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Two Tails Ranch, Williston

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  • We enjoyed this very much but we only saw 3 of the elephants because it was very cold out and the others were in there heated barn. We learned many new facts about the elephants. We would like to go b...  more »
  • My husband and I recently enjoyed the "Extreme Encounter" and it was worth every penny. I'll admit that the owner, Patricia, is not the best communicator and it took some persistence on my part to get...  more »
  • We looked forward to this visit for months and drove from NC to Florida. I read the bad reviews but still went with an open mind. Pay attention to the reviews! The owner was very unfriendly and impati...  more »
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  • My friend reserved us both the ultimate encounters with the elephants. Overall, it was an incredible experience. I arrived and they opened this garage door to an elephant waiting to be bathed. I bathed it, came outside and played with the elephant for a little while, etc. I did the whole 9 yards at this ranch, feeding, sitting on the leg for a photo and riding an elephant, I did thoroughly enjoy it all. The female owner comes off a bit rough and snarky while speaking and answering questions; I am sure she is that way because she gets a lot of hate from animal activists. I did feel a sad energy while there though. Wish these and all elephants could live a more free-lifestyle like the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee provides for its elephants. I do understand this is a family owned and operated ranch, and they are limited to funds and people equipped to take care of these creatures, but that in itself is the point exactly, they should have never been taken to a ranch or be limited to the space they have. Loved the experience, and there is no hate to the owners, they are doing the best they can with what they are passionate for, but I do wish better for these animals.
  • I was very excited to visit this place as my daughter and mother love elephants. We drove 3 hrs after seeing it online. For a maybe 15 min overview and 2 extraordinarily rushed experiences we payed through the nose. 20 dollars per adult for admission. 25 dollars for a quick photo with the elephant. And 5 dollars to hand them a carrot. 40 dollars if you wanted to ride them for maybe 5 mins. The staff was extremely rude and condescending and interestingly enough spouted false facts on the elephants as a species which surprised me. At least one of the guys did. The operator yelled at a young man videotaping accusing him for being part of PETA. It was just awkward and weird. We were hard pressed to spend an hour and a half there. I am all for giving money to help care for animals but this was definitely not an experience that shouted of people who cared or even wanted to teach people about the animals.
  • My girlfriend and I love elephants, what a great way to spend time with them. We got the extreme encounter and boy was it worth it. You can tell that they love there animals very much. If you love elephants then you won't be disappointed.
  • I was planning a trip from Florida to North Carolina and wanted to visit Two Tails as my first stop. After calling and leaving a voicemail asking for details about the encounter ($200) and not receiving a call back. I called again 2 days later and spoke with a women who said she was in the barn and asked me to send her an email from their website and she would send me all the details. Two days later still no email. I started on my trip and called when I was close to be told they were doing a photo shoot and went open that day and we’re closed next day too. I was very disappointed and won’t make the effort to go back.
  • This was one of the most memorable day trips I've ever had. Very relaxing. You get to watch these animals up close while they feed, paint a picture etc. You are allowed to feed them. They are very expensive to maintain. These are Indian elephants that will be extinct in the wild within 7 years . One reason is PETA who has successfully banned the importation of these animals from zoos overseas who can no longer care for them.These elephants are not mistreated. They like all animals like to be involved, contribute and have enrichment in their lives. For $50.00 you can take a very short ride on one of these massive animals.This sanctuary needs donations for a 20 acre enclosure for their elephants to graze. Be sure to make reservations for the famous Ivy House restaurant in Williston for lunch before your elephant visit.

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