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“In need of an update "Safari"”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Bayou Wildlife Zoo

Bayou Wildlife Zoo
Ranked #2 of 13 things to do in Alvin
Certificate of Excellence
Fraser, Colorado
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44 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“In need of an update "Safari"”
Reviewed May 29, 2014

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.

Visited May 2014
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Houston, Texas
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43 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Take a Safari in Houston!”
Reviewed April 21, 2014

Our grandchildren ask us to take them here every time they come to visit. They love riding on the tram and having the animals come over to eat out of the food buckets. Animals from all over the world are here in an open, natural area. It really is like taking a Safari without having to leave Houston.

There is no food served -- except for the animals. But there are plenty of picnic tables. Bring your own picnic along and enjoy the park even longer. There are also pony rides for the younger children.

Visited May 2013
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Texas City, Texas
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81 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Great place for young kids”
Reviewed April 20, 2014 via mobile

We have been a couple of times. Takes about 3 hours, get up close with animals and ride the tram. It is hit and miss if the animals will come up to cars or tram. Go early before it gets hot and the animals get full. Giraffes are near and goat and pig petting area is fun. About the same price as zoo. Currently 20 for adults, 10 for kids 2 to 11, 2 and under free, Food buckets 2.50 plus tax on everything.

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“Grandson is 2 and loved it”
Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

We had a great time the grandson is only 2 he enjoyed feeding the animals. You can feed them and pet them from the train he wasnt scared of them.they have a great little petting area with goats and pigs. They have ponys rides for kids under 90 lds just pack up the kids ans a lunch. They don't have food there so you need to pack a lunch

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Katy, Texas
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Bayou Wildlife Park”
Reviewed March 14, 2014

I have been going here since I was a young boy and now I take my son there. We went recently for Spring Break and I was a little disappointed as there were not as many animals as there normally are and they didnt seem interested in eating probably because it was spring break and there was a ton of people all week. The individual rates are quite pricey ~$20 for adults and ~$10 for children along with a ~$2.50 fee per bucket of food. You get to ride in a trailor that drives around the park and the animals walk up to eat out of your bucket. They also have a pony ride for kids <90 lbs, as well as a petting zoo area with some goats and a few pigs. Group rates are better priced as we've had a birthday party there a few times but they don't reserve tables for you which is kind of disappointing. All in all its something fun and different to do.

Visited March 2014
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