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    Terrible, we took our 5 month old recently because he’s starting to learn things. The animals were beyond depressed and the habitats and enclosures were by far too small for any of the animals housed there. It was awful. Definitely not worth the $20! Most of the animals were born and bred there or older. Felt more than sorry for the animals. I’ve been to MUCH better Zoos before. The enclosures and most of the equipment there is very old and unkept un updated looking. The best I can say is that most of the animal cages were clean. Just by looking at that zoo, at $20 a person, there is no way that the money goes to (caring for the animals). Almost looked like more money went into their gift shop and food more than anything. Make your animals happier, buy more property for bigger enclosures. Not even sure how this zoo has won awards and still open?

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    The weather was nice so I expected to see a lot of animals and have a good experience. The animals were out, but it was a sad sight. The cages were small and dirty. I didn’t see clean water for most of them. There weren’t enough signs to direct you; the layout could use an upgrade to make it flow better. I wouldn’t recommend it.

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    Everyone was very nice that we encountered at the zoo, and the camel rides and giraffe feeding were nice treats. There were several things that I feel could be improved. There were times when more signs were needed to tell us which way to go. There were several areas that were closed. The nocturnal animal exhibit was very minimal and wasn’t a walk-through area. There wasn’t even a sign that told you to turn around and go back. Some of the signs didn’t look very professional. Some of the exhibits were small and viewing was difficult. I’ve visited the Memphis zoo and Knoxville zoo and there’s just no comparison. Memphis has really used their money well to attract visitors of all ages. Knoxville could do well to take some lessons.

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    My family and I went to the zoo last Saturday. The weather was beautiful which was the only thing that was enjoyable about the day. This had to be the worst zoo that we have ever been too. First of all it was very expensive and not at all worth the 20 bucks to get in. There were very few varieties of animals at this zoo. The cages and pens the animals were held in were very dirty and a lot of them were on cement floor. Animals in the wild don’t live on cement. I saw no clean water sources for the animals. There were very few if any staff members to speak with, the food prices were expensive and bad taste. The whole experience at the Knoxville zoo was terrible. And a total waste of money and time.

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    Was disappointed with some aspects of this zoo. The reptile house uses plexi glass enclosures which is extremely scratched up and cloudy which obscures the reptiles inside. Even though the temperature was in the mid 70s, many of the animals were off exhibit due to temperature??? Small enclosures for a few of the animals, namely penguins and otters. They had a male gorilla housed by himself because the other male gorilla didn’t tolerate him. If that’s the case, why not find another zoo where he could receive the interaction higher primates need? Overall, it seems the zoo has really gone downhill since the last time I was there years ago.