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Review of Olympic Game Farm

Olympic Game Farm
Ranked #5 of 39 things to do in Sequim
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed September 19, 2006

I have never seen a "zoo" that is so depressing as this facility -apparently, it has been like this for a long time. The animals are allowed to be fed without limitations with bread, available for $ at the entrance, which should not be fed to any animal wild or tame. The prarie dogs were so fat, they looked like little balls with legs. The bears - some of them big Kodiak bears - sat there by the very low electric fence, looking fat with matte fur - waving at the cars to receive more bread. Some of the animals seem to be trained animals, but that made it even sadder.
The large game, elk, bison, deer, yak etc. looked a little better, at least they had more space to roam and grase. They still came up to the car, trying to get their heads into the windows begging for food.
Many of the enclosures seemed inappropriate and outdated for the animals, small square cages for some, electric fences for the bears (unsafe for visitors, although it is not allowed to leave the car), limited roaming space for others and nothing to challenge any of the animals in a natural way.
The whole facility did not seem to be maintained very well. I regret having supported this business with a very high entrance fee (you pay per person in the vehicle) and will not go there again.
I would not recommend anyone to visit the Olympic Game Farm, but rather recommend to spend the day at the Dungeness Spit instead.

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Reviewed July 8, 2006

We went to the game farm this afternoon and felt nothing but saddened at the conditions that the animals were living in. We felt guilty for having patronized an establishment that keeps animals in such poor conditions. The place looks like it is well past its prime. It is in need of upkeep/updating and the animals are kept in conditions that would have been substandard even a decade ago.

The enclosures/cages are in shabby shape and the animals are not living in any type of habitat that is even remotely close to the conditions that they would live in if they were in the wild. While I realize that the animals cannot be released from captivity, the park could adopt a more humane approach to their enclosures/cages and re-fashion them as modern and reputable zoos have done so that the animals live in an environment that bears some resemblance to the animal’s natural habitat. Mind you, I am not against keeping animals in captivity per se, but they should not be kept in enclosures fashioned of concrete pipe, chain link fencing and gravel.

The walking tour was off limits today when we were there, but sadly, we did get a glimpse of a lion lying in a gravel floored cage that appeared much too small for this type of animal. We also saw a lone wolfe enclosed in a similar type of cage. The cages along the walking tour were especially troubling. They were fashioned from concrete, plywood and chain link fencing. They were small and in close proximity to one another. They resembled a shabby dog kennel versus any type of zoo/animal park that would house wild animals. It was troubling to think of Tigers, Lions, and Cougars living in these small cages and we were glad that we were spared seeing them in this deplorable state.

While, it is entertaining to feed a yak or a buffalo, I could not help but think that white bread was probably not the healthiest thing to be feeding a wild animal. I was also troubled that the staff did not give any guidelines on feeding the animals as we entered the park and there appeared to be no controls in place to assure that the animals were only being fed foods that would not upset their digestive systems. We did not see a single staff person once we began the driving tour. The only staff that we saw were at the gift shop and taking money at the gate. Nobody was monitoring what was actually being given to the animals and people were allowed to bring in outside food for feeding the animals.

Kids may appreciate seeing the animals because they can overlook their unnatural and shabby surroundings, but adults who have been to professionally run zoos such as the Woodland Park Zoo or the San Diego Zoo will likely be saddened/troubled by the experience. This roadside zoo is much like zoos in third-world countries where animal rights is an unheard of concept.

I will not patronize this establishment again and would encourage others who are concerned for the humane treatment of animals in captivity to donate their money to charities that advocate for the humane treatment of animals, rather than to give their money to an establishment that seems to only care about lining their pockets since it is painfully obvious that they haven't invested much of their annual proceeds in upkeep of the farm or to improve the living conditions of the animals who line their pockets with cash.

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Reviewed June 7, 2006

We just visited the Olympic Game Farm in Sequim Washington – a two-year old, his father, two teenage girls, and me, the matriarch. Our expectations were low – we had missed the ferry to Victoria and had several hours before the next one would leave – so we didn’t worry when the paint was faded on the few signs we did see or when the GPS took us down a dirt road or when we arrived at a dirt parking lot with a kiosk and a faded way-too-small building labeled “Aquarium.” Despite the web site, there was no walking tour and no zebra. It was $9.00 per adult, which seemed a little high for the small amount we could see.

But the fun began almost immediately.

I bought $4.00 worth of bread – thinking of the tiny cups of crumbs offered at most zoos. We were given 8 bags of wheat hot dog buns and rolls and bread! As the pile mounted on my lap, all five of us laughed hysterically. (The bread was fresh and, at 50 cents a loaf, it was the cheapest bread I’d seen in years. It tasted fine to us and the animals liked it too.) The ‘aquarium’ definitely confirmed our fears – a small tank with a visible fin -- perhaps fake. We couldn’t throw the bread hard enough to get to the tank, but the seagulls took bread from our hands, walked all over the car, perched on the window of the car, and flew up to catch bread in the air. We figured that this was some entertainment for our money. .. And then we met the yaks… The fun really began! They stuck their heads in our car and snorted at us. The bears couldn’t reach us, but they clapped their hands when we clapped our hands, and stood up when we said “Up.” Perhaps it is anthropomorphic but they seemed to be playing with us as much as we were playing with them. The peacock took bread from our hands. The deer loped beside the car. Even the elk raised his heavy antlers and sauntered over to us. Actually, their interest in the bread seemed less than their interest in us. When the birds snatched the bread, none of the other animals seemed to care. They didn’t fight about the bread. But they stuck their heads in our car and snorted at us. They followed us. They seemed to enjoy teasing us.

Perhaps there is a valid point about the problem of animals in captivity, but we saw nothing here that indicated any of the animals were neglected in any way. They had plenty of food without the bread that we gave them. The water was clean and available. They looked healthy.

And it was an opportunity for us to get close to animals we would never have seen otherwise. We had an absolutely wonderful time. The kids said they never cared if we got to Victoria because the Olympic Game Farm was worth the trip alone.

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Woodinville, Washington
Reviewed February 28, 2005

After going to the Olympic Game Farm it saddened me to see these wild exotic animals living in conditions so substandard. Many of the exotic animals are living in small cages, the tigers and cougars are in too small of cages. The water was scarce and when it was available it was growing algae. Anyone can feed the bears white wonderbread which should not be given to wildlife at all. The electric fences have metal peices sticking out that could hurt the animals and the fences are so low that the animals could get out easily. This is just a roadside zoo that the public should not support. It has been under investigation by the usda since 1991. I would not go again.

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Lynnwood, Washington
Reviewed April 28, 2003

The Olympic game farm is an excellent place to take the whole family and enjoy a great day outdoors!! Ive never been to any other place where you can get so close to these animals. I definetly reccomend buying lots of bread there to feed the animals. ( they sell it for a dollar a loaf.) Its amazing to see a huge buffalo, or deer come right up to you and eat out of your hand. I hope you all get a chance to experince this one of a kind place!! ~Nicole~

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