Exciting drive through wild animal park that is nestled on 600 acres and features exotic animals from around the world ... More
Exciting drive through wild animal park that is nestled on 600 acres and features exotic animals from around the world roaming freely in their natural habitat. A seasonal train ride is available, as well as multi-species animal shows in the Safari Dome from Memorial Day to Labor Day. A restaurant, gift shop, and picnic area are also on site.
I do like Wildlife safari because of the fact that you get to drive through the park and see the animals up close. The only problem with that, is sometimes you're lucky to see a lot of the animals. They often hide in the background and of course you can't leave your car or the roadway. The last couple times I've gone there I missed quite a few of the animals. Most of the time you only get a real good look at the ostrich which like to come up close to the car. They will poke their head in your window if it's open or grab at your windshield wipers. The price you pay to get in isn't really worth it and the staff, from my personal experiences, leave something to be desired. They aren't rude or anything, but they do tend to be M.I.A. (missing in action!) In fact the last time I was there I saw maybe two employees and neither real "upbeat." Wildlife Safari is neat and unique... but for the experience, too expensive. Adults are $17.50 kids over 3 are $11.50 and senior are $14.50 (prices are before memorial day weekend... after labor day weekend it's $3 cheaper.)
We take trips to california almost every year and every year we stop at the wildlife safari.It is the coolest place because you can see all different types of animals. I have gone to it maybe 5 times in my life and I would go 10 more because every time you go it is different. One time we were filming in the bear cage and we got one of them eating. It was kind of disgusting because you could see what it was eating but at the same time it was really interesting. Another time the emu came up to our window and scared the heck out of us. Of course there are five girls in the car lol. It was tons of fun and I would reccomend it to anyone !
I have visited Wildlife Safari several times over the past few years. The main portion of the park is the drive through trail - from your car you get to see zebras, giraffes, buffalo, yaks, large birds, rhino... some of them very up close and personal. Some animals, like the hippos, are rarely seen. Other animals are in enclosures where you aren't allowed to stop for long or have windows open - like the bear or lion area - this is for safety. But otherwise, you can take your time driving through.
The village portion of the park is free, but is slightly disappointing. There are very few shows, not many places to find something to eat, and most animals are behind glass. Sometimes a handler will have an animal on the lawn that you can pet - my daughter got to pet a ferret and a tortoise. But the elephant rides are way too expensive and the train ride, while cheaper, is a big, slow moving disappointment.
If you are in the Roseburg area, along the I-5 in Oregon, this is a worthwhile stop, especially if you have young children. But if your time is limited, take the car tour and skip the village.
I love Wildlife Safari. The staff are very friendly and take the time to talk to you and will let you pet the animals they walk around with. I visit the park each year when I go "home" for vacation.
I live in San Diego and we have the Wild Animal Park here with a guided bus tour through it. The best thing about Wildlife Safari is that you can drive yourself through the reserves. You can wait for the opportunity to get the photograph you want or you can pull over to watch your favorite animals.
The funniest thing that happened to me at Wildlife Safari is when I was photographing an emu from the car. He came up to my open window, cocked his head to look at me quizzically, then started to peck at my camera. It startled me, but I got the cutest picture!