Many animals I used to see there were not there. No flamingos, ostriches, snow leopards, panthers, bobcats, monkeys, oranatangs, no large birds like parrots, eagles, buzzards, etc. We did find some beautiful birds inside the gift shop, but how many people miss them as they are on the other side of the store from the exit? We enjoyed the African exhibit, but expected more. I'd like to see cheetahs and other native animals of Africa. My son was looking forward to seeing kangaroos, there were none. My favorite is the lions and we did spend a lot of time watching them and the giraffes. We walked the zoo twice in the hour and forty-five minutes we were there. It's way too small. I hope they continue to build it up and bring back what they've lost.
It is true they are fixing up a few of the Africa exhibits. When I was there they charged half price since some of the exhibits were open. What I have found to be cheaper is to get a zoo membership and visit reciprocal zoos. I bought a family membership to Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington for $50. I can get into a number of zoos across the country (and Peoria) for free. I actually like the Peoria zoo.
The animals were well takien care of. There are still alot of unfinished areas! It was 32.00 for my family of 4, 2 children 2 adults. There are alot of farm-type animals but my kids really enjoyed the petting part of the zoo. The new African addition is nice but not finished. And a 16oz gatorade out of the vending machine was $2.00!
I can go to St. Louis zoo and have a much better time and get in free! The Peoria zoo cost the family almost $30 and that was just to get in. But it is better than it used to be. It used to be about a third of the size.
This zoo can hardly be classified as a zoo. Most of the animals are farm type animals. We are waiting patiently for the expansion, which will bring in more exotic animals and hopefully give it more of a 'zoo feel'. Currently, we can do the zoo in less than an hour, which includes the petting zoo and playing on the playground. I advise you to sign up for the "behind the scenes tour". Otherwise, there just isn't anything to see.
I thought it was horrible because the Zebra's were brown and there weren't alot of animals there was nly one tiger. the animals don't have enough space. It smells really bad,especially the bats, and the sea lion show was boring. it is ranked as the second worst zoo in the nation. It is a definate not see!!!
It was a hot sunny day.. Upon our arrival, we could hear the bark of the sea lion. After walking the entire zoo, I was totally impressed with its cleanliness. Each cage had fresh running water and the animals didn't seem at all stressed...and neither were we:)
It was a great place to spend an afternoon.
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