|118 Castle Rd, Catskill, NY 12414, USA
|10AM–5PM 10AM–5PM 10AM–5PM 10AM–5PM 10AM–5PM 10AM–5PM 10AM–5PM
DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME! Today against my better judgment we took our 5 year old grandson to Baliwick Animal Park. This is the worst place I have ever seen. The animals are not taken care of at all. No food or water in any of the animal enclosures, all the water dishes were bone dry and had debris in them like old leaves etc. They looked like they hadnt been filled in quite awhile. I honestly think this place depends on the carrots and food the patrons buy for the animals and that is how they are fed. They have a $7.00 solo cup of carrots and $2.00 cups of feed or corn. We went through a cup of carrots (I would have bought more if the cups were less than $7.00) 6 cups of feed. I know in these kind of places animals always act like they have not been fed, but I honestly think these poor animals are not fed. We saw a woman feeding the ponies they use for rides. I have owned horses and what she feed the whole corral of ponies was not enough for one pony. They also had no water. The owner has been fined for beating a horse over the head with his bridle. The animal enclosures were all filthy, there was so much feces in the enclosures some of the animals had no place to move. There was also feces outside the enclosures so you had to watch where you walked. It is a very sad place but what really bothered me the most was the bears. They have two bears in two separate enclosures with nothing to play with or occupy themselves. Bears need to be occupied. One bear is so stressed he does nothing but pace and shake his head. The price for this place is certainly not worth it. They advertise a picnic area which consisted of a few picnic tables outside of their so called "office." I have written to the ASPCA, a NY Bear Rescue and I am also contacting the Dept. of Conversation and any other agency I can think of. These poor animals need to be rescued from this hell hole. I honestly think the good reviews on this place were written by the people who own it or friends of theirs. They had a macaw that looked like it had mites really really bad. The macaws and the parrots were outside and shivering. I hope I can get help for these poor animals. All this place is is a money grab for these people. The owner told us most of the animals were rescued. I can not imagine these animals being in a worse place than this. Stay away and save your money. If you want to see animals go to the Catskill Animal Sanctuary where they actually do rescue animals. Please do not pay these people to see this place. They are more interested in the money the animals bring in than the animals themselves. I am giving it one star because you have to rate it or can not post your review. It is not even worth one star.
An incredible experience. "Catskill Game Farm" on a smaller scale. Right near the old Catskill Game Farm. They have one of Catskill Game Farms Camels they got as a baby! The animals all appeared happy, well kept, and content. The animals are all rescues. They have ALL BEEN ADOPTED INTO THIS FOREVER FAMILY. Being an adoptee myself, I admire the owner for taking all of these animals in as his own "children." There is a bird as you walk in named Phoebe. She likes to go into the main entrance house and follow the employees. She has no feathers in the front. It is NOT BECAUSE SHE IS NOT TAKEN CARE OF. She was uncared for before she was rescued by this ranch and zoo. She lived a life of anxiety and is now at peace, in her serene home. There is a playground with a big wooden boat and wooden castle with a drawbridge for kids to play. Lots of picnic tables, and you can feed the animals. Two beautiful tigers. The parrots they have are so funny. They hang out on their perches and sometimes fly to different perches in the zoo. One of their blue and yellow McCaws learned the name of my little one. My older one was calling to him, and when the bird thought nobody was around, I hear "NIcky, NIcky, NIcky." It made me smile. I smiled and laughed all day. My little one loved feeding the deer. The goats were funny too. The camels were sweet and always came over to see what was going on. This place is well kept and clean. It is a wonderful place to take kids of all ages. Even grandparents would love it! High schoolers would get a kick out of the animals. The two tigers were funny, jumping in their pool and walking around. I plan on going back. The price is reasonable, and 2 and under is free. Look for Groupons! Give this place a shot. I highly recommend it.
My friend and I visited Bailiwick Animal Park in late summer 2014. It is a quaint family owned ranch and zoo. We first went horseback riding, which was like an equestrian adventure. Our instructor took us on a trail ride for an hour or so that took us all around the ranch and into the forest. My horse, Carbon, had a personality that I’ve never seen in a horse and was pretty animated. As for my friend, his horse was pretty calm and gentle. It was definitely worth the money. We took advantage of the package to also see the animal park, which was pretty interesting. The animals were approachable and non- threatening. They seemed to really enjoy their home and they weren’t as caged up like a conventional zoo. The animals had their space and freedom, and I kind of like that. It definitely stands apart from other zoos. I hope to come back again when I get a chance to visit the Catskills. Thanks, guys, for making a memorable experience for me!
Ruth Ann Paquette
Im extraordinarily upset after going to this place. Horses as far as I know seemed fine but after looking at their "zoo" I immediately began balling. As someone working towards becoming an animal rehabilitater I know how exotic animals should be kept and this place was they exact opposite. I saw a porcupine trying to claw its way out of a small dog crate, numerous clipped birds missing clumps of feathers (which means theyre pulling out of stress), half a dozen ring tailed lemurs in a small blue cage with nothing to play with but branches, bears in small non-enriched cages, continuously pacing, & more. They even asked why I was crying to just then tell me its ok because its all "legal". LEGAL DOESN"T EQUATE TO HUMANE.
This place is absolutely disgusting and a tragedy for these animals. These poor animals are living in tiny cages with no food or water. The second you walk in you can feel the overwhelming despair. These animals are obviously neglected and you can visibly see how underfed they were. The ponies and donkeys had visable hip bones perturding and were so desperate for food. All the animals were filthy and so incredibly unhappy. The living conditions for these poor things is literally heart breaking. How this place remains to stay open is beyond me. Someone needs to come in and rescue these animals