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DeYoung Family Zoo

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Address: N5406 County Road 577, Wallace, MI 49893
Phone Number: 906-788-4093

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Love, love, love this place

This zoo is WAY better than any of the other zoos I've been to. It's more natural and the staff interacts with the visitors. My children and I got to hold baby animals, feed... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This zoo is WAY better than any of the other zoos I've been to. It's more natural and the staff interacts with the visitors. My children and I got to hold baby animals, feed animals, and watch the staff feed the bigger animals. They took us around the zoo and gave us an education on the various animals. Bud and... More 

Thank NoelKB
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

The DEYoung family zoo is fun to go to and a lot of different animals to see there. I really enjoyed seeing some animals being brought out to see.

Thank Melissa M
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

It's been 10 years since I've went anywhere with my grandma. Took her here yesterday and the Owner took her on a ranger ride through the zoo and took her to feed the hippo and cats. I've been to so many zoos around the country and this one is by far THE BEST. Awesome up close experience with the animals... More 

Thank Adrenaline J
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

While they seem to really have the animals care in mind, the zoo is mostly old, retired animals from other zoo's or rescue animals. A lot of obvious inbreeding seems to take place. I did not feel safe near some of the cages that didn't look very secure. They will take some animals out of the cages for a close... More 

2 Thank Donna J
Gladstone, Michigan
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

I took my niece and nephews here hoping to give them a great afternoon when we got there I knew this was not a happy place for the animals. The animals seemed to be stressed. The cages are to small, and all the water that was part of the their habitat was stagnant and gross. I can't believe this place... More 

2 Thank lamarch
Smiths Creek, Michigan
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

Well, getting this close to some of those animals in the Sate of Michigan is surely unique; however the ubiquitous smell of poo-poo fills the air.

1 Thank Don N
Houston, Texas
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2016

Horrible conditions for the animals. They are obviously stressed. The cages are too small. I was disgusted by the conditions.

8 Thank Seattle1213
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370 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2016 via mobile

I came here on an unusually warm October day in 2014 very early in the morning to listen to the animals and it was AWESOME!! I heard the constant roar of a lion that wasn't a lion? When the zoo opened I found out it was the sound of a brahma bull!! Then I heard the lion roar and ran... More 

1 Thank Tigerman777
Lafayette, Louisiana
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2016

My family and I had a blast here! Bud DeYoung and Carrie really offer a unique experience. They are very interactive with the visitors, and animals. I've never experienced anything like this before. The entire staff works really hard 24/7 to take care of the animals. They are a big family, and work together as a unit. We will definitely... More 

2 Thank ImpGoddess999
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35 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

I stopped in the area to visit with a good friend from High School and they mention about this zoo. It was an amazing and fun fill day of watching and learning. My Granddaughter even got to feed Wallace the Hippo. It made her day. We saw animals that I hadn't seen before or so close up. This zoo is... More 

2 Thank Renee S

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