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West Coast Game Park Safari, Bandon

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A huge wild animal petting park, West Coast Game Park Safari, houses 450 animals from 75 species. Big cats like lions, tigers, leopards, and cougars are cared for and bred at this facility, and you will have a chance to interact with some of them. You'll encounter free-roaming goats, sheep, deer, and peacocks, which you can feed and take photos with. Times for special interactions with the animals are not specified (they depend on crowds), but listen for intercom announcements while at the park to catch a special presentation while you're there. To visit West Coast Game Park Safari on your trip to Bandon, use our Bandon tourist route planner.
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  • This is our 2nd time here. My wife loves coming here. Its located right on highway. It's a little old and could use a remodel. It'll get a tad crowded in the lobby since it doubles as the gift shop. T...  more »
  • I've been here many times but for some of the family it was their first time. We got ice cream cones full of food to feed the animals (completely worth it) and visited with every animal they brought o...  more »
  • Day trip for something to do. Lots of animals roaming freely with a feeding frenzy as they chased people around who had food. Also demos with wild animals where people can feed or pet. Much larger tha...  more »
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  • Loved this place! The animals are beautiful. They seem to be well taken care. My only complaint is some of the enclosures seemed a little small. But I'm no professional on the matter so who knows. We went even though it was sprinkling rain. I'm glad we did because there were hardly any people. We got extra time with the baby animals. Some of the staff was not super friendly. But the guy handling all the baby animals was so kind and friendly. He really made the experience awesome! Will definitely go again. Make sure you have an umbrella or jacket just in case. You might get lucky and have the place to yourself then ;)
  • We visited again last year and do NOT like this place! "I am aware that some of these animals are rescues, which I would deem as admirable, but they are residing in extremely small cages with low laying tops and ceilings (even the large cats). The chimpanzee "exhibit" is appalling with how small it is. Not only is it apparent that the chimps are unhappy (they throw things at people, excessively rock, throw feces, turn their backs and punch the ceilings of their space), but it's not large enough even for a human being to be kept on a daily basis. Did you know Chimps travel each day 5-8 miles in the wild? 60% of their day is usually spent traveling. This park keeps them two to a cage that is the about 500 square feet with some hammocks and things to climb. It's also sad to see parents of this town who let their children scream disrespectfully at the animals and shout things at them aggressively. That should not be tolerated by the park in my opinion. They are probably stressed or enough on a daily basis. Many of the animals for petting, that roam freely in the park (deer, goats, donkeys and llamas), are too thin I could see their hip bones protruding and their ribs. Growing up around wild game hunting, I can tell you that's not natural. A lot of the deer just stood around kind of staring - they looked tired and worn out. The public restrooms were atrociously dirty and unkempt. As soon as I opened the door, flies swarmed out, there was water leaking out of the toilet, the very large non-enclosed garbage receptacle was full of flies, the toilet was very dirty, and the sink was just as bad. I've actually never commented on restroom cleanliness in any of my yelp reviews, because I get that restrooms can sometimes not be super pleasant. But this was like enduring the movie *Spun* while in an actual condemned crack shack. No excuse. I could not locate where the watering hole for these animals was. I searched for it. The only water I saw was a small pond for the geese, which is not accessible to the other animals. Perhaps they only get water at a certain time of day? Where was the water? The cages are all the same size that they were when I was there yeeaarrs ago. Nothing has been upgraded or expanded upon in 20 years. A little more effort in actually caring for the animals and a bit of money on improvements could really be used here. Until then, I have to keep my paws off and out. I am ashamed of this place and ashamed that I paid money to the uncaring owners."
  • A great place for your family to experience first-hand wildlife. If you go at the right time of the year you are able to hold the babies. We were 2 weeks too late to be able to hold any. We did however find a baby goat to pick up. We were also able to pet a variety of animals including a Canadian Snow Lynx, Bengal Tiger, Black Bear, and various deer and goats.
  • This place is awesome! Free roaming animals to feed. Baby animals you'd not normally get close to, available to pet. (I pretty a tiger, a bear, a bobcat, a fox) The staff are nice. The chain link fencing for the large animals looks a little old school, but the animals look cared for and treated well. Family had a great time here!
  • This is the best safari park ever! The staff here are wonderful and provide many demonstrations to pet a wide variety of animals from sheep and foxes to baby bear and tiger cubs. It is an experience like no other but remember to be respectful and patient - they are wild animals!

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