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“Not the zoo it used to be”
Review of Sunset Zoo

Sunset Zoo
Reviewed August 9, 2017

Living in the area we'd been many times through the early years with our children, and now are taking grandchildren. Although the zoo spent many $$ to build a new ticket office/gift shop and an education center, the animal exhibits are sadly lacking. It is understood the zoo is small and land-locked, but there doesn't appear to have had much spent improving the number of animals or their habitats. Some construction is currently going on at the moment. The playground is very nice for small children, but that shouldn't be the focus of a zoo. When our children were little, there was a nice children's section but that is merely a walking loop now with little to see. The number of flamingos is impressive but their enclosure is really small for their number. The education center appears to be for administrative purposes and social events. I couldn't take grandchildren in last week because the person selling tickets said their daycamp was using it and "there isn't much to see anyway." Overall, disappointing. I had already purchased a family membership for this visit but justified that knowing the membership is reciprocal with other zoos.

Thank HMP32015
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Reviewed August 8, 2017

Went with our daughter's family and always enjoy the exhibits, which are very well done. The animals appear healthy and calm, and the zoo is just the right size to see in a day with small children. The picnic/park area in the center is nice for a rest stop or snack. We took a lunch and picnicked mid-day. Sunset Zoo is a rare treat in a town the size of Manhattan.

Thank charlesmichaels2017
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Reviewed July 10, 2017

The zoo is fun! The wallaby with Joey in her pouch ... so Cool! Tigers, snow leopards, chimps and cheetahs .. are you kidding? This is a great zoo!

Thank dgbeach2016
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Reviewed July 8, 2017 via mobile

This zoo was so peaceful and so nice to walk around. We are from Omaha and our "world top 3 zoo" is just a mad house most of the time. So this was a great mix cool animals and low key atmosphere. It's a hike though! So bring your walking shoes!

Thank Brad H
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Reviewed July 6, 2017 via mobile

It cost only $25 total for my family of seven to get into this zoo, but while we were pleased at the low price, we did find that at this zoo, you do get what you pay for. First of all, we got there 1.5 hours before closing, but were informed at the front gate that they put the animals away half an hour before closing, so we had about an hour. Half of the animals were either hiding, or their exhibits were closed off. Making our way around, we did see a couple of interesting animals, such as a baby gibbon and an anteater, but that was pretty much the best thing we saw. The zoo is very small, and it took us about 45 minutes to see everything, then the kids spent 15 minutes at the playground. I forgot to mention that it was a 90 degree, very humid day. Overall, my experience was not terrible, there were some interesting sights, but this zoo definitely needs improvement and I will probably not return.

Thank iloveelitchgardens
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