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“Unique experience”

West Coast Game Park Safari
Ranked #7 of 18 things to do in Bandon
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The United State's largest wild animal petting park.
Reviewed September 2, 2013

I try to visit zoos with my family as often as possible, so we have been to many across the US. This on was unique. When you enter, you essentially roam with the animals. It is not a very big place, and some of the cages are on the small side. Since many of the animals roam around like deer, sheep, goats and donkeys, there' s alot of poop to look out for. It is also a little on the pricey side. For an adult and 2 kids the price was aboug $33. If you bring small kids, expect them to step in it. The cool part of this place is we got to pet a tiger cub, bear, cub, a bobcat, a fox and some ferrets which made for great pictures. The up close interactions with the exotic animals made the place worth visiting.

Thank Ken L
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"petting area"
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"snow leopard"
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"feed deer"
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

This a self-guided facility that is clean and well maintained. The trainers bring out young animals and let groups of people pet them and have pictures taken with them. Best to get there early in the morning.

Thank Arne S
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

There are some beautiful creatures here, and they all seemed to be in good health, and well-treated. But the habitats were all small, there was no educational material really, and it all seemed a little down at the heels. I felt a little sorry for the animals, and the people. But the kids seemed to like it, and it was fun to have the deer and goats come over to grab the food out of your hands while you tried to pet them. There are way better zoos for way less money.

2  Thank JoeTPortland
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

My husband and I visited the park after seeing signs for it on the road. Once the euphoria of playing with a baby tiger and other cubs wore off, the guilt immediately set in. We wish we had never supported this establishment, and that we had looked it up before going.

It was clear that the large exotic animals were unhappy, from their vacant looks to continuous pacing. The cages are way too small, considering the territories these animals would have in the wild. Not to mention the fact that the animals clearly do not get any form of mental stimulation. The staff are not trained zoo keepers. They do not know how to handle the animals.

After looking into it further, the park is not accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The fact that they have been around for more than 40 years and have not gotten this accreditation shows its' disinterest in the animals' welfare. Their website mentions nothing about the animals they have: where they come from, their history, or even information about the animal itself. This park boasts being educational, and this could not be further than the truth. If anything, they come off as secretive; as if they don't want anyone to know anything about the animals, because they know what they're doing is absolutely wrong.

This park should not be open! It is no more than a hobby farm, and by the sounds/looks of it, it is also an exotic cub mill. Terrible!

16  Thank van_cristina
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

I'm a local, and have gone here a handful of times throughout the years. It has been going downhill. I went on august 11, 2013. The walkways were all clean with a young teen constantly sweeping them, but the cages were filthy. It cost 17.50 to get in, and there were no educational signs anywhere. Some of the animals looked sick. Not all the workers seemed too happy to be there, the girl who was showing the baby animals in the nursery specifically. She couldn't be bothered to answer anyones questions, bored and grumpy and seemed way more interested in talking to what I assume was her boyfriend, and playing with her cigarette filters. Don't know if I'll be returning.

2  Thank CoastalHippie
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