Cherokee Bear Zoo, Cherokee

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  • I love bears and they seemed to be well taken care of. However, feel sorry for them in such small area.  more »
  • This bear zoo is small. Seems family owned. They don’t take debit/credit cards but do have an atm. Admission is cheap and food trays are only $1.00. The bears are caged but the cages were very clean. ...  more »
  • You are not allowed to pet or feed the baby bear any longer :( so we were kinda upset about that but other than that a fun little stop for the family  more »
  • Bears - grizzly, black or any kind - should NOT live in 6x12 cement walls. They look pitiful. Some can barely walk because they are clearly not well taken care of. A zoo is one thing, where animals are cared for, well fed, and in a habitat similar to their own, but this is not that. This is a jail for wild, beautiful animals. Report these people to PETA and help save these creatures. It is absolutely disgusting that they have to live this way. When the bears look up at you, you can tell they are struggling.
  • My wife and I planned a trip to Cherokee to see the heard or Elk as we do every season. Later that morning we decided to visit the Cherokee Bear Zoo to check it out. When we got up to the window they had a sign that said cash only but they did have an ATM on site. As I was reading the sign, I noticed the area where the bears are kept and contained and like every other review left it was completely sad and disheartening. I could see from a distance it was a small contained space and thought to myself how can not one bear but multiple bears have a quality of life in those living conditions. Then the sign continued to read that you could feed the bears for $1.00, after reading all of this and noticed that you were given a tray of what looked like vegetables to apparently throw into the confined space for the bears to eat. If anyone thinks about this with common sense would you want your food thrown at you; its simply inhumane. I told the guy behind the counter, which I assume was the owner that I would get cash and be back, he said ok. My wife however seen another sign that said no camcorders, cameras or phones were allowed. After hearing this, I thought what kind of zoo or exhibit does not allow pictures unless there were certain animals being on exhibit that were sensitive to camera flashes and video recording which bears are not; since every other zoo, such as the Knoxville Zoo will allow you to photograph and film their animals. My wife looked at me and said I do not want to come back hear, why would I not be allowed to take pictures, what is the reason are they abusing their animals? This was a private and quite conversation between my wife and I as we were walking away to go down the ramp at the premises. Apparently the owner heard the comment and continued to follow us to our car, and was saying we do not want your money and we do not want you to come back. I said to him that we would never come back and not to worry about it. He continued on to follow us to our car and said like an idiot he was calling the police and took a picture of our license plate. He said again I do not want you to come back because we do not abuse our animals and that comment was necessary. He simply did not understand that it was a private conversation and he seemed to insert himself into it. Look I have not left a review on any product or place I have been no matter if it was a good or bad experience. The guy that owns this business is simply and completely off his rocker. My wife and I were completely polite about the situation and cordial, even as this guy kept talking and being completely nuts about the whole situation. It is simple this business needs to be closed down and the animals need to be placed in habitat that is more suitable for bears that are that large. It is completely sad and inhumane, there are several photos and youtube videos in reviews that completely back up everything said, unfortunately I do not have any to display or would do so. Very simple stay away from this place and do NOT support it in any way so these bears can be placed in a place to live where they have room to run and play everyday.
  • I haven't visited the zoo, but whoever is in charge of those animals need to set the bears free. I didn't think a Indian Territory would want to keep wild bears in captivity just to make money off them. Plus with Cherokee NC being the home of Indian's I thought they had more care about the animals wanting to be free then making money off them. It goes to show how money hungry people are just to see a wild animal.
  • Great just can't wait for them to expand to bigger park soon with more animals.
  • Bears looked absolutely pitiful. Glad it has improved some since I was a little kid, they actually had water and a few plants in there with them..
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