|Address:||201 Park Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033, USA|
|Working:||10AM–5PM 10AM–5PM 10AM–5PM 10AM–5PM 10AM–5PM 10AM–5PM 10AM–5PM|
This zoo has animals indigenous to North America. Hence, why its called ZooAmerica. So, you will not see any exotic animals here. That, however, has nothing to do with why this zoo only gets 2 stars from me. The enclosures here are very tiny. They keep an ocelot in an indoor room the size of my living room. All of their outdoor enclosures are relatively small for the larger animals. The largest enclosures being for the wolves, bears, and some pronghorns and cranes. The mountain lions and elk are kept in smaller enclosures even though they are larger animals. They have no room to expand due to Hershey Park on one side and development on all the other sides. They should really relocate this zoo to a larger area, but I know that would cost too much money... I would give them a 1 star, but I have been behind the scenes years ago and know they receive adequate care and medical attention.
Decided to go through the zoo an hour before they closed yesterday. Worst idea I had all day! Immediately upon walking in, I was greeted with a rancid stench of decay and dirty habitats. The poor water Moccasin looked to be on his last leg, mouth agape for as long as ten minutes before I decided to venture through more. The bobcat kept pacing back and forth the entire time (usually caused by stress) and the other cats seemed to be doing similar actions once again, usually caused by stress. They had Armadillos in an open enclosure maybe 4 feet high that were TERRIFIED, wouldnt you be as well? Youd think with as much gross and profit as this place makes that theyd use it to create larger habitats and a cleaner environment for their so called "loved" animals. Please, take care of your animals this is just downright sad.
I brought my 9 year old granddaughter Bailee there for her 9th Birthday on April 8 2017. I called ahead to Zoo America since we were driving from Michigan to see what I may be able to set up in advance to make Bailees day even more special. The ladies at the gate were waiting for her and said Happy Birthday to her and then the staff in the gift shop were all at the door and said Happy Birthday all at once! There was a wonderful lady in the gift shop that went out of her way to put together a special gift bag for her to have on our way out. It was exactly what I was looking for when I called ahead. The zoo was a great for Bailees age and the exhibits are set up so the kids can get up close to see the animals. What a great addition to the fun in the area! Thanks again staff at Zoo America! YOU ROCK!
Pretty cool zoo with some interesting animals in the "African desert". One of my favorites, pick from over 50 animals to view. With that said there isnt many animals to see here, however that isnt too say that this it a bad place, just that for where its at and how much money the neighbors next door bring in, I would have thought they would attain a much broader selection of animals to see. Nonetheless a pretty neat adventure that doesnt take long to go through (45 minutes>) and serves as a momentary distraction or break from the rides that scream.
I really liked how it was organized (by ecosystem) but I felt really really bad for a lot of the animals. It seemed like the enclosures were too small for many of them (as evidenced by the animal pacing the perimeter).However, It is a nice place for children and families. (speaking of children: for the love of God dont let your children bang on the glass and shout at the animals, you savages)
Very small, but it was great! Well kept and clean. The animals seemed to be well taken care of. First time I saw a bear and a Peregrine Falcon, live in person! They have kernels that you can feed to the ducks and the geese, which I thought was neat. Just feed the machine a quarter, and you get a handful of corn kernels. If you dont have, there was plenty on the floor.
Five star experience. Reasonable entrance fee. Expensive gift shop. Staff extremely courteous and friendly helpful. Zoo very clean. Spacious enough to prevent overcrowding of guests even during free weekends. My review is based on 4 visits over 6 year time frame. Please consider visiting this great family friendly attraction. No smoking inside zoo grounds.
ZooAmerica is a hidden gem at Hershey Park! It is a must see when visiting the park. Very clean and the animals are all well taken care of. They offer educational activities and programs. While I was visiting they had 2 beautiful Barred Owls out for the public to see and ask questions. Was thrilling to be able to get up close to these magnificent birds!
Awesome zoo that is part of Hershey Park and you cant beat the price. It isnt a huge zoo, and only has animals from North America. Entry is free from the park. The bears are cool, and the wolves are awesome. There are also lots of birds and reptiles. Definitely dont miss it when visiting the park as this attraction definitely has the shortest lines.
This is a very specific zoo for North American animals. There are a lot of animals to see though. They have gray wolves, a black bear, prairie dogs, bobcats, bald eagles and numerous other animals specific for North America. The price of admission is included with Hershey park so its always a great to see the zoo when at the park.
As a standalone zoo it may not be that impressive, but this is a super nice place to visit while at Hershey Park. Wasnt too crowded and I got to spend as much time with the animals as I wanted to. Was especially fascinated by the tortoises - they were very active when I was there, and one of them was even being taken for a walk!
It is a zoo of North American animals only and they are very good at what they do. No lions or tigers but oh my the bears were playing in the water inches from us with just plexiglass glass between us. Go when it cools down. Today it was 5:30 or so but come July, wait until 7:30. Animals rest when its 90 degrees out.
Depressing experience. The enclosures are tiny, the conditions are pretty pathetic. This is the type of zoo that needs to go - they arent doing conservation or research, they arent providing good conditions for animals, theyre just there to let people look at animals (and Hershey to make a buck). Pathetic.
This is a nice zoo that takes a couple hours to walk through. Our admission is covered by our Hershey Park Passes, otherwise Im not sure if it would be worth the amount they charge; especially if your paying for your whole family. The staff was friendly and the zoo is well taken care of.
The worst zoo I ever been to. Its small. Has nothing but birds. A few cats (never see, a bear (never see)and wolves (never see) and I have been here 4 times. The enclosures are way to small for the animals. Save your money its a waste of 12$ per person. This place should be closed down!
A lot of the animals were asleep, which you cant control, so I didnt take away a star for that. I took the star because some of the exhibits were weirdly put together. You would have to look up into the exhibits to see the animals. Maybe making the glass go to the ceiling would help.