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Review of Animal Ark

Animal Ark
Ranked #9 of 128 things to do in Reno
Certificate of Excellence
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Arlington, Massachusetts
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“worth the time to visit”
Reviewed August 14, 2012

I'm glad I got to see this. Lots of wild cats, many other animals, each with their own story about how they came to the Animal Ark shelter. Some were illegal pets, others are former show animals, others were abandoned or hit by cars.

I was a little worried to see one badger restlessly running laps within her designated space - she looked nervous. But I have to believe that the caretakers know better than I do what these wild animals need for their comfort. I could have asked one of the knowledgeable staffers about it. The two we met were friendly and helpful, answering our questions and offering more background information about the shelter and its animals.

In summertime, go as early in the day as you can; the animals, like us, just want to keep cool during the hottest parts of the day, and may be hiding in the shade when you visit. Wear a hat, wear sunblock, protect your skin: there is little shelter from the sun here. A light, long-sleeved shirt wouldn't be a bad idea. The shop sells water and ice cream bars as well as gift merchandise, and there's another station on site where you can buy water and cold drinks on the honor system.

Visited August 2012
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plhanson@olypen.com
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
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“Animal Ark Visit with grandkids”
Reviewed July 26, 2012

This place is privately operated and was very well done. It was a cool day, which helped to see the animals being more active. The volunteer workers were very informative and helpful to informing us about the background of the animals, where it came from, most are rapotor animals, and how they have improved. It was nice that the entry fee was a reasonable price, they told you when the bear feeding was so the children loved watching that. It was a very positive experience and we would visit again if in the area.

Visited July 2012
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Battle Ground, Washington
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Accolades for Animal Ark”
Reviewed July 24, 2012

Great place to visit ... loved that there were golf carts available to help save us senior Pacific Northwesterners from walking the distance (about a mile or so) in the heat! Everything was clean and well cared for ... staff was very friendly and informative. Loved being able to watch the black bear being fed and the creative way it was done. The gift shop was well stocked with interesting items including framed photos of animals at the sanctuary.

Visited July 2012
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Santa Clara, CA
Level 5 Contributor
39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Nice little sanctuary outside of Reno”
Reviewed July 22, 2012

I loved this place due to its purpose and the animals are pretty happy and well taken care of. They have volunteers everywhere and golf carts to help you navigate through the hilly parts of the sanctuary. The only concerns I have are Amy, the black bear, who seemed to be pacing quite a bit and her enclosure was kinda of small and the lack of trees there. I hope they have plans of expanding Amy's enclosure and plant more trees. Otherwise, it was a pleasant place to visit.

Visited July 2012
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Wonderful outing for kids and adults!”
Reviewed July 20, 2012

We went here with two pre-school children on a warm weekday morning. This is a fantastic and educational outing for children of all ages! This non-profit sanctuary houses many different species and you walk outdoors from exhibit to exhibit. It is well designed for stroller and wheelchair access. There is a small gift shop, and they sell cold sodas and bottled water. There is a nicely designed playground and lots of picnic tables too so packing a lunch would be a good idea. I recommend that you bring sunscreen and sunhats because you will be in the sun as you visit each exhibit. We intend to return in the Fall before they close for the winter.

Visited July 2012
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