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Sierra Safari Zoo, Reno

#10 of 10 in Zoos & Aquariums in Nevada
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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  • I enjoyed my visit to the zoo, particularly the deer in the petting area (especially the baby) and the birds. I was not impressed with the staff really, as they weren't the most friendly or attentive....  more »
  • The kids love to come here it's such a great place and very affordable. The kids love to get to feed the deer and look at all the animals  more »
  • We were disappointed at this zoo. The animals are all in cages and they are small. I felt saddened by this experience. Please look into this place before you visit. It maybe normal experience but I ha...  more »
  • It was nice. Other than we didn't get to see a sloth..but it was clean and didn't smell like dung. It would be nice to see the caged animals a little more happier. Like maybe more room or a friend for them to play with.
  • A great place to bring the family! You can se over 40 different species of animals, including tigers, baboons, camels and hyenas. You can feed and interact with deer and goats in the petting zoo. In addition the zoo has one of the largest solar power systems in the area that can be closely examined. Lastly, there is a well-stocked gift shop that includes additional animals to see. There is parking for large vehicles available.
  • fun place. very small. great for children. got to feed the deer by hand. not a lot of animals but does hav a variety not expected.
  • Most cages were empty. The reptiles were too steamed up and not well kept, there were large spider webs blocking most view inside of the glass. There was mostly normal animals such as goats, deer, and mini horses. There were some zebra and white tigers but other than that it was quite lacking. Mostly peacocks roaming around in abundance. I left feeling quite... Sad and empty instead of happy and refreshed at cute and wild sights. It was funny to see the zebra begging for a rump scratch from a handler though! And when one of the monkeys scratched himself then sniffed it only to pull his little hand away quickly from his face in shock at he smell. Maybe we came at a off time... I hope to revisit sometime.
  • Best kept secret in Reno/Sparks area. It is great place for family fun! The more folks visit will help them plan expansion and provide even more family adventures! I am hopeful they will build a state of the art aviary for their current parrots and to take in local birds no longer to be able to be cared for my their owners. Please visit our local zoo and help them build a better future with multiple benefits to our community!!!
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