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Parc Safari, Hemmingford

3.1
#12 of 83 in Wildlife in Quebec
Nature / Park Wildlife Area
Meet the animals of Parc Safari, a zoo known for its many African species. Opened in 1972, the park offers a spacious, well-maintained zoo, a drive-through safari area, and a water park. Feed the animals in the drive-through area and interact with farm critters from around the world. Exploring the zoo you can see 75 animal species, including lions, tigers, zebras, elephants, rhinos, and camels. By using our Hemmingford holiday planner, you can arrange your visit to Parc Safari and other attractions in Hemmingford.
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  • We truly feel that this zoo is very unique. The Safari drive-thru part is amazing. You will love and enjoy the camels and deer coming to visit your car and kindly ask for the feeding. If you open your...  more »
  • Safari: The first thing that strikes is the lack of stimulation (other than cars) for animals. Some shelters to hide, to retreat when they no longer support the horde of tourists. Conditioned animals to walk between cars for 2 or 3 pieces of salads. The Park: a large variety of species, many animals, all locked in too small pens. Big cats in their "aquariums" were also pity. The deer in the forest were gathered at the entrance where there was the most tourists to feed them, we notice that they have nothing else to do. No source of distraction, nothing to stretch. Really disappointed that Park does no more attention to the needs and the physical and psychological health of their animals even though it may say... Water games are probably the most interesting family thing. If you go as a couple, don't just go. PS: The Park asks that you not fed animal carrots or apples because it's much too sweet and dangerous to the health of animals in the long term. Plan of the salad.
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  • An excellent location, especially if you're with children, and if you are coming by car. It's better than a traditional zoo.
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  • Best part was the driving segment. Feeding the animals was so much fun, even as adults! The animals were cute and respectful; no one ever felt in danger. If you really want to have a good time bring a bunch of lettuce and carrots from the store on the way there. The "promenade" section was a little less exciting but had some memorable moments like the feline tunnel and feeding the giraffe. Their demonstration times didn't coincide with our day and the one we caught was just an info session. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable of the animals and their collective goal is to eventually release them back into the wild. I'm not a fan of zoos but this I can agree with. Overall we had a great time and it was a perfect way to spend the day away from the city. If you have kids or are big kids at heart, this is the place for you!!
  • I can spend there the whole day and enjoy it. The sights are beautiful; plenty of live animals to observe; shops to buy food; places to eat indoors or picnic style; places for the young to enjoy the water in various ways; to a limited degree ride a camel or feed the deer... Clean facilities, lots of space for parking and walking. The place is packed with incentives to come again... and again.
  • Safari, zoo, playgrounds for kids, mini golf, slides, some water attractions, picnic areas all in the same place. I and my family had a lot of fun. While doing the safari ride you can feed the animals. The camels, bison, and ostriches are more willing to be fed. The lions, bears, and monkeys are not part of safari ride as they are kept on the other side of the park. For parents - there are hammocks and big pillows that you can crash on while your kids are on the playground!! Great place to spend your day.
  • DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS CARROTS!!!! Very disappointing experience, there is absolutely not enough supervision for the animals to be properly treated by the thousands of inconsiderate visitors! After arriving we went to the drive thru part...an experience in patience! Nobody reads the signs or follows the rules. Observe on the right, drive on the left, and NO CARROTS!! (I noticed numerous reviewers reminding people to bring carrots, clearly those people should not even be permitted to return to the zoo! There are signs everywhere!). It's a free for all, and at least 50% of the cars where giving the animals carrots. Zoo keepers doing nothing, no control on anything. they are more concerned about pushing the animals along and off the road then they are about their well being! After what could have been a peaceful drive with my son but instead turned into frustratingly waiting for inconsiderate people to finally move out of the way, I got to the front of the pack and was able to move my vehicle to the right and enjoy a few of the animals. After the drive we went to the walk area, park is very badly laid out, it's obvious they have just kept adding with any planning, bad layout and no fluidity to the park, although the grounds where well kept. Went to the second feeding area, the rain-dear section, another area where no supervision and incompetent parents ruled the area, kids harassing the rain-dear far into the forest even thought it's clearly marked to stay on the path. Feeding them carrots with the park staff 2 feet away. Leaving that section there is a smaller petting zoo type area where every enclosure is clearly marked not to feed the animals, I saw people offering the animals crackers, chips, more carrots and anything else they had lying around. Also observed one family taunting a bird that has a clear warning about biting, (parents including). Overall this is a great idea gone horribly wrong, the animals are at the mercy of the visitors, who have no regard for their safety or well being! Staff must be more vigilant and has the responsibility to remove offending visitors, but clearly do not. I very much enjoy zoo's and have nothing against animals in captivity, but this is one place that I will never return to, find any other zoo where the animals are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve, and not like slaves imprisoned for our own enjoyment.
  • the owner said on TV he prefers the rights of religious groups and loud speaker prayer sessions over the satisfaction of his guests- who went there for the park---wont be going here EVER!!! He even said there are sections specially laid out for larger religious groups to congregate and overwhelm your family with their values-and prayers. What about the rights of the guests to freedom from their religion- my community certainly doesnt have our prayers on loud speakers- maybe we will be louder then them next time

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