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“Great place!”

Brown's Oakridge Zoo
Springfield, Illinois, United States
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
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“Great place!”
Reviewed July 19, 2012

I took both my teenager and toddler here last week. It was great! I don't know if the term "zoo" is appropriate, because it seemed like many of the animals have been rescued from places that can't take care of them.
My kids and I loved it! It was very hand on and educational. I have told many of my friends about it!

Visited July 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A unique and humbling experience”
Reviewed October 11, 2011

It is rare to have such an experience in the average zoo. Usually large corporations or government simply run them for 'educational' purposes. Rarely does one get to connect to the animals.
The Brown Oakridge Zoo is completely different. A family has given their time, space, and energy to give animals a space to live in nature. Unlike zoo's that are within a city or city limit, thus exposed to the hectic, noisy, and polluted environment of the city, Brown Oakridge Zoo allows them their connection with nature.

The staff, as already mentioned, was the family. The zoo itself is by appointment only during the weekday and the that is the key to the experience. You will be given a tour by the family and given the animal background as well as the individual animals history in regard to it being there. The family has provided the animals with a peaceful and save refuge, which ironically not many zoos can provide.

If you do go and visit during a certain time, you might have the unique experience of meeting one of their babies. We had the pleasure of meeting Bogdan who was at 5 weeks old already a heartbreaker that you could not resist. We were given the chance to simply sit with him, pet him, and upon his demand: feed him his bottle. Trust us, you don't say no to his demands. His cuteness demanded it.

It simply was amazing to interact with animals that are unfortunately still on the endangered species list. Though it might not look like it, the zoo can be highly educational for all ages by giving you an experience very few locations can provide.
To us it was another lesson for us appreciating the unique wildlife that should be preserved and cherish.

As a last thought and wish, when you visit, please be respectful to the animals and do not expect them to perform silly tricks. They are there to enjoy life just as much as you do.

Visited October 2011
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Illinois
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Brown's Oakridge Zoo”
Reviewed September 10, 2009

If you’re looking for an experience that you children will always remember then Brown's Oakridge Zoo in Smithfield IL, should be at the top of your list. Brown's Oakridge Zoo is the only privately owned ZOO in the State of Illinois. Visit their Website http://brownsoakridgezoo.com/ .Don't show up expecting to see the normal everyday Zoo. This Zoo gets personal, literally, you will get personal with the Zoo animals!! They have 2 white Siberian Tigers, the only ones in the state of Illinois. This place is so personal, you can actually sit in Nancy & Ivan Brown's front lawn and feed, hold, & pet the baby Tigers, Lions, Leopards, Black Bear, & other cubs that happen to be living in their yard. Just DO NOT scratch or rough house with them, or they'll be whisked away back to the house. Nobody wants to be around a 750lb Siberian Tiger who likes play rough with people! The Zoo is located about 1 hour west of Peoria IL, or 30 minutes east of Macomb IL, home of WIU, & 30 minutes west of Canton IL. It is in the middle of nowhere, but that is part of the experience. Absolutely worth the drive. The zoo is extremely affordable, $5 for adults, less for kid’s udder 12. & $20 for unlimited photos per camera with the cubs!! This is an experience that any child (or adult) will remember for years. No where else would you get to spend such quality time with such adorable cubs.

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