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Sierra Safari Zoo, Reno

(1.5/5 based on 50 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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  • 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 »
  • A sad little animal collection out of the city to the west. It simply is not worth the trip unless one hasn't any other opportunity to see a few exotic animals.  more »
  • I highly recommend this small zoo just north of Reno. They have a variety of interesting animals but even better, the staff has great stories about the animal personalities as well as standard zoo ani...  more »
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  • Its like a big petting zoo. A must see.. awesome variety.. Black cat, lion, monkeys, deer, goats and much more. make great family memories here..
  • 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..
  • 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....
  • The Sierra Safari Zoo is ok. You need to go early morning or on a very cool day to see all the animals active.
  • 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.