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We booked one of the cabins on a Groupon Voucher and then we booked the Grizzly Bear Experience by phone for my 14 year old daughters Birthday. To be honest we really did not know what to expect and so when we arrived there after...More
If you do nothing else in French Lick you MUST go to Wilstem. No, it’s not cheap, but it is worth every penny. Amazing, knowledgeable staff and the interaction with the animals feels unreal. So up close and personal. It was a memory our kids...More
We visited the Grizzly bears, Bob & Screech and it was an amazing experience. Their owners, Jeff and Sheer, were wonderful! Seeing these magnificent animals in such an intimate setting was incredible. Everyone should see these beautiful bear beauties!
We have now gone to the Wilstem Ranch for a second visit to do the Bear/Kangaroo experience. This was a great trip! The staff is a wealth of animal knowledge, and the animals seem like they are well taken care of. We have now left...More
My wife and I visited Wilstem recently and had a great time. We took in the elephant spa and giraffe encounter then visited the smaller animals adjacent to the giraffes.
I think the best part of the park is that the groups are limited in...More
Great place to spend some time with animals. I love animals and being able to get up close to the giraffe and kangaroos was awesome. Good for kids and adults and with Groupon it's reasonable. I fed the giraffe and got to pet a kangaroo...More
The Giraffe encounter was good and the elephant encounter was amazing. If I were just reviewing those two items it would be 5 stars BUT the overnight accommodations need some help. We stayed in the Carriage house. Their website says fully equipped kitchen, not so...More
We really enjoyed our visit. It was great to see African elephants up close and enjoyed washing them. The staff at the centre were really nice and we got to stroke the iguana and cuddle a baby kangaroo. We fed the giraffes pwhich was food...More
Response from Heidi-ready-2-travel | Reviewed this property |
The spa experience is $80 for an adult. It includes 2 hours... 1 hour for the spa of completing the washing if 3 elephants as a group who paid for the spa. Then after an hour, another group that is just doing the elephant... More
The spa experience is $80 for an adult. It includes 2 hours... 1 hour for the spa of completing the washing if 3 elephants as a group who paid for the spa. Then after an hour, another group that is just doing the elephant encounter... Touching for pictures, no washing... Joins the group and there is more pics and q&a. After the 1 hour spa and 1 hour encounter... You are free to see the other animals.
The elephants when back to Florida in October and will return in the spring.
Response from GoPlaces795981 | Reviewed this property |
The elephants were all purchased and brought here. Under what exact conditions I can not remember nor do I remember the price paid for each but the owners were very open and candid about how they came to own these beautiful... More
The elephants were all purchased and brought here. Under what exact conditions I can not remember nor do I remember the price paid for each but the owners were very open and candid about how they came to own these beautiful and extremely loved on animals. Wilstem contracts the owners to present the elephants between March and November. During the winter months they are relocated back to Florida where they remain until climate temps allow them to return. The first of the elephants were purchased in the 80's as I recall. And the others then followed. The owner and his son stated that they have not had one single vacation since the first elephant arrived. That is how devoted this family is to these creatures. They were NEVER used as Circus animals nor did they ever participate in any other form of act. They were purchased for the sole purchase of creating intimate interaction with humans who seek to have a close up and personal experience with these awesome animals. We did the full VIP encounter. It was phenomenal. Just us and one other couple so we had a vast amount of time to ask questions, pet them, see them poop (WOW! CAN THEY POOP!). feed them, pet them, gaze into their huge brown eyes, be felt by their trunks, rub them behind their ears, wash them down, hear them pass gas, hug them, you name it, we got to experience it with regard to a respectful 1:1 experience. Worth every penny. You will walk away knowing the love the owners have for these animals. There is no doubt only the Budweiser Clydesdale's may have better accommodation.