I never write reviews but I LOVED this zoo! If you're in Jacksonville and looking for something to kill an afternoon you def need to check this out!!!! They give you a little bag of corn to feed the animals which are very friendly and they even take some animals out for you to pet. Very cute zoo totally worth the price!!! MUST GO!!!!
The kids have a blast coming here. The whole wooded park creates an air of mystery as you wind through the woods never knowing what you will see in the next exhibit. The director, Gary, is absolutely outstanding and obviously truly cares about each of his animals. The staff is all very friendly and i was surprised to learn that other then Gary, are all volunteers from the local area. It is a zoo, outside so yes, there are some roots in the path and animals smell like animals. Some of the reviews written must have been written by people who never played outside as kids. The enclosures themselves are weathered, but its obvious that theres always work being done to make the place as nice as possible. As to the reports about fences and sad animals, i can say that each pen gets inspected several times a year to ensure its big enough, and the electric fences are marked as such. Once you get towards the barn, some of the volunteers bring out some animals for the kids to interact with which they loved. In all, its a great place to kill an afternoon and we will definately return soon.
I took my 14 month old to the zoo and we had a great time! They have pigmy goats that run free around the park that are friendly and adorable! They have feed you can buy to feed the animals which was a nice. My son had so much fun. This is not some state zoo with exotic animals, and the animals are (if you can believe it) kept in fenced in areas that you walk by in order to see the animals so it does actually smell like animals (yet another shocker!) All the animals look to be a picture of health and look like animals usually do. In my experience I have never seen an animal smile so I'm not sure what other reviewers really mean in saying the animals look unhappy. When we were there the owner was rearranging some pins and things so my son was able to touch a very large turtle as well. All the people we met were incredibly nice and seemed to really care about these animals, most of which are rescues. We will be going back again and again. The experience is a great learning experience for kids of all ages.
liked some of the animals ...most of them you didn't get to see..either they weren't out or there hiding...didn't like that if you have a small child in a stroller it was very hard to push due to the roots n the sand....also the roots near the fences ..you have to be very careful you don't trip over them..i almost fell from the roots......It was kinda disappointed in the place..my niece came out to visit so we thought we try this place out...will not go back...the staff was friendly..but just wasn't enjoy it.......
I just went to this ZOO today. I was very excited to take my ten month old.But it was very disappointing. The area where it is located looks like a deep backwoods area. Most of the animals looked so depressed. A few of them were just pacing back and forth, looking very agitated. They were all kept in what looks like small cages. The environment was not well kept. they had the wrong signs for the wrong animals. They had pigeons, squirls, racoons, and skunks as some exhibit. The donkey, zebra looked miserable. A rooster escaped from his cage and was picking a fight with another rooster. THIS WAS A HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE. it felt like we paid someone to look at their caged pets.
ok its dose not even really look like a zoo. I was depressed and wanted to cry for the Animles and it looked like a crapshoot they do have a good amount of diferent animels but there cages are in horible shape and its nasty in some areas I feel bad for the people that run it but it needs to be shut down and have alot of work done to it
We live in Havelock & there is not much to do there. We decided to take a trip to the lynwood park zoo to see how it was. They have a variety of animals such as pot bellied pigs, chickens, donkeys, zebra, monkeys, llamas & many more. They bring out a few animals for you to pet or feed. They let a little boy feed a baby goat w/ a bottle it was too cute. Everyone that works there is very friendly. The ONLY thing I didn't like about it was all the roots in the ground. I had my son in a stroller so at some points it was kinda difficult to move him around but we managed. It was $8 a person to get in & they give you a bag of corn to feed to the variety of animals..We will def go back soon.
This is an amazing zoo. Though it may be small, there is a very relaxing atmosphere to it because there are all the wooded areas around and all you can hear were the animals. We went with my 7 month old son and he really enjoyed it - especially feeding the goats. the workers were great and friendly and the animals looked perfectly happy and interested in the guests. I don't see why some people dont like it because "it stinks" or "they're not cared for properly" that isn't the case at all. their habitats and what they eat suit them perfectly well and I would definitely go again and recommend it to others.
Half the inhabitants of this zoo are rescue animals. Gary, the proprietor, is marvelous! He came up to us and showed such joy and caring. Allowed my boys to pet a turtle, a "dragon", and a beautiful white bird. This is not the San Diego Zoo and it many respects, THANKFULLY SO! Take your children. It's a great experience. Todd Knoxville Tennessee
Wow my husband and I were very unhappy at the way the animals looked and there habitats. We thought it would be something nice to take our daughter to see but we were wrong most of the animals looked sick and unhappy, there were DOG pet taxi in most of the en closers for animals to sleep in. And the poor zebra had no grass at all just brush everywhere. And you could smell was animal fesses which make me believe that there en closers aren't cleaned properly. I'm not an animal activist by any means, but I feel so bad for those animals
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