This facility is home to more than 40 species of animals and is now officially the largest zoo in Nevada. Staffed by ... More
Sierra Safari Zoo
This facility is home to more than 40 species of animals and is now officially the largest zoo in Nevada. Staffed by volunteers and supported by donations, this organization does a marvelous job displaying the animals in their natural habitat. Special tours and field trips are available to provide educational fun for young and old alike. See lions and Siberian tigers roaming, reptiles slithering, baboons swinging, and parrots and other birds putting on their high-flying antics. If the weather is questionable, call before you visit.
From the picture posted on this site the place look decent enough, but when my family arrive there it was another story. The place looked like it was someone back yard. It was old and dirty, kindof beat down and just looked a mess. But we figure we would give it a try, since we have been to the aligator farm in Florida that looked worst, but was extra fun and exciting. Well any way, when we got in this place. we pay the fee and was told to go on back, so we proceed in to the "zoo" believe me whe I say, it was pathetic. There was bird poop everywhere. peacock just wondering around. One thing that I do have to admitt is that they do have a good variety of animals, however they are all extrem,ely depress looking. All the cages looked lie they we home made, there were piece of old wooden post wrapped with chain linked fences used as cages. My daughter was so distrunted at see the condition of the animals that she wouldn't stop crying. This place is on the brinks of animal cruelty. I can't believe that it has not been shut down or fine yet. They had over 75 piegon locked up in a small cage, as a exhbit. They had a alligator that was in a small liuttle confined ,fence area. They had a small house turtle as one of there exhbit and even use minture house as wild safari animals. We were just appaud at what we saw. This is the worst zoo ever and I hope mit gets close soon, because these animals deserves better.
I've been a Reno resident for some years, but only just got around to going to the Sierra Safari Zoo today. I wish I hadn't gone.
From their website and various reviews, the zoo seems like it'd be a great place to visit. Lots of happy, healthy animals that just want to be friends with everyone, and would never want to leave their magical wonderland of happiness and fun. In reality it is one of the most depressing places that anyone with even a modicum of love, compassion, or empathy for animals can visit.
Large snakes were stuffed into aquariums that weren't big enough for the average goldfish, the alligator had a tiny pool that was almost solid with bird feathers and dung. Sloths and kinkajous cowered in cement enclosures about the size of a walk in closet. Cages of predators surrounded a pen of deer, making it hard to decide which to feel more sorry for - the frustrated predators that could always see prey that they couldn't get to, or the frightened grazers who were constantly surrounded by the scents and sounds of those they would flee from in the wild.
Most depressing were the cats. The image of a caracal pacing back and forth in a cage only slightly larger than my bathroom, desperately longing for space to run which will forever be denied to it, will probably haunt me for the rest of my days.
Sierra Safari Zoo is not a happy place, unless you're the kind of person who finds joy in the misery of animals. If you aren't, I caution you to avoid this mill of misery and save yourself some heartache.
So it's not a Big zoo/Theme park, but I would have to say that Anyone who can take the time to provide a State that has nothing to look foward to other tham Legal Hookers, and Gambling, With an opportunity to be up close and friendly with soooo many exotic (and some very rare animals) that are as happy as they are (the animals) Without any profit whatsoever deserves something good. Instead of whinning about what you did not like why dont you donate and help make it to be something you would enjoy visiting. If you dont have the $$$, they do have a wish list. I have enjoyed spending time there with my kids, and my friends, not only to help keep it around, but to also let them know that we do support them, and are glad to have something as unique as their Non-Profit zoo to teach ourselves and our children about the world around us. It truely is a jewel in this barren dead, wasteland and should have more supporters to help them provide better exhibits, rather than a bunch of people talking down about them and not lifting a fingure to help.
I was dissapointed in one of the reviews i read. I visited the animals in summer of 2006 and they seemed very happy and excited, unlike those you see at other zoos. The animals appear to really enjoy themselves as well as the volunteers. The landscaping was a little bare, however you must remember that the zoo is in a desert! While walking through you can see plenty of beautiful animals. I really enjoyed my visit. If you love animals, then you will love the zoo too.
Sierra Safari Zoo is a fun place to visit. We saw animals up close, way better than other big zoos. We have gone back 3 times.
The animals all look healthy and happy, not pacing and hiding like other zoos.
Major improvements have occured with new displays and options for visitors. This place has undergone major changes that provide a wonderful place for people to get up close to a variety of animals. The staff are volunteers and most helpful. The animals are well cared for and most are super friendly. The pricing is well budgeted for family outings. It is one of Renos brighter family outing destinations.
It is amazing the variety of animals you get to see up close the zoo is growing and moving forward. Well worth a visit to spend time enjoying the marvels of the animal world in a friendly clean environment. A true Nevada treasure to appreciate.
I hate to be harsh, but I was at this place June 2005, and there was very little landscaping for the animals. We saw a bunch of animals in little cages baking in the heat. It was depressing. You do get to walk through (or, should I say, HAVE to walk through) a large deer pen to get to the majority of the cages. In the pen, you will be hounded by a bunch of obnoxious deer who will chew on your clothing in an attempt to beg food. If you're afraid of animals, or being chewed on in general, you will find it unpleasant. Kids will probably like it, because most kids won't notice or process the living conditions, but adults will probably be disappointed.
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