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“Animal Prison”

West Coast Game Park Safari
Ranked #4 of 23 things to do in Bandon
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Owner description: The United State's largest wild animal petting park.
Reviewed March 8, 2010

There were a few cool things about it and not all of the animals looked sickly and depressed, but the chimps looked like absolute prisoners and the lions and tigers had very small cages. The parrots were missing half of their feathers too. To me this place was no safari, it was more like a prison for animals.

9  Thank CAdreamin319
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Reviewed February 23, 2010

I went to WCGPS last week with a few of my friends. We figured, hey.. it's a petting zoo, and we love animals, so this should be great. The outside looked inviting so we continued on to get our cute animal fix. However, when you're inside it's a whole different story. A lot of the animals, that were caged, had little room to roam. The goats, llamas and other other animals were free to roam about.. but some of them did not look properly taken care of. One of the donkeys looked like it hadn't be brushed for a really long while. It's hair was matted. The hooves needed to be trimmed and scraped. Some of the lions looked ill. The best part of this trip was the fact we got to pet a possum, a baby leopard, a skunk and some ferrets.
We were talking to the inside cashier/zoo keeper lady.. and we talked to her about the chimp and how it knew sign language. She explained and then mentioned that the chimp doesn't know any other sign language.. uh signs, because no one interacts with him. Personally, they should let all these animals go to animal sanctuaries that can take care of them properly. It was not worth the money. I would highly recommend going to the Wild Life Safari in Winston OR. That place is awesome.

9  Thank KLP23
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Reviewed August 24, 2009

First, the good.
The interactive experience with the leopard cub, lion cub and Siberian lynx were incredible. Worth the price of admission by a longshot.
The bad... wow. Any animal in a cage was way, way too small cage. It was borderline sad that these animals stayed there all day everyday. There was not one handwashing station throughout the park and the bathroom is outside. That was totally unacceptable. Finally, it is nice that the deer, goats and llamas etc. walk around with you, but there is poop everywhere and I never witnessed one person cleaning it up. Taking a toddler there is a task because they want to run and touch everything and with poop everywhere, problems could be disastrous to the kid's health.
The park has potential to be something special, but it seems like it is run on a shoestring budget with no desire to make the experience for the animals as wonderful as it is for the people interacting with the cubs. There were plenty of people there and I can't imagine that they can't have enough money to buy and maintain some handwashing stations and to hire someone to clean up the poop continuously. Improving the cleanliness and making better environments for the animals would in turn make the experience better for the public, thus bringing in more money.

4  Thank BB2Seattle
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Reviewed July 29, 2009

I use to like this place until I realized how cruel it is to its resident chimps. Those poor animals have lived most of their lives in cages that are way too small. Every time we've been there you can tell they are bored out of their minds. I'm no radical animal group person, but I understand an organization has been trying to get them to surrender Sam and Daphne(?) to a chimp sanctuary, but the owner refuses. Maybe he should get locked up in the cage and see how he likes it for 20 years or so.

While in complaint mode...the last four times or so we've been there the bathroom has always been out of order. It seems to clog easily and no one seems in a hurry to fix it. Our last visit...a year and a half ago...was our last visit. We will never set foot in this place again unless they free the chimps!!!

On a positive note...the place does have a nice gift shop although it is a little small.

11  Thank SacNews
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Reviewed July 19, 2009

Holding and petting a 4-week old lion cub and a leopard cub - what a thrill. The handlers were very involved and careful and allowed only one family at a time to pet these babies. In addition to these cats, we also were able to see up close and pet a baby skunk, possum, lynx, wallbie and many other animals. Llamas, donkeys, goats, and several types of deer roamed freely hoping for treats (beware - when you bring in the little cup of food for them, they WILL swamp you!!!). The enclosures, contrary to what another contributor wrote, for most of the large animals were very spacious and attractive (I agree that the monkey cages and the small cat cages could have been larger). All of the animals appeared healthy and magnificent (being summer, some were shedding, but that is a normal cycle). All in all, we had an amazing visit!

1  Thank eldoradoeh
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