|Address:||963 County Street 2930, Tuttle, OK 73089, USA|
|Working:||Closed 9AM–5:30PM 9AM–5:30PM 9AM–5:30PM 9AM–5:30PM 9AM–5:30PM 9AM–5:30PM|
I wanted to share my unbelievable experience here. We did an over night stay for my 5 year anniversary with my wife. Things started awkward from the beginning when we checked in and the office girl and one of the zoo keepers get into a fight. The guy took us to our hut, which was pretty cool. But there wasnt a road to the hut you have to drive around a 100 yards on grass to get there. We then noticed a few things wrong. The toilet wasnt working that great and the room to our refrigerator and microwave was locked. The tile on the bathroom floor was breaking up and sticking up out of the floor so it was easy to trip over. We go to the office to explain the locked door. The office girl said the owner is on his way to help. (Not sure why they dont have a spare) Keep in mind we have around 100 dollars of groceries with us. So while waiting we go see animals. This is just basically a bunch of animals in cages no big deal really. After about an hour behold do we hear thunder? yes! rain is coming. We go to our hut to call about our door. This time a guy on the phone said the owner is still on his way. We wait a little longer then decide to just go back to the office and see what the deal is. Thats when we learned we were ALL alone at this place. I mean me and my wife only people here. Nobody told us they were leaving, nobody called and asked if everything was ok before leaving. Nope just flat out left us with no warning. Were coming in from Tulsa so we dont know anything about Tuttle. So our food is now ruined and have nothing to eat. I tried calling FOUR pizza places and none of them would deliver out to us since we were in the middle of nowhere! We then see some other girl in the parking lot and we talk to her. Tell her we cant get to our kitchen and were getting upset. So SHE gets on the phone with the owner and AGAIN were told hes on his way to talk to us. We end up finding a Sonic to eat and had to get some clothes. So with this storm we cant drive to our hut because all the grass is now muddy so we had to WALK the 100 yards in the heavy rain in the pitch black darkness. The owner NEVER came that night. He didnt even CALL us either. That night the only thing that was keeping us from saying "F this lets just go to a hotel and go to the OKC zoo" ,was we were told we can hold baby animals on our tour. Nope! The next day our tour was only like 40 mins. The owner was there and he apologized about our experience at least. He just took us in a circle around the place and never really gave us info about the animals. We fed some deer. He said the public couldnt be closer then 10 feet from a tiger, but then he had us get pictures with a tiger sitting next to us being held by a chain. The owner had a creepy vibe to him and the animal trainer had a creepy vibe as well. So long story short none of the people cared about us or considerate about our living conditions. We researched this place over night and learned that recently some tigers escaped their pens during storms just like the one we were in..all alone! If you come here just come for a few hours! Do not EVER stay the night. We paid 200 dollars for all this and not having a fridge or microwave. No lights outside at night so you cant see any animals. This place was just a big mess all around.
This place deserves no stars but at least one is required to post. I work for a Childcare Center and we took my class to this place yesterday (7/18/17) morning. When I called about a month ago to schedule the field trip, the lady I spoke to was real nice. She told me that we would be greeted at the entrance and given a tour with a tour guide around the place. She said the children would be able to interact with the animals and even get to pet some of them. Because we were a group, we were told it would be $8 a person. She also told me the entire tour would take about 2 hours. I called last week and spoke to the owner. I let him know that my group was going to have 4 less people. I wanted to check if the admission price would change. He told me we would still be charged $8 a person. Its a good thing I asked for $10 ($2 extra was going to be used to get the children a snow cone afterwards) because when we get there, we were charged $10 each. We got there around 9:50am and two girls came outside to greet us. I went inside with one of them to pay. She asked what time we planned on eating lunch. I told her that we were told the tour would take about 2 hours and we planned to eat lunch after. I walked out and the other girl told us where to begin the tour and where the bathrooms were and that was it. No tour guide was provided and many of the "prison cells" the animals were held in had no sign or label on them to tell us about the animals. All of the animals, except for the turtles, looked hot, miserable and lifeless. The tigers and bobcat (Im assuming thats what it was considering there was no information on the cage) had no water in their buckets. The tiger was panting so hard laying under the shade. The monkeys had a small bucket connected to a rope where the children could put food in and send it up to the monkeys. The only thing in the food bucket were dead insects and trash. When we walked past the hyenas, there was a strong smell of dead animal. Most of the animals were not even active. We finished up our self guided tour in about 30 mins. I took my kids to sit at the tables near the front office. There were workers on the site that were doing maintenance work. The owner came out and was very rude to them. When we finally found a worker, we asked if they could bring our ice chest with food down to us. It took them a good 30 mins just to do that and it was only us and 6 other visitors there at the time. The children asked the girl if they were going to get to see animals and pet them. She told them yes and that she would be right back after she goes to get the animals to bring out. We waited a whole hour, no exaggeration. We finally packed up and left. No one came out to stop us or ask us why we were leaving. They knew we were there on a field trip. We asked for our money back and got no luck. My children were very unhappy. We will never be going back. Please dont waste your money on this place. The staff are rude and just sit around in the shade on their phones. My director reported them to ASPCA when we returned.
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I cannot believe anyone would have something negative to say about Tiger Safari. Our trip there turned out to be really spectacular. When we first drove up I was mildly concerned. I, the daughter-in-law from Houston, had chosen Tiger Safari for the family outing this Thanksgiving. The park is definitely a work in progress, and thats apparent here and there. The new building is gorgeous, though, and my mother and I adored it. As we met Bill, the owner (great guy) and our volunteer guide, Heather, everything came together. Safety was clearly their number one concern, and poor Heather walked backward the entire time to ensure she could always see everyone in our party. No jumping ahead of her! She was really knowledgeable and kept the kids interested in everything. We all held a huge snake (for the kids she held the head and they held the body) and ferrets. We got to feel the kinkajous tail and get kisses from the camel baby. The kids loved the petting zoo with the friendly kangaroos, and got to ride on some super strong tortoises (even my husband and his brother did, too!). One of the kangaroos had a wound on his foot, and when Bill came over to ask us if wed like to see him feed the lions Heather told him about it. He immediately went to the kangaroos and must have called someone else to check on them because we soon saw a truck near their pen. The folks there were clearly as concerned about the animals as they were about the safety of the humans. The highlight might have been when Bill brought the deer (fresh road kill) carcasses out for the lions and tigers. That was really cool to watch. And the safety again was phenomonal. He followed a complicated routine to ensure the animals were always thoroughly locked up when he entered and left the cage. There is no question well be back with all our kids in tow. Wed like to see the new camel corral and lemur island that are going in. And maybe well even stay in the B&B they are putting together. If you are in the OKC area, have kids and have not been here yet, you are missing something cool. Bring your cameras because photo ops abound. And if you are driving through the area I would still say it is worth a stop.