|Address:||26205 E Colonial Dr, Christmas, FL 32709, USA|
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This experience was absolutely horrendous. The only reason they are receiving a star at all is because you are obligated to rate something on Google. I was extremely excited to go inside and take a tour of this place, as soon as I step foot inside the overwhelming feeling of sadness took over. I do not understand how an establishment like this is ABLE to charge 21 dollar a person (Florida Resident). The animals and their enclosures are falling apart and so neglected. The Jungle Cruise boat is on the verge of collapsing. As for the repairs they claim to be making, the chain link fence was spray painted black to cover the rust along with the PLANTS AND TREES behind it throughout the entire park! 1 out 4 walkways were accessible, and this one itself was in such disrepair that I feared falling through. Putting new wood planks ontop of old ones is NOT a repair. The owners/workers should be embarrassed they even have the OPEN sign on. This place should be condemned, honestly surprised officials hasnt stepped in to shut this place down. This establishment DOES NOT represent the "Real Florida".
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For 20 bucks a person, this place wasnt at all worth the drive from Orlando or the price. The feeding of the gators was very dull as they all looked over fed and the person feeding them had to try to feed about 5 different gators before one would open its mouth. The smell was contributed to a plant in the water so be prepared for the smell of raw sewage when visiting. The animals cages were very small and there was no continuous water supply for any of the animals so they were forced to drink stagnant water. Many of the animals paced back and forth in their cages as if they were trying to find a way out. There were also several safety concerns including the structure of the bridge which would flex under my 130 pound body. There also was a lot of rusted barb wire around the cages which is probably a danger for small children. There was also only one individual who was doing the wildlife show, feeding the gators, and doing the boat tour. The only positive part of the experience was being able to drive through Christmas.
I was verunning excited to go and take my wife here. She loves big cats and the wildlife. But by the time we left she was heartbroken. The cages they had the panthers in were super tiny and they had 2 panthers in 1...they were almost all concrete, I saw no fresh moving drinking water...all stangent. The cats werent even moving and looked horribly sad. Such a sad life for those beautiful animals. There was a fox, that was laying by one of the feeding tunes that looked super sickly, and wouldnt even eat the "fox food" we were given. The serval seemed to have the "best"area of them all...at least it was all dirt vs concrete, but still..no fresh water. The bridges all bent under our weight, barely feeling safe. In my opinion if youre going to see the animals, youre better going to big cat rescue in tampa, these animals dont look happy, I I feel horrible for them :(
While at the welcome center when we got to Florida this pamphlet just caught my eye and I am so glad it did. I read the reviews and I am glad I listened to the people that said it didnt look like much when you pull in the parking lot, but keep going. Very true. Our guide Megan, was completely awesome. Very educational and hands on place. My 8 yr old got to hold a baby gator, tarantula, and a small python. Also it is not crowded and you really get personal attention. The native indian presentation was very interesting. There are all kinds of animals you can feed as well. A boat tour past alligators is fun. My 8 yr old went here and Magic Kingdom for her first trip to Florida and she talks about Jungle Adventures more than she does the Magic Kingdom from our trip. This was also a shorter day adventure that was relaxing, entertaining and educational.
Now before you think this is another one of those "i know they people there so Im going to rave about it I dont know anyone there. But i have been there 5 times in the past couple years. Yeah its a little shabby looking but the people are awesome, the animals are great, their tour is fantastic. The native American tour is run by a guy who really goes out of his way to interact with you and make you feel like you are learning something and still have fun. It would be sad to see this place melt away. they could use all the local support they can get, they deserve it for trying so hard to take in and save as many local wildlife as they can.WAY better than the Sanford Central Zoo, just saying.
This is a wonderful off the beaten path place to visit! The people were excellent, friendly, and knowledgeable about everything they had at the park. We learned so much about the animals and Native Americans that we never knew! I loved holding the baby gator, cobra, and thought it was pretty neat to hold the tarantula. The animals looked well taken care of. You can tell they are loved. I especially liked the rustic feel of the place, it hasnt been overtaken by the "spectacle" of the bigger attractions. It has an authentic feel to it, and I wouldnt change a thing! My kids loved it and even the hubby enjoyed his time there.
We brought our kids here while visiting Florida. We saw lots of gators, and had a chance to hold one. We also got to hold a ball python. Our guide, Kim, was very informative and friendly. We got to see her feed the largest gators. The walkways looked recently new. Apparently, many of the animals, such as the cougars, were once owned by people who could no longer care for them. We learned that the cougars get enrichment time every day, which is great. We enjoyed the ringtail lemurs, turtles, and tortoises, as well. I was impressed with the compassion of the staff for the animals here. A nice place to visit.
My husband and I came on our honeymoon and we had a great time!! Definitely buy the 10 dollar food bag for all the animals! Our tour guide Morgan was super fun and informative! The lady working the counter on Sunday when we went was so sweet and helped us with all our questions! It does smell (newsflash its a zoo) and it is super hot (as all zoos are) but you can really tell they love the animals and try very hard to keep them happy and healthy. All the workers are very nice and they know the animals by name and their stories behind some of their rescues! This is a must do if youre around!
Such a great experience. I stopped for the restroom while my family and I where on a road trip to Orlando (from my). My mom and I thought the present action on the outside. My dad being the crazy guy he is, said we should go in. So we did. So so so happy my dad said that. The best thing that happened all week. Definitely worth the money(not expensive. Lol). Our tour guide person was the best!!!!!(Kim). She was so bright and happy. It looks really small on the outside. But dont be fooled. It is huge!!! Over 125 gators. You even got to touch some of hw animals. Best day ever!