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Eureka Springs Safari Park

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Eureka Springs Safari Park

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Tammy K wrote a review Aug 2020
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The animals were so friendly and came right up to the car. Great experience for whole family. We hope that the zoo gets the support it needs to stay around for along time. This area needs this for the family. Definately worth going. Dont listen to negative comments. It's worth visit and supporting.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from las696s, Owner at Eureka Springs Safari Park
Responded 5 weeks ago
Thank you for the awesome review! We hope to see you guys on your next visit.
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Ann N wrote a review Aug 2020
Little Rock, Arkansas25 contributions8 helpful votes
Loved having the animals up close to the car. Wish there had been more; there was lots of driving without an animal around. I have some concern about their diet and surroundings and how they acclimate to the hot weather. However, the family seems very sincere about the animals and I'm glad we went.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from las696s, Owner at Eureka Springs Safari Park
Responded Aug 12, 2020
Thanks for your review, all of our animals are acclimated to the Ozarks weather and most were born here. Everything has shade, fresh water and a veterinary prescribed diet that they receive every day. We have wildlife biologists, conservationists and even animal cruelty investigators on staff. Some of our animals are rescues that have come from abuse, neglect or have been abandoned and have now found their forever home. When it’s very hot out the animals do like to sit in the shade or down in the creek area where it’s cooler.
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Cheryl M wrote a review Jul 2020
Kansas City, Missouri7 contributions4 helpful votes
Will never do this again! The animals in the gift shop (guinea pigs and rabbits) are in too small of spaces and are obviously being kept for breading/profit. Animals in petting zoo are also in very small spaces and come begging for the feed you can buy. There is a large sign when going to the drive through part indicating it is against Federal Law to feed the animals...but they sell you feed and tell you that you can feed the animals that come up to you. The animals practically charged the vehicles! They basically beg for you to feed them. There was a deer with its head stuck in the fence and another that seemed injured. We told them on the way out and they didn't seem concerned at all.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Response from las696s, Owner at Eureka Springs Safari Park
Responded Jul 2, 2020
Miserable people often have a hard time enjoying themselves in general. We raise animals for other zoos and rescue exotic animals as well. We have three certified abuse investigators on staff and also have many biologists, conservationists and other animal professionals that work here. Most of our visitors love our hands on experiences.
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Lacey B wrote a review Jul 2020
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Upon our arrival I would say that it seemed like a nice place and not everything I’m going to say about this place is bad. First thing and I read also other complaints afterwards was the guinea pig pen in the front entrance. My complaint is if you are claiming to be an animal rescue then why are you breeding animals for profit? The girl in the front working very nonchalantly told us only one male was in the cage with at least 40 females and babies. Second we drove through the safari. We actually thought this was mostly well maintained lovely and the only animals I was really concerned about were animals such as the camels and zebras. I hope they get to come out of those small enclosures often. Also the emus it seems could get hurt by vehicles easily and even though they are cool they do distract from other animals. We also loved the bison were amazing but also be prepared they may hurt your vehicle one did rub its horns on our car which we were fine with since they were so cool. Lastly for the safari. We found the biblical quotes and propaganda to be tasteless and had nothing to do with the animals or saving endangered species. Most animals you really couldn’t even learn about or know what you were looking at because there was really zero effort to educating people about the animals and protecting them. Also if you are a religious group how can you be breeding and profiting off the breeding of animals? Then using it to push the idea of god and Christianity upon your patrons! Lastly we went to the petting zoo and walk through area. I was super sad at the swan enclosure the poor guy only had an empty pool. A very small enclosure. Then we saw the lemurs gosh there enclosure was even smaller along with the saddest part of all the cats. Servals sat in the smallest cages and why? Why do you need to have these predators? Why are they in these tiny cages? Then the pigs. Yes they also breed pigs and another animal that looked like a red raccoon. We barely looked at them because they paced in a tiny tiny cage. Sad sad sad. I asked the woman why they choose to breed them. She said “I don’t choose to breed them. They choose to breed!” She also told us they have them separated at the moment so they don’t breed right now. So that was a lie they obviously breed animals for their own profit. Not to benefit the species. I love this place and I wish they would be stopped in breeding and the cats and lemurs and raccoons taken away they absolutely DONT deserve them. To have those animals requires more than what your required by the government. They need space! This is wrong and hope someday you are stopped! Then at the end finally I noticed a donation box. They said 20% of their animals are rescues. Only 20% and your donation is going to feeding the animals they are BREEDING FOR PROFIT AND KEEPING IN SMALL ENCLOSURES!
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Response from las696s, Owner at Eureka Springs Safari Park
Responded Jul 2, 2020
Our mission is very clear. We are a faith based family owned and operated park that does believe in the propagation of animals and we send animals around the world. Some of our animals are rescues, yes, and we don’t hide behind a non-profit status to pay for our employees and upkeep. All of our enclosures meet and exceed all federal, state and local requirements. We charge admission (not a donation) to provide for things like insurance, feed, payroll, Ect. We have three certified cruelty investigators on staff, wildlife biologists and conservationists. We have been owned and operated by the same family for 29 years. Our coatimundis are not raccoons and are not breeding. They were actively working on the swan exhibit during your visit so he was waiting for that to be completed and not sure we are going to have many babies with two male lemurs....
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Jacob Petrie wrote a review Jun 2020
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Bought the base package and still feel like I did not get my money’s worth for this package. Did not buy the vip package, hopefully that package is worth the money
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Response from las696s, Owner at Eureka Springs Safari Park
Responded Jun 16, 2020
Next time try our VIP Animal Adventure. This is where all of our hands-on activities happen. Like our Small Animal Encounter, Guided Wild Walk and VIP Guided Tram Tour!
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