This is not a zoo, it is abuse to animals. Any donations and funding should expedite
a transition for their removal for placement to a sanctuary which is clean and safe.
What is wrong with Binghamton officials. A BEER FEST being held at the zoo. WOW WHO WAS THE GENIUS THAT CAME UP WITH THAT IDEA! There are plenty of intoxicated residents in this area.... certainly do not need more wandering thru the
zoo. This is another indication -CLOSE THE ZOO. It is out of ignorance and desperation officials and the director have not improved the horrific state of the place.
The so called improvements they have implemented are brainless and discusting.
Instead of everybody complaining about the zoo, why don't you all do something to help?? They are always looking for donations! So many people would rather complain than to do something about the problem!
im going tommarow to see just how bad it is , i have lived here all my life but have not been to Ross Park for many years , it has changeg its face as fast as this community changes companys to work for ! yes im sure it lacks the funding it needs all of the MultiMillion dollar companys are Gone ,and with lilttle to no State funding all it has is the donations from its visitors to run on . Did you leave a donation to the park on your visit ??? it's tax deductable ! .. i'll write more after my visit ,, this was a great park with many rides at one time , i can remember haveing our family reunion there many time , the other park's you went to are now long gone ! ghost town in the glen ?? Gone nayouge park gone ! now its a junkyard , but there sit's ross park still after all these years ,
I have been to this zoo MANY times over the past 20 years, ever since I was 5 and I could remember and this zoo has gotten progressively worse over the years. First off, they keep "remodeling" which is essentially one small cramped cage in exchange for another newer cramped cage. The zoo overall is poorly thought out. Enclosures are either too small or poorly designed. They have a relatively small amount of animals and excuse me, but they actually have a crow exhibit. CROWS. and they looked in HORRIBLE shape, with one on the ground looking on the edge of deaths door. It was truly sad.
The enclosures themselves were either too broad or too small. It doesn't help when you cant see the animals. The wolf and reindeer should have been long and thinner instead of trying to make one pee smelling building try to display a very small area of both large enclosures. Many others thought the building was a bathroom by the lack of signage and we had to tell them it was in fact a display on or way past them.
The lone bear looked dead, and was pressed in the back most corner that would afford him a sliver of shade. Yes they built a platform for him to play on, but it was barren. He didn't move once the entire 10 minutes we stood there. The tiger cage WAS planned to be redone, but it should have never been in the state it was.
I could simply ramble on about how bad it was.. the musty otter/penguin house, the lone seahorse in their "coral reef" display ( they should have just added him to the bigger tank and covered up the other dirty tank), the stagnant aviary green house, the butterfly enclosure that was really just a mesh tent with some mulch and potted plants with no butterfly's.
On the walk down the hill to the exit, there are some tacky shed sized cabins built with wood and what looked like outhouses or very small sheds. I am unsure of what this was as it had a under construction sign on them, but they surely could've used the money from these to improve the rest of the zoo. Buy some fountains for the duck pond and the aviary greenhouse for instance... instead of just running a hose which Im sure they have a huge water bill wasting all that water. Or some glass you could actually see through on the building enclosures instead of having to cram your face against the tinted glass.
Lastly, for the walk down the hill, there is relatively NOTHING to see. And it is a long walk. Sure there are the reindeer and the wolves, but the reindeer lay under the lookout at a vantage that cannot be seen. The wolves are too little in suck a broad enclosure. While walking down to the exit be sure to keep yourself and kids to the middle of the path, as dense poison ivy patches flank either side right up to the edge. I was severely disappointed. I wish I could say please go to increase their funding, but it doesn't even seem like they are trying and it is at the cost of the poor animals. There fund allocation is severely mismanaged, as staff zipped around in brand new scooters and carts... i saw 4 different new, very expensive looking models, when the exhibits/prisions really need the funds.
The park and recreational area was much more popular than the zoo itself, which is a shame, and it is so far away from the zoo, that maybe people don't even realize the zoo is there. They should move the recreation area down the hill.
I honestly don't think I will ever be back again after this last visit, which is a shame.
Very displeased with the zoo - the tigers were in a small encloser and yet we seen one reindeer in a very large encloser - one penguin looked sick - the tigers had a empty egg carton in the encloser and yet no toys - park does not open until 10:00 and then by 11:00 its to hot to walk the paths - Its just hard to belive that the county has not done more for this historical park - it seems if we can pay top dollar for county adm. paychecks we should beable to support Ross Park.....
It will always be a special place in my
life. Having come there as child and adult.
The merryground , the slides, the swings
and seeing the animals were the things I looked forward to when it was summer vacation.
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