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Sierra Safari Zoo, Reno

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
1.5/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web
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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  • You know I enjoyed seeing the animals at this zoo but at the same time I wanted to free them all. They were all hot and looked dirty. I think they need to make different arrangements to keep the anima...  read more »
  • This is a great zoo just 20-30 miles north of Reno where non native animals have been brought to live. Great for the whole family. 
  • We were in the area and heard that there was a little zoo. We love animals so we were naturally excited. It took about 10 minutes inside to figure out that this place should be shut down. Such a small...  read more »
  • Better than your average zoo! Animals are up close and personal, they look very relaxed, healthy and were friendly.. they have an impressive variety of animals. Been to a lot of larger popular zoos from Hawaii to NV. And this is one of our favorite. Staff was very friendly. we read the reviews and I'm glad we we gave them a chance. Lions, zebras, monkeys, goats, deers, camels, and much more..
  • Nice zoo great animals and staff. I just wish the wildlife had more space to run around, especially the big cats. Overall good little zoo to take the children to.
  • Super disappointing. :( The animals are terribly depressing to look at. The enclosures are shockingly small and a majority of the animals are clearly bored. The monkey were reaching and scraping at the plants outside their fences to eat. A good portion of the enclosures were empty or yellow-taped off. If you were lucky, you'd find a legible sign posted telling you what animals you were looking at or to explain that you can walk into the deer enclosure at all, let alone to inform you that it's the only access to see more of the exhibits. Honestly, I've been to small zoos before and this was just terribly, terribly sad as a paying patron, but mostly for the animals and their clearly dismal existence there. I scanned the gift shop for their license and was completely shocked to find one posted. Not sure how....
  • This place is an embarrassment to zoos of any sort. The animals are kept in spaces that would be not pass code in Baku, Azerbaijan, rates are an absolute rip off but after paying we prayed that our fees could have been redirected to rescuing the animals. Please if you have any love for animals/humanity do not support this establiment.
  • This was the most depressing saddest zoo I have been to. The monkeys were stressed out and the lions living a sad existence. Hope the money we paid for admission goes to the animals.
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