|Address:||W7013 Spring Rd, Greenville, WI 54942, USA|
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The price wasnt bad and the people were very friendly, I am not judging their good intentions but I felt uncomfortable watching those animals in the little cages, they all seem healthy and the cages were mostly clean but some birds didnt have water, the turkey was about to faint from the heat and no shade or water for the poor thing, the bears were in cages so small I was hoping that at the end of the day they had a better place to go to because if thats all the space they have to live, life is pretty miserable for those animals. The large felines such as the lion and the tiger were in cages barely the size of a regular dog kennel. The goats and the otter had better cages, better than the larger animals. Overall experience, it was my birthday and for the rest of the day the memories brought me some sort of sadness. I am sorry if those people have good intentions but not enough resources, I hope you can do better for those animals or let them go to somewhere better, I dont want judge those people because they are the only ones that know what is happening behind the scenes and I hope to see this place improve.
My son was bit by one of their animals. There was a bench for children to climb onto to see the prairie dogs. When climbing up it, he was bit. They didnt seem very apologetic and didnt even offer any sort of compensation. It most certainly gave me a special memory that I wont ever forget; unfortunately, it wasnt a pleasant one. Edit in response of zoos facebook response (We also have multiple signs around the zoo telling you not to put your fingers in cages. If you allow your child to run freely and do whatever he likes it is your own fault.): And this is a prime example of the attitude of the zoo. My son was right next to me when it happened, not running around freely. The bench was an open invitation to peer into the cage. The cage was where he needed to put his hands to climb up. There wasnt a caution sign anywhere near this purposely placed viewing area. An employee admitted that the prairie dog shouldnt have been able to access the top of the cage. Dont try to chalk this up to negligence of my parenting skills. You should be ashamed of your response.
From a value standpoint it was expensive, The petting zoo was fairly good, nice employees, but the animals living conditions were to be blunt, depressing. They seem healthy, but they are in the equivalent of oversized steel bar dog kennels. they do not have habitats, and even the larger animals like the Lions had a area that could not have been much larger than a 12 by 12 living space. if I were in charge of inspecting that zoo i would have shut it down a long time ago. and their gift shop is one of the worst things I have ever seen. Most of the stuff appears they went to a garage sale picked up all of their cheep toys, put them behind glass and mark them up 1000%. for instance a "used " out of box 8 inch long diecast pickup truck for $22 that I wouldnt have picked up at a garage sale for more than $1, the whole thing was just sad.
This zoo was depressing. The animal cages were too small and lacked any sort of natural habitat. Throughout the zoo they had signs that stated the cages were at USDA and DNR standards...if this is true, the standards are miserably low. The gift shop was dirty, dusty and filled with thrift shore items. A used you horse was priced at $22.00. The saddest thing was the giraffe...alone In a bare enclosure. He was following us, vomiting and drooling. Nothing but a rubber ball. Ducks in exhibits with no water to swim in...the list goes on and on. We were there during feeding time and I do have to say the food appeared fresh and plentiful. The cashier told us the lion died due to leukemia it "caught" from wild cats that run through the zoo at night. I really am doubtful about this. Not a zoo I would reccommend...
Overall, good experience. I almost avoided taking my family to this zoo based on previous feedback on Google Reviews... However, Im glad we went. The animals looked well fed and seemed mostly happy, the staff was kind, and the zoo was moderately clean (not quite as clean and uniform as other major zoos- but understandable as it is a privately owned zoo). With that being said... Im not an expert on how much living space these animals need- but the living space did seem a tad bit small for some of them (lions, tigers, and even the giraffe). Other animals seemed to have ample space. In summary, I would highly recommend visiting this zoo... especially if you live in the Appleton, Neenah, Menasha area and have kids. My kids had a blast, the animals were very interactive, and the prices were very reasonable.
They have lots of animals to see and a nice petting zoo. I actually was really surprised how much animals they had. I was also surprised to see how active the animals were. I think the best part of this zoo is the petting zoo in my opinion. We got to pet goats, little pigs, baby lynxs, bunnies, and many more. Also they had a little building you could walk into where the birds were flying and you can feed them bird sticks. That was cute! Also the train ride is enjoyable! But...The monkeys like to make eye contact...and kept putting their hands out to us. One started screaming at us, not sure why but it startled me. The lady said maybe the female could smell that some of us girls were on our "monthly time". That was the only strange part to me. Also some cages could be improved a lot.
Its sad. Ive been there before and even though the animals are in tiny cages, I put my own desire to be close to wild animals above the welfare of the animals themselves. The USDA violations are reprehensible though. And this is only what the inspectors saw on an average day. I feel bad for the employees. They work very hard with limited incomes and supplies. At the end of the day, they are trapped as much as the animals that they love, for what would happen should they leave? I cannot, in good conscious, continue to support a FOR PROFIT ANIMAL HOARDER that exploits wildlife and its customers. Time to SHUT IT DOWN.
This is a great zoo. For a personally owned zoo that raises all their animals on their own from birth, I think they do a great job taking care of all the animals. Some cages may be small but the animals are happy and the kids love that you can get right up close to all the animals especially the giraffe! The petting zoo is always the best part and they have an amazing playground for the kids. The owners are great and friendly and always come with plenty of quarters because there are tons of goats and a pig to feed. A fantastic zoo that I will definitely keep coming to!
If I could give zero, I would. They had a zebra in with a just born baby camel, it still had its umbilical cord attached.The mom was doing her best to keep it away from the zebra. Well of course the zebra ends up kicking the newborn. After we called it to their attention they removed the zebra, and gave the baby a fast look over, hopefully it survives it and nothing internal happened. No animal should ever be in with a newborn and its mom! Also it is 86 degrees and most of the animals do not have a shaded area to get out of the sun.