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ElkayEZJuly 18, 2017
Communication was a challenge to make an appointment. All of the appointments seem to be booked through Patricia, the owner. You have to call to get the appointment times (and at least in my case, the... more »
cgal76July 14, 2017
This was the best adventure our young family has ever had. The tour was informative. The animals were well taken care of. We got to take a picture with Luke the elephant. Feed elephants, and even ride... more »
trintravJuly 7, 2017
I was extremely impressed with the love and care given by owner Patricia and her family to these majestic animals. After our visit and Extreme Encounter tour I am convinced that Patricia's love for he... more »
Elaina CollinsJune 26, 2017
There are sanctuaries where people can help tend to and take care of animals.. pet them and admire. This is not one of them. Many people assume that riding elephants is safe due to their large frames, but it is not! They have extremely fragile spines.. riding them causes serious injuries over time. They also train these elephants here to do tricks as if they are in the circus.. this is no sanctuary.
Kelly DenmarkMay 1, 2017
I too like so many others felt wild animals should be left in the wild so they can live a long happy life frolicking in nature. However I have been educated and now realize an elephant in the wild will have a very difficult and most likely very short life. In part because there is no wild for elephants as man has taken over their habitat and because the people of Africa and Asia would rather kill an elephant for their ivory or meat than protect them. By visiting a place such as this Elephant Refuge you can learn real information about this fantastic animal and truly appreciate them. It is obvious the people who run this refuge are not getting rich and living in fancy homes. It is obvious they love what the do, have a great understanding of what is going on in the world regarding elephants and have created a true sanctuary for them. Before anyone criticizes they should visit the ranch. It will be a fantastic and possibly life changing experience.
Captain Manni'sMay 1, 2017
It was just plain great. We took the Extreme Encounter and was worrth it. Got to know Patti the elephant up close and help give her a bath then finished it off giving her apples and bananas she loved. The animals were healthy and totally content. Good common sense real information from people that really know and have no wacky uneducated agenda. I have seen the plight and lives of these marvelous animals in the so called "wild" and it is not pleasant. These animals here are living their lives with people that love them just like elephants have done for hundreds of years (read your history books). Good food, good professional vet care. Loved and cared for. Pampered elephants in a place like this are better then the starving harassed and dead ones seen in their native lands. Go see them and donate so maybe our grand kids will be able to experience such wonderful amazing animals.
Mel LApril 26, 2017
Great informational and fun experience. the staff really cares about the well being of the animals there and they are doing a great job at sharing what they and other sanctuaries are trying to do for the endangered species out there. People will mistake what the purpose of the ranch is for and not understand that it is an educational and up close encounter to beautiful animals, not just a "zoo" experience. I am definitely looking forward to going back and doing the extreme experience next time.
Bailey RawlinsonMay 3, 2017
The elephants are majestic and incredible but the owner Patricia treats guests like an inconvenience and practically barks as her main form of communication, whether she is talking to a guest or a docile elephant. She makes it very clear that she would rather work with elephants than with people which is probably why paying the most there, for an Extreme Encounter, lasts only 3 hours. In her Q&A, she seemed to get offended by questions and gave misinformation about elephants. She didn't have a mic so we could barely hear her. Everything in the park takes a max of 3 minutes to do, unless you do the extreme encounter where you get to bathe an elephant too. That took probably 6 minutes to do. There are multiple photo opportunities, where you have to use your own camera and get mere seconds before she barks, "did you get it?" The elephants are kept in small enclosures and there are bull hooks ready at all times. If she really does love them like she says she does, it is a love enshrined in harshness. It is worth the money to experience such beautiful creatures, I wouldn't trade that for the world. But just know that your time with them is extremely limited and under the watchful eye of an unpleasant caretaker.
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