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“Has gone horribly downhill!”
Review of Yellow River Game Ranch - CLOSED

Yellow River Game Ranch
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Owner description: A 24-acre animal preserve with a wide variety of local species.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

This used to be a favorite day trip for my family, but I'm sad to say we will not make the two hour journey ever again. The deer no longer roam free, there is no grass anywhere anymore, and so many of the cages are empty! I know zoos and game reserves house animals that might otherwise be put down, but honestly (and I'm an animal lover ) these animals have no quality of life and it might be better for them. This pace used to be nice. What happened? It should be shut down. Period.

2  Thank jennythyme
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

While the adults in our group were concerned about the condition of the animal enclosures, our
three year old grandson could have cared less. The excitement on his face as he hand-fed deer,
goats, sheep, donkeys, bunnies, ducks, squirrels and chipmunks was beyond joy. He even loved feeding the bears---through a pvc pipe that extends into the cage. He still relives the experience via all the great pictures we took that day.
Plan to go early in the day when it is cooler. The animals seem to be a bit more active, and the parking lot and trail are less crowded.

2  Thank VPP3
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

I'm not sure what the other reviewers are expecting -- this is a large wooded area. It's not going to be perfectly paved and free of leaves and debris like an artificial habitat. The animals that I see always seem pretty fat and happy. The experience is like no other. The animals come up to you for food -- they expect it (even squirrels!). Yes, they charge an entrance fee, but they could require that you purchase food from them as well (but they don't). Save money by bringing your food from home - crackers, carrots, lettuce, etc. If you want to see some animals that are in really confined, artificial habitats, go to the Atlanta Zoo -- that is the place that truly is sad. I've spoken to the workers before -- the animals in cages are let out during closed hours. They obviously come back to their cages because they want to be fed and petted by the tourists. You'll have a great time -- and it's worth the money.

1  Thank Laura H
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

Our granddaughter wanted to go to the Game Ranch for her 9th birthday party. She invited a few friends from school as well as some cousins and other friends. We gathered first in the picnic area to allow the kids to play on the small playground and for some birthday cake before going to see the animals. Even though the play area was a bit run down, the kids had a great time. The only restrooms that we saw were small and at the visitor's center. The trails are not at all smooth and it was a good thing we weren't trying to push a stroller or wheelchair on them. I imagine after a rain they are quite muddy. We brought small bags for everyone with carrots, peanuts and crackers to feed the animals, although you can buy (cash-only) feed at the visitor's center/gift shop. Some of the animals had signs suggesting the kind of food they preferred - it would have been helpful if all them had those signs. The kids had a great time feeding the people-friendly animals that wanted to be fed. They were disappointed to see so many animals still in their little shelters instead of out in the open pens - we were not always sure if the cages weren't actually empty. The kids enjoyed romping over the hilly paths and not being fussed at to "do not touch", "stay on the path", "stop running". The Game Ranch is a good place to experience nature in a simple and totally natural setting.

2  Thank bgoIndianapolis
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Reviewed May 19, 2013 via mobile

My 7 y/o son had a great time ! It seems most of the animals prefer peanuts (if you're buying food prior to arrival). For all the self-righteous animal rights folks, why not volunteer to repair some of the enclosures (if you really care). Better yet, sponsor one of the displays or animals. Remember, a lot of the animals here are "rescues". Everyone has an opinion until it costs them some money.

3  Thank Westy31006
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