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Dade City's Wild Things, Dade City
(2.3/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web)
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  • We had our friends from TN. to come for a visit. Checked out Wild Things Zoo in Dade City. It was FUN!! It takes about an hour to ride the zoo in an open air bus. You can pay extra for the tiger/lion ...  more »
  • I wasn't quite sure what to expect when visiting Dade City Wild Things after reading some negative input online regarding the ethics of the zoo. After visiting the park though, I was very pleased to s...  more »
  • If you are passionate about tigers go for it. I planned and dreamed it for years and I wasn't disappointed! I got to pet, and play with a tiger including swimming with the 3.5 month old cub. Adorable!...  more »
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  • If I could give this facility negative stars I would. The video I just watched on the facility made me sick to my stomach. The way that these animals are treated here is absolutely disgusting. I urge everyone considering a visit to this place to look up the hidden camera videos before hand. I'm not even sure how this place is still open. The animals need to be taken out of here and put in a proper facility where they can receive the love and care they so desperately need. The employees at this place should be absolutely ashamed of themselves. Especially the woman mis treating the baby tigers in the video I watched. These animals need help!! How could anyone think this is okay?!!!
  • Our family decided to go to Wild Things despite the bad reviews on Google. Obviously, the reviews were planned by a group of individuals that set out to hurt businesses that help endangered animals and jobs for the community. Our family had a wonderful and educational tour of the facility. The animals are clean and well cared for and appear to be content. It was a Great experience for our 4 year old twins and 6 year old daughter who generally fear household animals let alone wild. They were not frightened at all! They commented that they had the best time ever! The only negative would be that I wish we could have taken photographs of the animals. However, the staff was very accommodating to take a group photo of us. The staff were very pleasant and appeared to enjoy their jobs which says a lot about the ownership of the facility.
  • The video I just watched showing what occurs to animals in this place made me cry -- and I'm a 52 year old man! I didn't cry like this at my mother's funeral eight months ago. What they are doing needs to be stopped. I don't know how these people can live with themselves. I also can't imagine why law enforcement hasn't been on these sad people. Please do not patronize this place. I hope they are forced out of business one way or another.
  • I went a month ago. It wasn't at all what I expected. Before going I checked out their website and what they perceived as an amazing experience was not at all. At first the place was a kind of difficult to find as you arrive at a small office with a small sign outside that read Wild Things. The sign was low to the ground and easy to miss. From the office they drive you to the actual enclosure. The experience felt like a photo op as they would continuously ask you to look at the camera when petting animals. I have roughly 600 photos in which I only liked about 20 and a ton of them are of other people in the group. If you do not do a private tour, expect your pictures to be seen by other people added to your group. The photos are placed online and you have one month to download them. The photographer did not seem as though he had much experience. There was constant bickering between staff. Between having them ask you every 5 seconds to look at the camera they were arguing with each other. We did both the baby lion and big lion encounter. The baby lion encounter was okay. You were allowed to pet them from the neck down but again was not like how it was perceived. It wasn't a playful experience. FYI the baby cub was on a short leash. Feeding the big lioness was alright as well. Depending on the time you go, they might not be too interested in you so it can be a bit of work. Swimming with the tiger was probably the worst. The pool was small, water was dirty and cold. The cub was on a leash and did not like the water. They have you swim a few feet back and forth to take pictures. We couldn't freely swim only in a straight line again, for the photo. I could care less for picture taking I wanted to just enjoy my time experiencing something that was once in a life time. After all the money I spent, I really regretted it. The instructor was very unprofessional as he yelled at his staff. The quality was not worth it and I felt bad for the animals. Now I see in the reviews that their was a video released involving animal abuse. Sick to my stomach. Place needs to be shut down.
  • If you REALLY love animals, you would not dare go to this atrocity of a zoo. They force their animals to come into human contact even when they're visibly scared. They don't take proper care of their animals and work them to death. And when I say that they work the animals to death, I mean it literally. Several animals have died, thanks to this disgusting establishment. The people that handle the animals are NOT professionals. They abuse their animals, by beating them when they "misbehave" and forcing them to work even when they're tired. They separate tiger cubs from their mothers immediately after they are born. This can be really mentally damaging to the cubs, as they can become severely anxious from not getting the opportunity to be raised by their mothers. Once the cubs grow into adults, they will lock them up in dark cages and literally leave them to die.