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Brown's Oakridge Zoo

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Address: 17732 N Dairy Farm Rd, Smithfield, IL 61477-9583
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+1 309-783-2112
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Primitive but worth the visit.

Animals are all outside fenced in areas. You are walking around on natural surroundings, sometimes muddy and rather unkempt. Good variety of animals, varies from time to time... read more

Reviewed December 24, 2016
Cuba, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

the animals are locked up in very small cages it is sad to see. it literally is at a house and we paid for unlimited photos to hold the baby cubs. the lady was ride she did not even let us pet them we just held them for 5 seconds its a waste of money not worth it!! she took... More 

Thank paige h
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

When I got to the zoo my Mom and I thought it would be a big building with huge cages and toys for the animals and a place we could spend a whole day. Instead it was in the country, extremely hard to find, and barely anything to do. The cages are very small and the only things the animals... More 

Thank Brooke B
Cuba, Illinois
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15 reviews
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Reviewed December 24, 2016

Animals are all outside fenced in areas. You are walking around on natural surroundings, sometimes muddy and rather unkempt. Good variety of animals, varies from time to time depending upon what has been available. If there are any babies, you may be able to play with them or have your picture taken with them.

Thank genew
Peoria, Illinois
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed September 15, 2016

Saw some pictures on facebook of people holding a baby tiger last year and thought "What the hell, this sounds like fun!" Got there, and had to wait about 10 mins for the cranky, older tour guide to come out. Paid for a tour which told us nothing we didn't already know about the animals and gave some VERY inaccurate... More 

Thank William F
Lewistown, Illinois
1 review
Reviewed August 30, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I visited with our one year old son. Shortly after the tour began, the tour guide started in on her personal opinions about PETA. When she found out my husband disagreed with her statements, we were asked to leave. She then also proceeded to criticize our parenting, and kick us off the grounds. The animals have no... More 

Thank aewoll23
Pekin, Illinois
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

We were looking for something fairly close that we hadn't done before when we stumbled upon the Brown's Oakridge Zoo. The zoo doesn't give off a good first impression but so glad we decided to give it a try. The owner gave us an up close & personal tour. She was very knowledgeable about all the animals & it was... More 

Thank Melissa B
Peoria, IL
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7 reviews
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Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

I first visited in December 2015 and have been back twice since then. It's sad to read some of the negative comments about this place. First of all this is a family run zoo in the middle of the country on a farm. They don't have a huge budget, yet have a large tab to feed the animals. If you're... More 

1 Thank archer72
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 25, 2015

I am in Love with Tigers and that's why I chose to visit this place. I wouldn't consider it a zoo. The younger tour guide was nice. The older lady was grumpy. The living conditions of the animals were extremely poor and very very SMALL. And they all seemed to be under weight. I felt bad.

3 Thank Lonnie1908
Joliet, Illinois
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147 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed September 8, 2014

I was visiting a friend in the area when I found out about this small zoo. We didn't get to go that day because it was 15 minutes until closing time. So we headed here right away this year during our visit! We were pleased by the animals we saw, and did get to bottle feed the lion cub! The... More 

3 Thank cooley25
Peoria, Illinois, United States
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Reviewed September 1, 2014

There were four of us that made the trip from Peoria to Smithfield, Illinois today and we had a wonderful time. These are rescued animals who have been removed from abusive and neglectful environments and given food, attention, lots of good care and love. It's not perfect but no place is that deals with animals. Even their natural habitats aren't... More 

2 Thank Terry M

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