We took the kids over Memorial Day weekend, since the weather was sunny and it was a close-by attraction. Entrance is $20 per adult, and 15 year olds are considered as adults. We bought the buckets of food for the animals also. We started off by getting confused with where the parking entrance was, and ended up driving in the actual reserve area for a bit.
There is only one toilet for men and one for women, so if the place is busy, you might wait a bit. Since we missed all the trams, we decided to go busy ourselves with the Petting Zoo to kill time. Don't get me wrong, it was a lot of fun to be able to meet the goats and pigs up close, but I got quite sad about the condition of these poor babies. The pigs had no mud to cool off in, some of the goats were in desperate need of "pedicures" on their hoofs, and all of the animals were completely overweight! Perhaps the animals can be placed on a rotation schedule to minimize the over-feeding?
We proceeded to go on the tram tour, and thought it was going to be really cool, but were disappointed in some aspects.
1. We could barely hear what our guide had to say over the chatter of our fellow guests, rambling of the tram and poor sound system. So we lost out on quite a bit of info about the animals.
2. A lot of the animal enclosures are of such a location, that you cannot really see the animals. We saw the Rhino in the far off distance before he entered his covered area. The kangaroos, alligator etc. were in enclosures behind the guest cars and the lemurs and majestic looking deers were on a tiny island in the middle of the pond. We saw the deer, but not the lemurs.
It was a lot of fun to see the animals we did end up seeing, but I feel that it would make more sense to make a few park adjustments. Move the guest parking away from the enclosures, upgrade the sound systems on the trams and train the drivers to slow down enough to allow ample time for photo opportunities.
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