vulture. The show at 3 featured a coyote. They will be featuring animals from Australia next month so we want to visit during Spring Break.

The man who gave the talks was very interesting and gave very useful facts about the animals. We will definitely be back!
Written February 18, 2024
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daveu9
Lemont, Illinois195 contributions
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Jun 2021 • Family
Visited for the first time with my wife and adult children. We had an absolute great time. The employees were very informative and passionate about the animals in their charge. They really new their animals and were very happy to share their knowledge.

It’s a smaller facility so it doesn’t take all day to see it which is nice. 90 minutes is more than enough time.

Next time we are going to try a private tour . If you’re in Ann Arbor and are looking for something a little different I’d highly recommend stopping by the Creature Conservancy.
Written June 13, 2021
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Chad C
Rockford, MI5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
My wife and I visited the Creature Conservancy on a sort of impromptu day trip from Grand Rapids. We are both animal lovers, and my wife has been on a bit of a sloth kick, so when I saw that the featured animal this month was a two-toed sloth named Poco, I knew that we were in business! I wasn't quite sure what to expect, as most of the reviews mentioned that they came to the Conservancy for the sake of children, and we are without children. However, the sloth presentation was very informative, and we got some good photos of Poco.

We arrived at the Conservancy, which is behind an animal hospital and can be pretty easy to miss, at around 1:45 knowing that they close up shop at 5, and the sloth presentation was at 4. I wasn't sure if this was going to give us too little time to wander, too much time, or be adequate. Turns out it was the perfect amount of time!

Before even entering into the Conservancy, you can see a number of displays, including a couple of Arctic Foxes, a crazy turkey named Redneck who is never too shy to entertain a crowd, and a couple of adorable deer-like creatures. Once inside the gates, there are a number of displays outside, including emus, tortoises, a mountain lion, and a bunch of McCaws. Inside they have an American alligator, kangaroos, a wallaby, prairie dogs, and a number of other small displays, including a room with a number of animals in kiddie-pool displays (turtles, toads, an armadillo) and a volunteer carrying around a boa constrictor that you can touch, as well as a couple baby possums and a warthog! Also, each month they have a feature animal with two presentations each day they are open (this month was Poco, the sloth, next month is an African porcupine named Bedhead).

All in all, we did have a wonderful time exploring the grounds, checking out the displays, and learning about the various animals.

My one recommendation, however, to ensure that you enjoy your time is to have proper expectations. This is a conservancy and education center, not a zoo. As such, the displays aren't extremely large or numerous and, while the species were quite varied, there certainly isn't the diversity you would find at a zoo.

Though, there are perks with that too! You are able to get up close and personal with more animals, there are less crowds, all of the staff are volunteers who you can tell actually want to be there and care about the animals they interact with, and, more importantly, all of the animals there have a story and many come from poor situations and are rescued and cared for by the good folks at the Creature Conservancy.

All that said, if you have the right expectations, it is well-worth the 8 dollars (for adults, cheaper for kids of course) to spend a couple hours hanging out and learning about animals you might not normally get a chance to see or interact with!
Written August 17, 2015
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stephaniez4810
Charlotte, MI68 contributions
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May 2018 • Family
First of all, the staff? Unapproachable, unsmiling, and unfriendly. Conservation conservatory? Laughable. This was a dissapointing trip. We were there for about 10 minutes before we left.

The macaw exhibit? None of the "branches" were linked together for easy movement. They are stuck on the same two branches all day. Not enrichment friendly.

I definitely wouldn't waste your time.
Written May 26, 2018
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Hi Stephanie, We're sorry you didn't stay long enough to ask any questions or visit the rest of the exhibits. The majority of the reviews we receive rave about the knowledge, helpfulness, and friendliness of our staff and volunteer docents in addition to the displays and mental/physical health of the our animal ambassadors in their enclosures. There's the chance that during your brief visit you were hoping to engage with some of our volunteer animal feeders who are tasked with getting the animals fed and cared for every morning. We have amazing volunteers and we rely on their involvement and commitment to keeping the animals fed and cleaned daily, but they are not tasked with interactions with early visitors to the outdoor animal displays. Once we open at 1pm, our staff and volunteer docents are very happy to show you around the conservancy, answer any questions, and present featured animals on a half-hourly schedule each weekend afternoon. As for the macaws, the exhibit in the bamboo yard outside our main building is designed to keep the bonded and/or compatible pairs of macaws separate from the other singles/pairs. In the wild, these birds will mate for life and are very intolerant of mixing/matching with other partners, so what you see at The Creature Conservancy is a very careful design to facilitate their living in close proximity but not overlapping with other macaws outside their pair bonds. All of our macaws are former pets with individual histories and we take their happiness and safety very seriously. We welcome the chance to have you return and learn more about the animals at the conservancy!
Written May 28, 2018
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rebeccagg_13
Detroit, MI23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Friends
I went to the creature conservancy on two separate occasions, both times was with a group of friends from school, and both times were amazing. The first time we did an animal interaction, where an expert who worked there showed us five different animals they had and taught us about them and we were even allowed to pet them. The second time we went was for a volunteer event. We helped them clean up their barn in the back where a lot of their animals live and afterwards we got a behind-the-scenes tour full of information as well as some one-on-one time with their two kangaroos and wallaby. It was amazing! Definitely recommend for all ages as price really isn't too bad!
Written January 16, 2014
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Suzanne B
Louisville, KY118 contributions
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Mar 2018 • Friends
The Creature Conservancy is a perfect spot to go visit for an afternoon! I went on a recent Sunday and loved every minute that I got to spend learning about the animals.

Outdoors there are several creatures, including several turkeys, a fox, black swans, and en emu. Step inside and pay a small $6/adult fee to be able to see more of the animals that are housed here. We saw some sleeping bearcats, two kangaroos, an alligator, a cougar, a sloth, warthogs, macaus, turtles . . . and I'm probably missing or forgetting about some of them!

The staff at the Creature Conservancy was so knowledgeable about all of the animals, and they obviously love their job. They answered many of our questions throughout the day and did several presentations (feeding the cougar and bringing out the emu to visit and eat some celery out of guests' hands), which were informative and entertaining.

I would love to come back as the weather warms up and see what other animals are out and about on my next visit to the Creature Conservancy!
Written March 26, 2018
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ColumbusAnoymous
columbus66 contributions
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May 2017 • Family
This is a small place. At the weekends they bring out the animals and have little presentations about every 30 mins - so definitely base your visits around that. The enclosures are not huge. This is not a zoo - they take animals abandoned or unable to be cared for by others. But they care and take enrichment etc seriously - which is part of what makes the visit fun. They use funds raised to constantly improve and build upon what they have. Our son got to feed the shire horse and touch a bat and snake. You can touch the very soft kangaroos if they come up to you. The cougar enrichment and feeding were also fun.
Written May 7, 2017
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Allison M
Reno, NV43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015
Wonderful experience! It's not a very large facility however what they lack in size they make up for in the ability to get up close and personal with the animals. Staff are knowledgable and happy to talk with you about the animals. The animal talk on Saturday was great! We visited during the time the Sloth was the feature animal and they walked him around during the presentation so everyone could pet him. We'll be back!
Written March 25, 2016
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SWG2015
Mears, MI119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015
This is a small but well kept collection of animals, many of them rescued . It is an excellent place to take kids with an enthusiastic and dedicated staff. February 2016 is Sloth month ( there is a baby sloth).
Written November 24, 2015
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