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Zoological Wildlife Conservation Center, Rainier

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Zoo / Aquarium Nature / Park
Keeping and breeding obscure, rare and endangered zoological wildlife including, but not limited to: Linnaeus' & Hoffmanni Two Toed Sloth, Tamandua Lesser Anteaters, Colobus & Howler Monkeys, Owl Monkeys, Cotton Top Tamarins, Black & White Ruffed Lemur, Binturong, Siberian Lynx, Hyacinth Macaw, Cuscus and more
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  • Sloths were very sweet, everything you'd expect! It was fun to feed them cucumber slices and pet their backs. As previously stated, you cannot hold them so the pics are misleading. Bit of a bummer the...  more »
  • After reading those negative reviews, we weren't sure what to expect. From the moment we arrived, however, our guide, Sherry, made sure we were welcome. Knowlegeable and passionate about these animals...  more »
  • The first people we dealt with had a really weird sense of humor. But the manager really takes the cake for getting into a fight with my wife over what we're still not sure. They refunded our money, b...  more »
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  • It was great!! The lady helped me set up the perfect proposal for my now FiancĂ©! It was perfect!! Her favorite animal is the sloths so we are definitely going there again!!
  • A very unique experience! Not sure you're going to find any other place to get this up close and personal with sloths.
  • YOU WILL REEK OF URINE You, your hair, your skin, your clothes, your bag, and everything in your bag will reek of urine. Later, your trunk will smell like urine-- you'll need to leave it open for three days. You'll have to throw away your luggage because there is no way you'll be able to use it again. FYI: You don't get to hold the sloths-- you only get to pet the back of their neck as they eat a piece of cucumber. The host who stayed with us in the habitat spent more time on her phone than she did telling us about the sloths and she didn't know much when we asked her, including how the people got started doing this, how big the property was... or where the other 38 sloths were that she told us they had. That's the weirdest thing. We were told about tons of other animals on the property-- wolves, monkeys, 38 additional sloths-- but we weren't allowed to see any of them. And why aren't we allowed to go to the bathroom by ourselves? It felt like something was off here-- there must be a reason they don't want us to see the other animals or roam the property and I can't imagine it's related to liability or they wouldn't offer $600 sloth sleepovers, would they? It seems SUPER SHADY. I don't trust it one bit and I wish I had done more research before coming here, because it turns out they are somehow affiliated with a center in Costa Rica and I've heard bad things about that place as well. After a night of breathing in ammonia from the urine, sweating in a cot you can't even sit up in without hitting your head, you wake up whenever the six strangers you're with start to wake up. For us that was about 5:30 a.m. And you stay until around 7:00 when they bring in a mystery animal. But, in the interim, you get no coffee. Not even instant Sanka with powder creamer. But, truthfully, I don't know how anyone would eat anything in a room that smells that bad. I paid $600 to sleep in urine soaked bedding and take some pictures of some sloths. While it was a unique experience (which is why I gave it two stars) I'd definitely recommend doing the one hour tour-- they eat cucumber. That's what they do. You can get that in an hour. And you may be able to salvage your clothing.
  • Employees and Management have poor communication skills, and tend to be extremely ignorant. No information on the sloths are given as the guides seem to be too concerned with their social media lift rather than the "rare, DELICATE and endangered species". They are not for 'public entertainment', however ask for a hefty price to receive ignorance. With all of the money they receive, they should be investing in etiquette classes or even human interaction. Way to over priced for the 'experience'.
  • Last year, I was lucky enough to get to go to one of the zoological program days here for my birthday. Best birthday of *all time*. Binturongs and carnivores were brought out and they were obviously well-treated and well cared-for, and we all learned a ton. Last I checked, they discontinued most of the experience/interactive programs due to new federal regulations (boo!), but they're still out there, tirelessly working toward conservation and education efforts. Great people, great place, great mission.