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The Papanack Zoo, Wendover

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  • Three of us went in July to visit on the way back to Ottawa from Hawkesbury. The animals' living spaces are too small, the animals look neglected and some even look like they know they are emprisonned...  more »
  • Fun to have a zoo in our region. The place needs improvement. It looks old, poor and doesn't look inviting. The place needs to be refreshed. Love to see different animal not far from home. Went ounce ...  more »
  • We just visited the Papanack zoo yesterday. While we have been in the area for 16 years it was our first and won't be our last. While the landscape needs improvement the new management are doing an ex...  more »
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  • I looked at the reviews and decided to not listen to the negative people. Took the chance and had the best day ever with my family! We checked out all the exhibits and even went back to the ones we liked best. We also had a chance to talk to the staff and owners. WoW. Great people. Like all zoo s we have ever been to, some animals paced a little but that's what it is... what a great place to see animals we would never be able to see otherwise. We got to walk a baby wolf named Loki, get in a cage with a bunch of lemurs and pet some lions! What a day. Will do avian real soon! Highly recommend !
  • Terrible trip to the zoo. Reason 1. There was terrible mud and flooding at some points it was ankle deep mud with no way of getting around the mud and flooding. The zoo wasn't doing anything to help it either like creating gravel paths or putting down sand to help with the flooding and mud everywhere. It was so bad that we were slipping and sliding everywhere. Also pretty much ruined our shoes since it was so bad. Reason 2. The animals looked unhappy. Their cages were way to small for them, no room for them to run around and enjoy life. As well most of the cages were filled with over grown grass and weeds. The animal cages were also filled with mud and flooding. An example being when we were at the tiger enclosure, the tiger were surrounded by mud. They looked extremely uncomfortable and were walking around trying to shake the mud off of themselves the whole time we were watching them. Reason 3. There was a group of about 8 goats loose in the zoo. We had turned a corner and they were just standing there and ran towards us. They were jumping all over us. With their paws covered in mud so it got all over our clothes. We had a bucket of food that they noticed and we weren't opening the bucket to feed them because they were already aggressive enough. And when we didn't feed them they started bucking us and when we tried leaving the area they ran after us and were pushing us. Worst of all when we informed a staff member they brushed it off like it was nothing. My only concern was what if we had a little child with us. Those goats weren't child friendly and could really hurt someone. For 50$ I feel like I shouldn't end up covered in mud, getting attacked by goats while looking at sad animals in small cages, and leaving with ruined shoes.
  • I read the comments and needed to see it for myself and happy I did. People who complained that the animals looks sad... I didn't find that. They were all well feed. We loved it. The staffs are extremely friendly and they explained a lot about each animals and you can pet some .... it's very nice and my kids truly enjoyed it. They got so many animals! Its a nice family day to have and we will come back definitely. Was a great, fun and amazing experience and the people who complains about the mud .... pffff really if its your main problems... well get out of the comfort of your home more often... there is worst than mud ! And the ones about the loose goats.... really???? We found that pretty cool and there is tons of zoo that lets goats free .... sooo don't listen to all te bad comments it's a very fun place to be
  • Impresive variety of animals. Professional and passionate staff. Great improvement since the change in management.
  • I have met the new owners & their vision is something I can stand behind. They actually care about the animals & are looking to improve their quality of life. Their animals eat better than most humans!

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