Prairie Dog Town, Oakley
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Our visit was actually in 2009. If we had not been on a motorcycle, and in our van instead, we would have left taking the donkey with us. The hooves on the poor animal were grown out to the point that... read more »
As stated elsewhere in these reviews, PDT is closed! The dogs have left the building and all that remains is PD Ghost Town. TA needs to remove this listing. I gave it 5 stars so that it may be posted ... read more »
While traveling down the Interstate during a long road trip with two kids, my wife and I saw the signs to this self proclaimed "zoo". The signs of a 5 legged cow and the world's largest prairie dog su... read more »
I went there when I was a little boy somewhere between 6-8 year old, but when I went there I had a blast it was a great place.
I convinced some friends to pull over to this roadside wonder while on a cross country roadtrip. Maybe it was just the time in which we happened to stumble upon the small zoo but it did not seem to be a place that ran on happiness. There were a lot of animals out back, and all of them appeared to really be desperate for food. It was depressing. Not like "Man this isn't what I paid for." but more along the lines of "These animals are going to die oh my gosh we can never leave we must find them food." Like I said... it could have just been a bad day for the attraction. My friend bought a hat inside at the shop of oddity and bewilderment. It's still a nice memory. Overall... I guess I'd recommend it, just don't go in expecting Disney land. Go in expecting to see ASPCA filming for their next commercial. Bring some extra cash to buy treats for the animals. You'll feel heartless when you leave if you did not feed the animals. Among the animals you will feed... Prairie Dogs, will not be one.
1) Whoever said this attraction is no longer open was mistaken... my wife and I stopped off on our way back through from Colorado less than two weeks ago. Very open for business... and kind of busy, for the middle of the week! 2) Yes, the pens are not exactly world class zoo habitats. It's also not exactly a world class zoo. The sort of habitats people seem to think the animals should have (those animals mostly being domesticated types, like goats, cattle, and pigs, thank you very much!) aren't probably volunteering to pay the $25-$40/ person admission it would take to generate the money necessary for the business owner to survive and still maintain those sorts of enclosures. Yes, improvements could still be made, but if those criticizing this place would actually talk to any of the folks that work there, they'd learn (as we did) that the animals mostly come from farms or homes where they are unwanted or uncared for, or would otherwise be slaughtered. This is particularly true for the... 3)FIVE LEGGED COW, which is TOTALLY LEGIT!!! And makes the stop well worth it. Holy crap. I did NOT expect it to be the real deal. Honestly. And it turns out that yes, that cow (and it's friend, the 6-legged cow... not related though) would both have been just slaughtered and eaten young due to their "deformities"... instead, they have a life at this attraction. and finally, 4)If you look a little closer at all the fencing near the cattle and bison enclosures, you'll see that they actually DO have things fenced off in the proper fashion to be able to let the cattle, goats, boars, and bison all run around and graze in the greenery behind the place. There just isn't much greenery there in the hot summer months. All and all, if you have to stop for gas anyway, suspend your harsh superiority criticisms of alleged animal cruelty and just go enjoy hanging out with some particularly friendly animals! It's well worth the $8 and my wife and I will definitely stop back again next time we drive through!
My mother and I stopped here on our the return journey of our cross-country road trip and were completely disgusted. The areas that the animals are given to live in are just terrible, with the exception of the actual prarie dogs that just run free. Many of the animals were enclosed in small circular cages with cement floors and without a single blade of grass. While I'm sure that this is great for the owners in terms of cleaning purposes, where is the concern for the animals' wellbeing? I could go on for an hour about how guilty and depressed my mother and I felt because we visited and supported this establishment. I HIGHLY DISCOURAGE OTHERS FROM VISITING!
Decent price. $35 for a family of five. Exotic animals, good setup for viewing, over 400 animals. Glad to give this place our business.
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