DeYoung Family Zoo

DeYoung Family Zoo, Wallace: Address, Phone Number, DeYoung Family Zoo Reviews: 4.5/5

DeYoung Family Zoo
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Teresa D
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We Had A Awesome Experience!
Jun 2020
Wen were there 2 years ago. We were very impressed with the whole place. I did start raining while we were there and were just going to ride out the rain. They came up to us and ask if we were waiting the the next showing and in fact we were. That all being said eveyone had left so the 3 of us our granddaughter was with us. We just waiting. Well so glad we hung out and waited. My husband is handicapped and can't walk far for very long. So they offered to give us our private tour of the park. They pointed different things out for us. Gave us history on the different animals. Our Granddaughter got to help bottle feed the fawns. Loved the one on one that we got. It was clean and a happy place we will be going back this summer. Can't wait.
Written May 22, 2021
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Abbott D
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I’m disgusted
May 2020 • Family
Some people or extremely retarded for thinking this is ok. The enclosures where extremely small, the chimp had about a 6’ by 6’ enclosure and was given a card board box to hide in. The DeYoung family is horrific, they treat their animals like dirt and give them just enough food and water to live, their only healthy animals are the baby monkeys that are traumatized by visitors and the inbreed tigers.
Written March 23, 2021
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ScubaDave16
Highland, IN820 contributions
small zoo with some cool animals.
Sep 2020
We saw a billboard for this zoo while driving through town and had a few hours free so we stopped in.

It is way off the beaten path with few signs so just trust your GPS.

This is a small family run zoo

They were friendly and welcoming. I got the feeling that the zoo has had some financial hard times due to Covid

The place is not super well organized – the enclosures were down some paths but not much was marked. They DID have notices saying that the money they were going to spend on signage was spent feeding the animals which of course is very appropriate.

The animals ranged from bears to tigers to lions to alpacas, deer, and many others.

The animals appeared healthy and fed and the enclosures were large if somewhat muddy.

The staff we interacted with seemed to be very caring about the animals.

They had several areas where guests could feed various animals. Goats, alpacas, oxen, etc. you could purchase carrots and grain and such. They did have signs saying what to give the animals. Dangerous animals like the bears and tigers were separated by 2 layers of fences, but the alpacas and such were able to eat out of your hand. I am sure kids would get a big kick out of being allowed to feed animals ((maybe some adults too)

They had some presentations of animals. They did a deer presentation while we were there, but I was really busy watching the tigers and bears.

While not a large zoo, it wasn't very expensive and I think it is worth stopping by. The big cats and bears are cool and if for no other reason they appear to need the business to continue to care for the animals.
Written September 27, 2020
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Alainna Malkowicz
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It was ok 😐
Aug 2020 • Family
The animals 🦒 were cute but the cages needed a good deep cleaning 🧼 and the animal 🦔 shows were lame 😒 and the crowds were crazy big half of the people weren’t wearing a mask 😷 I feel like people should be wearing a mask 😷 the whole time or you get kicked out the gift 🎁 shop was cool but their were to many people in there all at once our family almost got separated in their also the parking lot needs to be bigger their were literally people parked at the next door ice cream 🍨 shop this place also stunk sooooo bad and there were like no hand 🖐 sanitizer stations the animal 🦓 feed food was good sided and we had more than enough food to feed the animals and there were flys every were BRING BUG 🐜 SPRAY!!! that’s all I’ve got to say but if I was you I would not recommend going to this zoo if I were you
Written August 29, 2020
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Jessica W
Gwinn, MI3 contributions
This is a zoo for people who hate zoos but love animals!
Aug 2020 • Family
Yesterday, we enjoyed an abundance of fun in the sun and learned a lot, too, at the Deyoung Family Zoo! 🦁🐯🐻 It’s hard to believe that this place is just a short drive away from home. 🚗 Conservation, education, rescue, rehabilitation and family fun, nestled in the beautiful wilderness of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, is what we found here at the zoo. ❤️ This was our first visit, but it definitely won’t be our last! Fun fact: This is no ordinary zoo, that caterers to humans and their need for entertainment, above the animals and their need for freedom; nope! The Deyoung family works extremely hard to care for these animals and give them the next best thing to a free life in the wild as they possibly can. 🙏🏻🙌🏻 Most of the animals here have been rescued from former irresponsible pet owners, big city zoos that just don’t want less than perfect animals, farms that have gone out of business, and sometimes they are called with emergency rescue situations and are even able to release the animals they acquire back into the wild after rehabilitation, as well, if it’s at all possible. 🌲🌳🌱They have over 80 acres of land altogether, and I am just blown away by this extraordinary family and their incredible dedication to these gorgeous non-humans who we have the pleasure of sharing this planet with. 🌎🐾 If you’ve never been, I very much recommend making the drive UP there; you will not regret it. Thank you to the deyoung family for opening up this beautiful zoo to the public so we can see and learn from you and all of the animals. Keep up the great work!!
Written August 24, 2020
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Susan
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Neighbors know!
Jul 2020
Who knows a place better than the neighbors? Well, as a neighbor of Bud DeYoung and his zoo, I can tell you that we all hold him in high regard. This zoo was born out of his love of animals - every animal there is a member of his family (receiving personal attention daily) and their care is his only priority. Be prepared for a totally different (awesome) zoo experience, often personally led by Bud himself. It isn’t polished, primped, and paved for the people - it is truly animal-centered. After all, Bud lives with and cares for these animals every day of the year - the “zoo” is just a brief summertime segment of his year when he can share his love of animals and gather gate revenue to finance the next winter’s care.
Written August 7, 2020
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MJ R
38 contributions
Best part of our weekend trip
Jul 2020 • Couples
My favorite stop on our very quick weekend trip. No masks needed as you can socially distance! Great for ALL ages. Had fun feeding all of the animals including Wallace the hippo! Recommend getting all the types of foods as there are many animals to feed and you’ll want it to last the whole way around the zoo. The bucket of grains would be best, but don’t let the goats get the bucket. Monkeys are blocked off as they can get covid. All the animals loved people and we got to pet many varieties. Highly recommended and will be going back again.
Written July 5, 2020
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Nicole
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Website updates needed, False advertisement.
Jul 2020
They need to update their website!!!! Went with my daughter from out of town and my 2 grandkids. Admission on website says children under 3 FREE!!! Well it was far from the truth, It was $13 for Adult and $12 for 3-12yrs old. When I mentioned what it said on the website, the lady said they haven't had time to update it. Really??That's crazy!!! Some people travel far to see this and when the website says FREE, it's a blow to ones wallet. But I paid and went in, But at them prices one would think it was a fancy place. Ha, It's all dirt paths with port-a-johns. Wasn't impressed by the way the animals are kept. Some of the cages had so much grass around them that it was hard to even see the animal. Wasn't able to see the monkey's, reptiles. Lots of goats, ducks & cows. The bigger animals weren't doing much but pacing their cages or laying low. I was there like 5yrs ago and wasn't impressed than, nothing has changed...Still not impressed!!
Written July 4, 2020
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Barb A
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An exciting unique zoo where you can see animals upclose in their own wildlife space. It’s amazing!!!
Aug 2019 • Family
We have traveled to the DeYoung Zoo at least twice every year for the last 10 years now. Often bringing friends and family who have not been there before to experience this awesome zoo!! This unique zoo has rescued many animals and gives them such loving care! When you are at the zoo, you’re able to meet not only the animals, but Carrie & Bud personally. You’re able to talk and ask them questions and see their passion for these animals! You see upclose and learn the stories of the rescued animals.
It is an amazing place to visit!! See for yourself before reading certain comments from people who know nothing of the zoo or the DeYoung's themselves.
Also as busy as she is with the zoo, Carrie also has the Pipers Animal Rescue Ranch for sick and abused horses, dogs and all other animals.

Please help support the DeYoung’s in their busy lives sharing beautiful animals and making a better world!!
Written April 6, 2020
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maria e
Tampa11 contributions
My daughter’s adventure with the baby deer!
Jul 2019 • Family
We had a wonderful experience and my young daughters stayed with the baby deer almost the entire day! They begged us to go back and we did the next day! This is my daughter Alexandra with your baby deer that she fed the entire day.
Written January 15, 2020
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