Wilson's Wild Animal Park, Winchester

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#13 of 13 in Zoos & Aquariums in Virginia
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  • Been here many times. It's a strange, small zoo. Don't like the way some of the animals are housed. Lots of local activities take place here.  more »
  • A great stop for my wife, and great-granddaughter. Wonderful to see so many animals being taken care of so well. We will come back.  more »
  • Visited today with my brother and my 94 year old mother who is in a wheelchair. She loves feeding the animals and we had a great time. The only problem was with her wheelchair and it was kind of rocky...  more »
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  • My boyfriend and I visited Wilson's today and I have no clue what these people on here are talking about!! We fully enjoyed walking around and feeding the animals and it was only $8 a person. You can't beat that!! None of the animals looked in bad shape, all were very friendly and not threatened, and were a fun to interact with. The only thing I could understand people saying something about was maybe the bear cage but as my boyfriend explained to me, they may not be in a grassy area because they could dig under it. I do agree though, for 2 bears, even the concrete cage could be bigger. As far as the tigers being unfriendly or non interactive, IT'S HOT OUT!!! Today when we went it was 92° out. I don't even want to interact with people when it's hot out! They were lounging in the shade when we were there. And as far as no food or water, every bowl we saw was full and there were mountains of straw/hay everywhere. I'm very happy I didn't listen to the reviews on here and checked it out for myself! Kudos to the owners for not ripping people off on a cover charge like other places do and maintaining, what I could only imagine is a lot of work, a well kept happy place for these animals and people to visit! I would definitely go back and recommend friends to visit!
  • It was a pretty cool experience taking my family to Wilson's. My boys had an awesome time. Lions, lemurs, peacocks, a zebra, a white tiger, bears, and many other animals. I loved the signs telling about the animals. We briefly chatted with a worker. He really seemed to know a lot about the animals, their behaviors, and showed real caring for them. They also had a small play area that provided a nice break. I hope to visit again soon and bring along some friends and family.
  • DO NOT Go to this zoo unless you advocate torturing animals for profit. Here is a quote from an animal organization's recent visit: "Wilson's Wild Animal Park has been cited for inadequate veterinary care, inadequate caging for dangerous animals and not giving primates enough engagement. Right now, there are multiple bears out in the sun with no water. One bear was even eating urine-soaked food. The bears have been seen pacing as well, which is a sign of severe psychological distress." They are leaving these animals out in 100 degree weather on hot concrete with NO water. The bear had to drink his own urine! This is disgusting. Please DO NOT go here.
  • I’m calling urging you to provide the desperately hot bears at your facility with at least natural terrain and an adequate pool and to consider retiring them to a reputable sanctuary. I was appalled to learn that they’re confined to a concrete-floored enclosure and that they’ve been seen panting with no means of escaping the heat. These animals deserve to live in vast habitats where they can exhibit normal types of behavior, such as digging, roaming, swimming, and foraging, rather than spending their lives on a hot concrete slab in enclosures in which they can barely take a few steps in any direction. Thank you for your time and consideration.
  • I’m calling to urge you to provide the desperately hot bears at your facility with at least natural terrain and an adequate pool and to consider retiring them to a reputable sanctuary. I was appalled to learn that they’re confined to a concrete-floored enclosure and that they’ve been seen panting with no means of escaping the heat. These animals deserve to live in vast habitats where they can exhibit normal types of behavior, such as digging, roaming, swimming, and foraging, rather than spending their lives on a hot concrete slab in enclosures in which they can barely take a few steps in any direction. Thank you for your time and consideration.

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