I have been to a lot of zoos in many different places across the country (i.e. San Diego, Chicago, Columbus, Walt Disney World Animal Kingdom.) They are all enjoyable. But this one did seem to create an intimacy between the staff, the animals, and the guests like no other. The staff just really liked their jobs--both interacting with the wild animals and the ones on other side of the fence. (You can decide which are which). The shows connected with the audience and the animals seemed to really enjoy the experience (they were not just doing "tricks").
This is not a "polished" zoo. Although there are trams, you are walking on dirt roads. We spent the extra $20 and took the unimog tour. I am glad we did as we get up close and personal with some of the animals and were able to feed them.
I liked the fact that they take in rescues and do not have a breeding program, so they can take in more rescues. Food was just okay--typical hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza etc. But you are not there for the food.
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