1. Michael Feygin

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    This review HAS to be put in perspective.The zoo has a lot of high points for my family, but will probable have quite a few low points for families with stroller bound children and people confined to wheelchair.If you’re capable of walking, this zoo is great. The whole thing is in a forest with some paved trails and some wild ones, so strollers and wheelchairs are out.Inexpensive.Well stocked gift shop.Best and cleanest bathroom facilities I’ve ever seen in ANY zoo!Cages and enclosures are well set up to give visitors a good view, while providing the animal sufficient “flight distance”.My kids are aged 6, 12 and 15, and all three enjoyed themselves a great deal.We were there on a Sunday in July and there was plenty of parking.

  2. Christie C

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    It was one of the best small zoos I been to in a while. I like that it was different and the unpaved bath. Even if we did have a big of a hard time with the stroller we found away. I do think there could be more giraffe specially since we went to the first feeding and he wanted nothing to do with it. But we did go back later and got to feed him. I really liked the dino dig. The kids got to dig up little small toy dinos. My family thought it wasn’t fair the kids got to keep one instead of all but then they would run out for the kids later in the day. And the little mining thing was neat an just a dollar. But what you get is luck and depending on the scoop. I am also not used to going to a zoo and NOT paying 50 dollars for food for everyone like all the ones where I live. As for the animals They were aware of people. Some of the big cats, one fox and one otter came up to the glass when we got to them. My nieces LOVED it. The petting zoo was was awesome to the goats were super friendly and there wasn’t to many of them so small kids didn’t get over powered. And then there is the bird cage where you get a piece of apple and they land on you arm to seat it. Anyone that goes definitely has to do the bird cage. I recommend going to this zoo specially if there are kids to be taken there.

  3. Natali Morris

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    My kids are 1 and 3 so they had no notion that these animals were in captivity but I couldn’t shake the fact because I don’t think the habitats are near large enough for the animals they house. The giraffe in particular had one small house and a few paces to walk and that was it! It seems to me that this place complies with the minimal code needed for each animal and sacrifices quantity for quality. There is an impressive quantity of animals, meaning variety from all over the world. But their quality of living…well I don’t know enough about zoo keeping but it does not seem to me to be a happy life for several of them. The staff is friendly and I saw several employees feeding the animals but not necessarily caring for them in any kind of personal way. The “petting zoo” is not really a petting zoo. You can only feed the animals through a cage. Also, beware if you don’t have an all-terrain stroller. I saw a lot of families with travel systems and umbrella strollers struggling with the muddy and rocky path. The entire park is like that. Nothing paved. I think I would rather take my kids to a zoo that focuses on quality of life for the animals and education but for the 2 hours we were there before nap time, the children enjoyed it very much.

  4. Clayton Morris

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    This place put me off. Sure they had tons of animals but I just felt bad for them. Many of the animals are shoved in confined cages with rotting wood and foggy scratched glass. My kids really enjoyed seeing the lions and giraffe but I didn’t like seeing this giraffe standing in such a small area by himself. The pathways also need paving because it was really difficult to navigate with a stroller.

  5. Elizabeth Mallard

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    It’s important to remember when you visit that this is a private zoo.The enclosures for some of the animals are at least large enough to meet the minimum requirement to house them, but that does not ensure the optimum environment. Many of the large cats paced their enclosures as did the wolves. In some areas the urine smell was very strong, but that was because of the animals in the vicinity. It’s very hard not to notice that you’re close to a fox’s exhibit, and if you have you’ll understand what I mean.Washing stations were stocked and available in all of the areas where feeding or petting the animals was offered. That was nice to see. I personally don’t prefer to be offered sanitizing gel in place of washing my hands.If you’re going and expecting a typical zoo experience, you’ll be disappointed. That’s not what this is. It’s an incredibly well done privately funded animal viewing and interaction experience. Because the enclosures are smaller, all of the animals are visible. Those who do not need large territories (and large enclosures) did not appear stressed, and the animals that you could feed were generally docile. I have been to petting zoos where the animals would practically mow you over for the food in your hands and then move on as soon as nothing was left. Not so with these, it is obvious that they are adequately nourished. It was also pleasant to be in a zoo that had so many trees – the area is heavily forested. We had no issues with any of the staff and found the ones we spoke with to be pleasant and helpful.This isn’t a perfect Zoo, there aren’t any of those. We were fortunate enough to be able to frequent a very good one prior to moving to this area, and they were still in the process of upgrading their enclosures to simulate more of a natural environment. They also benefitted from public funding in addition to their admission fees, and they also had several large cats who paced as well as urine smells outside of some enclosures. If you want to go see a solid variety of animals and be able to enjoy feeding some of them (we fed the giraffe and the lorikeets), this is a great place. They also offered a live animal show which we skipped this time around. And all of this was included in the price of admission. Claws and Paws is an very good value, and we had a wonderful afternoon visiting with our 5 year old.