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Sierra Safari Zoo, Reno

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#8 of 9 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 »
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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.
  • The people here are friendly. The White Bengal Tiger's are beautiful! There's a million gorgous peacocks. I would recommend this place to everyone.
  • 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.
  • Take the whole family and go meet the most exotic and coolest residents of our area.
  • Nice visit. The staff was very friendly and helpful.

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Since Reno's casinos want you to save your money for the blackjack table, they offer some very reasonable rates on their rooms. Even a stay in one of the amenity-rich resort- or spa-style casinos downtown can be quite affordable. Plenty of hotels, motels, inns, and lodges are scattered throughout town, though most lie in and around downtown. If you're planning to ski in the mountains west of town, staying near Interstate 80 can save a couple minutes on your commute. Accommodations in Reno generally remain easy to find, but the days before and after the popular Burning Man festival in the desert east of the city tend to see a bump in visitors. Consider booking ahead if your visit coincides with the festival.
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