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    My kids and I visited this zoo in July of 2014. I did like some things about it, it’s small size for one, you can walk around it in very little time (under an hour) and that is nice when you have small children. But unfortunately there was more I disliked than liked. The pricing is very high for the size of the zoo, it’s over $10 for adults and $7.50 for children. That’s what you would pay at bigger places like Potter’s Park. There are no food places other than vending machines, there is a huge picnic pavilion but only one small picnic area inside the zoo itself. The playground is tiny, my home playground is larger. The zoo staff was very unfriendly, everyone looked miserable to be there and did not crack a smile once, even one lady who I assumed from her bearing was one of the managers/owners. The animal enclosures were tiny, tiny, tiny, covered in wire, 2 layers thick. The zoo boasts on their web page how unique their viewing is, that you can see the animals better there than at traditional zoos. I found this to be patently untrue. It’s very difficult to see many of the animals, the animals, especially the bears, big cats and monkey’s seem horribly bored and restless. On two sides of the long road around the zoo, or trail that you walk you can see absolutely nothing. There are big trees or bushes that completely block your view of the cattle and deer, antelope, why??? You have to walk like 1/2 a mile or more just to be able to see them. This is trying for small children and the elderly. The butterfly house was not open when we were there either, they do have a nice reptile exhibit but I wonder where they got all the little alligators from? There are about 20 of them in 2 enclosures, all the same size which makes me think they got them from a farm down south. I felt sorry for them. I don’t think we’ll be back, like other posters have said I think these animals would be much better off in a decent zoo that can take proper care of them. I think this is a disaster waiting to happen.

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    I can’t leave a review on the zoo itself, because I never got to experience it. My husband and I are very disappointed by this place. We had planned to visit for the first time, recently, on a week day. The website says they are open EVERY DAY, 10AM-7PM. The sign at the zoo says they are open EVERY DAY, 10AM-7PM, and the message on their answering machine says the same thing.We arrived at almost 1PM, on a Wednesday and they were CLOSED. There was no note or explanation on the website, the door of the building, or on the answering machine. My husband even left a message with his phone number, hoping to receive a call back as to whether or not they would open later. NO RESPONSE! I won’t bother with this place again. Instead, we drove to the Potter Park Zoo in Lansing, and had an amazing time there.

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    I absolutely hated my expierience at the zoo, almost EVERY SINGLE animal was underfed and depressed, the only animal I seen that was happy/well fed were the goats. My girlfriend literally cried when she seen the reindeer, you could see his spine and rib cage from a quarter mile away, he was hairless on one side of his body, and he had an extremely rough time trying to stand up. it took him about 5 minutes to just get on his feet. The wolves just pace back and fourth constantly because their obviously extremely stressed. ALL OF THE CAGES ARE WAY WAY WAY TOO SMALL FOR THE ANIMALS. I personally believe that all of these animals should be shipped to the Detroit Zoo, or put back in the wild, I would even go as far to say some animals would even be better dead. DO NOT SUPPORT THIS ZOO. IT IS ANIMAL ABUSE!!!!!

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    DO NOT GO TO THIS “ZOO”. I recently visited this park and was horrified at the conditions of the animal enclosures. They are horrifying. They boast of 200+ exotic animals but they don’t tell you that they are all crammed on a 56 acre lot. This animal park currently houses bears, wolves, and several big cats in metal cages no larger than 500 sq.ft. Most of them are in cages with concrete floors! The sight that brought me to tears was the baboon enclosure. The baboon was in a concrete floored cage, (roughly 8×10 ft) and obviously depressed. He was crouched in the back corner of his cage staring at the ground. He stayed there all day. It was heart-breaking. Please do not support this “zoo” and the animal abuse that takes place there. These animals are severely depressed, anxious, and uncomfortable. It breaks my heart to think that these majestic, wild creatures spend their days sitting in tiny concrete cells, miserable and helpless, day after day. Wilderness Trails operates as a non-profit, I am assuming that how they seem to get away with such cruelty. I am currently in contact with animal rights and regulation agencies to get this awful place shut down. If you decide to visit, I hope that you too, voice your concerns for these animals. Visited May 2014

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    This place should be closed, All the animals were sickly looking except the farm animals and the geese. The animals were often times all by themselves pacing from stress. I felt especially bad for the black bear and the spider monkey as they looked the saddest and loneliest. PETA is never where you need them.