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Niabi Zoo, Coal Valley
(3.6/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
Niabi Zoo spans 40 acres of the Quad Cities in Coal Valley, IL. Surrounding Niabi Zoo is an additional 200 acres of forest preserve, which has been set aside for the preservation of native plants and animals. Niabi Zoo is home to 330 animals representing more than 140 species.

Approximately 250,000 visitors a year make Niabi Zoo one of the largest and most popular attractions in the Quad Cities. The zoo grounds also offers a playground, a train ride, endangered species themed carousel, picnic areas, and concession stands.
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  • Enjoyed this zoo on a sunny fall Saturday afternoon. Not very crowded - was able to feed giraffes, sheep and fish. Monkeys were pretty active. They have an African Leopard - that was pretty rare. I wi...  more »
  • Niabi is a small zoo that has giraffes, cougar, lions, reptiles, etc. Outdoor as well as indoor enclosures. Relatively clean. There is a little train on which children as well as aduls can ride throug...  more »
  • Not much for the price. There are better free zoos within driving distance. Unfortunate that this zoo has lost a number of animals, accreditation, and staff recently and those changes show. I will con...  more »
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  • Though the zoo has definitely improved in some areas, there's still a lot of work to do and it pales in comparison to other zoos in similar metro areas. Still, I have great memories of Niabi Zoo ever since I was a kid riding the train for the first time. The giraffe's are definitely a highlight for me, and if they ever got rid of the train, I doubt I'd ever come back. They are in the process of replacing the elephant exhibit. There's also a carousel, a little petting zoo, and a cool Australian area. If you live in the Quad Cities, it's really your only choice in a decent zoo, but if you're willing to drive 2-3 hours, there are much better options. Also, at the end of this season in 2016, there has been a change of leadership and quite a few employees have left. It will be interesting to see how things shake out and if the zoo can thrive next year.
  • Excellent Zoo. Very clean and animals that looked well cared for. We went Memorial Day weekend and all the cages were full. Not a hassle and you can get in and out for under $50, unlike the big zoos. The train is cool. You can feed the 2 giraffes, fun for the kids. Reptile cages were my favorite.
  • This was the first time going to this Zoo, I went on Sat Sep 24, 2016 Well never will I go back again. First I had to Pay for 4 adults and 2 kids which cost me almost 60.00 to get in. Once in there are very few animals at all most of the cages were totally empty. The animals that were there were so sickly looking even a camel was laying totally on its side with its back leg twitching I thought it was dying. Not one cage did I see any food for the animals, or fresh or clean water to drink. There were a few water holes in maybe 3 of the cages but the water was so green and bubbles or soapy looking on top that it looked as if poisoned. The only time I seen any food for any animal you had to pay for it. Had to pay $4.00 for two little leaf of lettuce for my son to feed the giraffe, and $2.00 for a little cup of some kind of green juice to feed the birds in this one cage. Other then that most of the animals there were available to see on a farm. Pigs , goats, chickens, rabbits, lama's and cows. If I wanted to see that I would have gone to a farm to see that. This place was a total disgrace for a zoo or even saying they are a zoo. IF anything someone should contact the local authority and report animal cruelty. Hell even dogs in a pound have it better then these animals had it. Little to no shade, no water, no food, dirty cages, smelled bad, and cost a lot for nothing there but sick looking animals. I even tried to look for someone who worked at the zoo to report the camel which was laying on it side and couldn't find anyone other then the people collecting money at the door. Don't waste your money going there, Hell what you pay you can put into gas and drive to St. Louis to a real Zoo.
  • A great place to take the kids. The exhibits are limited, and there aren't many animals, but the staff is dedicated and kind. I expect things to continue to improve. The old elephant enclosure is being upgraded for an Indian Rhino. The train ride is great. You can see everything in a half day.
  • Best zoo experience ever. Feeding the giraffes is the best part! This zoo is very clean and nice. Perfect size for a few hours of family fun. You can make it thru this zoo with little ones and it's not so big they lose interest you get to feed birds and fish this is a must go to zoo!