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“drive thru animal park”

Arbuckle Wilderness
Ranked #4 of 7 things to do in Davis
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Drive-through safari adventure featuring lots of exotic animals.
Reviewed January 2, 2012

This park is not that great for the price you pay. You can buy food to feed the animals as you drive thru.

5  Thank mary2
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Reviewed January 1, 2012

Visited the Arbuckle Wilderness on the 31st of December; 4 people all between 30 and 27. As you drive through the gate you are greeted by photos of giraffes, white tigers, and lions. That was the only time I saw any of those animals.

My wife asked, as we were paying, "are all of the animals out this time of year?" We all laughed at the time, of COURSE all the animals would be out! Well, turns out her question was on point: the only animals we saw were emus, alpacas, ostriches, a few buffalo, your standard white tail deer, and miniature donkeys (which were admittedly fairly adorable). That said, nothing remotely exotic and no warning whatsoever that what we would really be driving through was some schlubs alpaca farm, paying them to feed their animals.

For over 70 dollars, I expected a lot more, and was very disappointed. That said, if you're a huge miniature donkey fan, this is for you.

If the owner of the company has a conscience, he'd HAPPILY refund our group half of our money back. We shall see...

5  Thank Noah J
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Reviewed December 29, 2011

This was OK but not anything great. On the day we went the animals seemed too lazy to get us and move about, except for the ostrich that tried to attack us and take away the food!

1  Thank okiedokie63
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Reviewed December 27, 2011

We've been there before, a few years ago, and remembered it as being fun so we decided to take our kids there. Well, big mistake. It's rather expensive 17 dollars per adult, a little less for the kids, but ours are too young to pay.
It was a TREMENDOUS disappointment. We expected to see giraffes, well, they are in Florida, and we were NOT told ahead of time
The roads are so bad I was actually getting scared
I am told there are zebras, but they didn't come down
There are rhinos, behind a fence and far away.
That's pretty much it for the exotics, but yes, you can feed lots of donkeys, various goats, and emus.
The walk through zoo was also closed, and no, we weren't told about that ahead of time either.
Tremendous tremendous waste of time and money. We are NOT going there again. Next time we'll try the one in Gainsville, or the G.W exotic cats.

5  Thank Oksana K
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Reviewed September 25, 2011

Last time at the park was 20 years ago. This time with three grandkids. After reading the reviews I was apprehensive but could not turn back with three excited kids. I don't remember the road being good years ago. Yes lots of potholes but at 5 mph it's hard not to miss them SO. Inside was friendly. I found nothing wrong with the gift shop. Lots of stuffed animals and tshirts. Might be because we came through an animal park. It was fun. No giraffe but we knew that. Was a bit slow to start seeing them but when we did it wad hilarious. Yes pricey. $92 for two seniors , three kids and six cups of food but well worth the memories and the slobbers on the car. Get over the road and no giraffe. We did not go in the walk around so no comment on it. As I'm writing they're all talking about what a good time they had.

3  Thank DSmith52
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