Decided to take some friends to this attraction recently. Was sorely disappointed. The amount of animals on the ride has plummetted from previous years.
I was also concerned about the lack of safety measures around the reserve. Although there were a lot of trucks patrolling, it seemed that the gates between areas were totally open. I was wondering what would happen if say a predator crossed over to an area where the deer were. In past years, I remember the gates were kept closed until a car came by.
Although some of the animals are used to a hot and humid climate, it wouldn't hurt to provide some more shade either real or artificial. Sure they're on an open reserve, but the patrol cars would herd them to stay in a particular spot, some in the middle of an open field.
I do have to commend the cleanliness of the restaurant and the washrooms in there. They were cleaning them very frequently.
Another disappointment was the Birds of Prey show, it was very sunny and hot on that day, there was no shade over the bleecher style seats. Also condition of the place looked rundown and old, paint tripping off and railings rusting.
The petting zoo was limited. You could only enter to pet goats.
I think they should have also took the opportunity to educate the public about animals with more informative displays.
I also felt very sorry for some of the birds that were kept in some incredibly tiny cages in the blasting sun with no shade.
I would agree that at roughly $10 cheaper, way more attractions, and better public education, it's a better idea to visit the Toronto Metro Zoo.
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