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Two Tails Ranch

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Address: 18655 NE 81st St, Williston, FL 32696-3906
Phone Number: +1 352-528-6585
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My wife, 10 year old daughter and I drove the 2 hours from Orlando to visit 2 Tails Ranch and it was the highlight of the trip for my daughter. We had called ahead and booked our... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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St. Albert, Canada
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St. Albert, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife, 10 year old daughter and I drove the 2 hours from Orlando to visit 2 Tails Ranch and it was the highlight of the trip for my daughter. We had called ahead and booked our tour, which you must do, spent close to 3 hours there. Our tour started off with the owner Patricia giving a very detailed... More 

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Deltona, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not a zoo, so don't expect face painting for the kids. The elephants do paint but your face is not the canvas. Appointment is mandatory, again mandatory. Not near Disney, as a matter of fact it's near nothing of interest. Unless your into nature, then this is a great place. Up close experience with Asian elephants, a two hour info... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

The elephants here are well cared for. Staff was knowledgeable. If you're in the market for a unique, one of a kind piece of artwork they have an elephant artist and his paintings are for sale in the gift shop. There were many opportunities to interact with the elephants.

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Hawthorne, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Another one of the animal rescue farms in the area just outside of Gainesville dedicated to elephants. This was a phenomenal treat with a truly dedicated staff comprised mostly of a small family. Excellent education. A must see.

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Metairie, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

I was somewhat hesitant going in, but the animals were obviously well-cared for and the guides were very knowledgeable and had an excellent rapport with the animals. You have the opportunity to see exotic animals in an up-close and personal way. Unfortunately, the worldwide elephant (and captive American population) is quickly dwindling because of environmental, social, and political reasons. This... More 

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Ocala, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

I took my 9 year old son to tour the ranch and we were so impressed with the animals, the facility and of course the wonderful family who has taken care of more than 300 elephants over the years. They are truly amazing! I can't wait to go back!

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1 Thank ldmvjuice
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

The owner gives you a talk about what's happening with elephants around the world and answers questions of all sorts. This is a good experience for kids and adults. You even get to watch Luke, the elephant, paint! Yes, really! Her family has been caring for elephants for generations and her knowledge is extensive, to say the least. You do... More 

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Summerfield, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Great overview narration on life of elephants.....many surprising facts. Brings to light that these massive creatures won't be around for future generations. I was in a wheelchair. It was difficult to get around on the sand. Thanks to friends taking turns pushing me. Lunch nearby at Ivy House is also a great experience.

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Ocala, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Great place for a unique day out. Rode an elephant saw a tiger and zebra. My wife and I enjoyed the out door experience with fresh air and the wildlife

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

I was trained to be a zookeeper. I was trained to frown at non-AZA facilities, that is why I was hesitant to go to Elephant Appreciation Day, but I went. First, it was so easy to find because there were signs literally leading us in from the main road to the place. When we pulled up, there were at least... More 

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Grande Prairie, Canada

I would like answers from the Two Tail Ranch staff.

How often do your elephants mud themselves?

Who is the matriarch in their family group?

Are you familiar with the benefits of an elephant mudding/dusting themselves?

What country does each elephant come from and why were they removed, and by whom?

Do you have written material available describing exactly how having these elephants at your Ranch and the activities they engage in directly relate to the survival of this species in the wild? Because as per law, the purpose of importing these animals must be likely to enhance the propagation or survival of the species. Please have a better reason than your mother company donating $500 to Asian Elephant Support.

Also would you like to elaborate on what a "special elephant pellet" consists of?

How many hours a day do your elephants spend eating?

What's stronger in an elephant, the neck or the back?

Why can't you refer to yourselves as a sanctuary?

See, I've just spend time at a real elephant sanctuary. In asia. Where elephants actually live. While Florida's climate may be similar to their natural environment, this Ranch certainly isn't. I admit, they've done a wonderful job in convincing everyone they are ethical, but the truth of the matter is that this place is no elephant haven. I don't know of any sanctuary where I can ride the animals that are being protected. If anyone is curious about why this place might be asking for donations when their mother company rakes in about one million annually, have a look at the Pay-to-Play policy.

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Columbus, Georgia

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