|Address:||7400 Division Dr, Battle Creek, MI 49014, USA|
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The zoo is beautiful. There is a lot of walking involved, especially also to get to areas where there arent any animals (safari-type setting and decor in wild Africa). This part can get boring/tiring for kids or the elderly. However it was still great to just relax and take our time to walk around. It was humid and hot in many areas and I got tons of mosquito bites, so definitely bring your bug spray and sunscreen, or cover your arms/legs. The best part was the interactive parts where you could feed the animals. We fed the giraffes and goats and really enjoyed that. They give you a piece of lettuce for $1 or I think a bucket of leaves for $5. It was so much fun to feed the giraffes. Their tongues are so long that they can even reach into your buckets and pick up lettuce to eat. There were a whole bunch of exotic animals to see. Their lion exhibit area is still being set up so no lions. However we did see cheetahs, snow leopards, and various types of wolves/wild dogs. There is a HUGE turtle also at this site and its amazing to see. Youll also see the red panda, prairie dogs, European-style cattle, kangaroos, peacocks, llamas, monkeys, ostriches, zebras, vultures, bald eagle, an aviary, etc. Its very scenic and a great place to also go take a walk. There is a tram that goes from "international depot" to Wild Africa. We took the tram and Im glad we did because it would have been quite a walk and there were no animals on the way. Any water bodies had plenty of mosquitoes so it would not have been ideal to walk that whole way. The adult prices were $13.50 per person. We didnt really eat there but got a small gift from the gift shop. Overall it took us just under 4 hours to see the whole place, including the gift shops, at a strolling pace.
Anyone who says this zoo is disappointing is the reason society is disappointing. Ive been to many zoos in my day, and this zoo is a great little family getaway for the day. Reasonable prices and a lot of great exhibits. Awesome time. Great animals. I have no idea what people want these days. Then again most people are idiots. I really dont understand these people that say they only saw a few animals, do you not have eyes or know how to read a map? Everytime I have gone... I see the snow leopard, the cheetah, black bears, the zebras, the giraffes, the monkeys, this huge tortoise, peacocks walking around, kangaroos, all kinds of attractions! We hang out on the turtle pad and watch the turtles for an hour, theres hanging out in the main wild africa part, eating lunch while you watch giraffes, and the trails are nice as well because you get a little exercise. God forbid anyone be healthy. Also, the animals dont look malnourished. The person who said that needs to get an education because they clearly are using words they dont actaully understand. Also, the other person who said they only saw animals they could see in their backyard may be the dumbest person alive, there arent any animals there that you would see in your backyard. If you could read, which Im assuming you can not, you would know that these are special breeds of animals found in some amazing locations. And the prices are incredibly cheap. If you are complaining about the prices, you probably shouldnt have any kids in the first place. Dont live above your means and have kids if you cant afford them. Basic principle.
My family and I would go to this zoo all the time when I was a kid. Recently I took my own family there, and we were able to experience a lot of the things that I remembered from my youth. This zoo has a decent amount of highlights. The too of that list is of course Wild Africa. The space for the giraffes and a handful of other animals is so large that it is like seeing them in their home environment as they mingle together. The newer exhibits like the snow leopards and the beard are also very cool. One of the things that I felt always set this zoo apart is their use of the land. It has a more natural feel because it is essentially built amongst the forest with lots of space in between the habitats. Unfortunately this seems to mean that it takes a lot more effort to maintain, and as a result, many of the older parts of the zoo have fallen in disrepair. Boards from the older boardwalks are rotting and structures are roped off since they arent as safe. When we went this year, there seemed to be an improvement from last year with some boards replaced and the structures removed. This zoo has a lot of potential to be even better than it already is. It takes a lot to maintain something of this size and bring in new features at the same time. It needs the support of the community to do that. Please stop in and check it out.
An amazing quality zoo. A family of 4 3 Adults and 1 child is 54 plus a 1$ donation to the zoo witch I recommend everyone one do brought it too 55$ not a bad price and worth every bit, the walk is level for the most part with little small inclines and declines here and there my family and I highly suggest unless you are in it for the walk and exercise and not the animal viewing to take your time and enjoy the enclosure of the zoo and its animals and use the free tram that will take you to the Savannah part of the exhibit. The day was fun and full of adventure/ exploration. We got to feed CeCe the giraffe (expect it to be crowded the most in that area;) we also seen their new pride and joy the Lion. Although only from the side. How ever seeing the beautiful cheatah and we are sure the too hot snow lepord laying upon the rock was worth it. The unforgettable walk and adventure is 2.6mi with out walking to the Savannah and without walking the complete bored walk in the "USA" area. Its a unforgettable adventure for the family and anyone you include believe me you will not forget this time you spend and if your kids like mine will remember the day with you forever
Is the zoo nice?...yes, but after you have gone to the zoo for years there really isnt much too see anymore. I took my children to the zoo on Tuesday June 24, 2017 to be exact even called to confirm that the lion exhibit was open and had lions. This was confirmed by the zoo staff. After hours of walking and touring the zoo excited children (including other families) arrived at the lions exhibit and it was empty. I mean not a single lion. ARE YOU SERIOUS?. Every family which was a total of 5 at the time including ours and all had small children. Us as parents looked around the cages and searched for lions from every angle and entrance while trying to calm angry children. I am furious. We traveled over 30 miles to this zoo to be disappointed and feel like I was cheated out of $37. This is unfair especially when you call to confirm. I will waste my money this way ever again. The staff clearly lied to STEAL my hard earned money. The same way that they value their money, I valued my money also and want to spend it on things that we enjoy not a rip off.