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Sierra Safari Zoo, Reno

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The Sierra Safari Zoo was started by 3 men, Dale McDaniel, Jimmie Martin, and Dave Dawson. They had a collection of exotic animals as a hobby which started with ostriches. They acquired the property in January 1987 and the zoo opened in August 1987. The first real exotic animal was an African Lion, named Claude. Which was followed three months later by a male liger, Hobbs, one of the zoo's most prized ambassadors. The zoo is completely staffed by volunteers and today there are approximately 50 who perform the day to day care and feeding of the 150 or so residents at Sierra Safari Zoo. The zoo's volunteers are people who have a great passion for animals and the zoo provides an opportunity to work with many amazing creatures.
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  • We have gone here several times and have chosen not to go back, there are much better zoos in the area that take much better care of their animals. The facility is often dirty and the animals live in ...  more »
  • I agree with most of the reviews ... kind of a run down establishment, but in the absence of anything else like this in Reno, it's worth a visit! Brought my toddler daughter and she loved it. The deer...  more »
  • I felt guilty just being there. Poor animals in tiny spaces. Sick looking, over weight, lonely and bored. 32.00 for our family to enter and left after 30 mins. I hope our money goes to getting some sp...  more »
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  • I volunteer at this zoo and it had been the best experience ever. We could use a lot more volunteers and you get to interact with the sweetest animals. Despite what many people think the animals are well taken care of and very happy.
  • My advice to you: Go at opening or in the evening! We arrived a little after 12 and all the big cats were taking their cat naps because they were just fed. My 3 year old son had fun feeding the deer but really wanted to see the big cats. The staff was friendly and genuinely care for the many types of animals.
  • I'm concerned about the animals. I've never been to this zoo but... I have a client that live behind the zoo. They look very sad and not enough room. I get sad everytime I see them. Next time I'll get a picture be your own judge.
  • I wish I could give it no stars.This zoo needs to be reported...all it's enclosures are small and horribly kept,there is dung EVERYWHERE,(not to mention the horribly dry Alligator CAGE).A better place to go is Animal Ark to be honest...
  • I loved this place, my whole family enjoyed the close interaction with the animals, and how the whole place is dedicated to connecting people with the animals.