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Cherokee Bear Zoo

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A visit with the Bears

This was a stop we made on our way through Cherokee. We enjoyed visiting the Bears and having the... read more

Reviewed September 13, 2018
Inverness, United States

I didn't really like this place. The owner was very sweet. He did everything he could to make the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Darnell W
Eden, North Carolina
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  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible12%
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“baby tiger”(11 reviews)
“pygmy goats”(3 reviews)
“food trays”(3 reviews)
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1204 Tsalagi Rd, Cherokee, NC 28719-9106
+1 828-497-4525
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed July 25, 2017 via mobile

Great place and friendly owners and staff but when we took our picture with the baby cub my wife set her purse wallet on the table and we left it there only to notice it when we were hours from the place on our way...More

15  Thank cagreene
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed March 15, 2013

This is the worst animal attraction I have ever been to. The bears live in small concrete rooms with no chance to see the outside world. No grass, trees, dirt....nothing but concrete. The bears are trained to beg and do tricks for apples. Of course,...More

90  Thank Joe L
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I didn't really like this place. The owner was very sweet. He did everything he could to make the visit enjoyable. I just don't like seeing animals out of their natural habitats. But, there was no abuse and you could see the bears love him!

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Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

My family and I were in Gatlinburg Tennessee and on our way back home we drove through Cherokee and took our kids to the bear zoo to get the kids out of the car to stretch there legs the zoo was 6 dollars a person...More

2  Thank CRYSTAL S
Reviewed September 13, 2018

This was a stop we made on our way through Cherokee. We enjoyed visiting the Bears and having the chance to see them up close and feed them. The bears were very playful the day we were there. They were very responsive to the people...More

3  Thank angelahU4702BB
Reviewed September 3, 2018

These poor bears are kept in a concrete cell in the hot sun and beg for food. They hope that people will pay the extra $1 to get decent food and they sit, open their mouths and try and catch food. If they were taken...More

9  Thank ldcma2005
Reviewed August 23, 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed our visit & petting the baby tiger. It was inexpensive & the staff were very friendly. All animals looked healthy. Nice place.

2  Thank V4974XVjenniferh
Reviewed August 17, 2018

We went there with our kids. Fun place to go. My Husband favorite animal is Tiger. They had baby Tiger he got to bottle feed. Once in life time experience. Truly amazing

2  Thank Donna Y
Reviewed August 6, 2018

Don’t know why I decided to check this place out... it goes against everything I believe in on how all animals show be treated with love & respect! It’s awful aweful aweful!!!

9  Thank bluemoonyogaharmony
Reviewed August 2, 2018

My personal experience of this venue is: bears beg for food all day, whilst being confined to a concrete box with nothing to do other than beg for food from visitors. From what I could see I don't believe the concrete pen the bears are...More

14  Thank Lisa S
Reviewed July 25, 2018 via mobile

Only $6 a person and for $1 you get a tray of fruits and veggies to feed the bears. They have a tiger cub that you can take an 8x10 photo with for $20.

3  Thank alongcamealice
Reviewed July 19, 2018

nice little zoo but feel bad for the way the bears are displayed. all are in pits that are cerment. needs to be redone

3  Thank dansplace
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