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“if there is animal hell, than this is it”
Review of The Papanack Zoo

The Papanack Zoo
Toronto, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“if there is animal hell, than this is it”
Reviewed 27 July 2010

This was one of the wost kinds of animal cruelty i have ever seen. We went on a day where it was over 40 degrees outside with the humidex and the conditions were terrible. What i saw brought me to tears. The black bears were panting and looked so sick and hot. Every cage had a sad looking animal in it. I did not see any water or shady places available for the animals and what really pissed me off was the people who worked there let this go on. I went to see the wolves, who were clearly sun stroked, and the zoo keeper tried to coax them out of their semi cool spot to put on a show. I told them to please stop and they said it was what they were supposed to do. Every other tiny cage i had the misfortune of visiting had some annoying person trying to do they same thing. They would coax them with food to suffer more. The whole place had an awful smell. You could smell the hormones in the air from all the animals in heat. I asked why and was told that they try to breed the animals. I was than told when babies come they trade them with other zoos for animals they don't have. Please do not go to this place. If there are any organizations out there that can help these beautiful animals please do so and shut down papanack zoo.

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English first
Montreal, Canada
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“If you want to see Animals in terrible conditions then avoid Papanack Zoo.”
Reviewed 25 July 2010

The cages are old, depressing and not looked after, the animals are in terrible condition. I saw 1 wolf crying because (I'm assuming it was it's child) it's child was locked in a tiny (and i mean tiny cage). The Jaguar was fat because he has no where to exercise, he is in a 5x5 meter cage. Please do not go to this Zoo, you are only keeping these animals in these terrible conditions for longer. Avoid!

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11 Thank BoycottBloop
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Hudson, QC
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A great way to spend the day!”
Reviewed 13 July 2010

This is a great place to spend a day with kids! If you're looking for a big attraction with lots of rides and sparkles, forget it - this isn't the place for you! But if you want to go to a place to relax and see some familiar and more exotic animals in a rustic setting - I highly recommend this place! It's set in the country side, kind of in the middle of nowhere but easy to find and close to the highway.
The staff are very professional, very relaxed and laid back. They will answer all of your questions in English or in French. You can watch them feed the animals which is pretty impressive. No stress there! There are picnic tables in the shade so you can bring something from home or you can eat at the little snack shop. There is a gift shop too but it's kind of discreet so you don't feel like you have to buy if you don't want to. A play area is set up for kids (kind of a play ground with toy kitchens, tires, and ride-on toys) for when they get tired and there are benches as well. There are portable toilets throughout but no indoor toilets and no water fountains (although there are places for you to wash your hands). Bring lots of water with you. Make sure you go on a dry day because everything is outdoors (wouldn't be worth going to on a rainy day). They do rent strollers if you need them. Not sure that wheelchairs would be ideal just because it's very grassy and dirt paths are the only way to get to the various places (there's no pavement) so prepare to do a lot of walking. Good walking shoes or sandals are ideal. The setting is like walking through a large farm.
There is an impressive variety of animals - from North American farm animals to African zebras, lions and tigers, etc.! Be sure to go early in the morning, though and try to visit the big animals first as they tend to hide in the shade as the day goes on to stay out of the heat. If you wait too long you'll be disappointed as you may not see some of the animals. Some of the animals (like the zebras and mountain sheep) you can actually pet through the fences. The animals are well-fed and well taken care of.
We really enjoyed our day at the zoo and would definitely recommend it to others. This isn't a huge amusement park or a glittzy attraction so if that's more your style you won't like this place but if you're looking for a nice day out and you're not into "fancy" you will likely really enjoy this place. Plan to spend a good 3 hours or more if you want to see everything (there are 36 sites to see here and if you want to see the animals being fed it will take some time to get through the whole park). The price ranges between free (for babies) and up to $17.50 for adults but I think it was worth the cost. I would visit again.

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3 Thank runawayHudson_QC
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Nunavut
Level 5 Contributor
41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Go to the feedings.”
Reviewed 9 February 2010

The lion that baby simba was modeled after in the lion king movie lives at the zoo.

I've gone to the zoo once, it was a nice small place. There was a lot of interaction with the keepers and it was nice to be outdoors. There are no boardwalks or paved walkways so be prepared with decent foot ware and check the weather forecast since everything is outside.

Get a schedule for the feedings, you'll get to see active animals and have a chance to hear from the zoo keepers and also ask them questions.

I understood that the zoo started out by rescuing neglected and abandoned animals when those that wanted exotic pets grew tired of them.

As expected there will be some animals you feel bad for. I find there are always animals that you can see that should not be in a zoo no matter how large and well funded they are.

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1 Thank Siutiapik
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oTTAWA
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Not worth it....”
Reviewed 5 August 2009

Paid 34 dollars to walk around in the mud (no paths), see animals in depressing conditions and feel sad about them. Been to a few other zoo type places and this place doesn't come close to the quality that the animals and visiting public deserve....won't ever go back.

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9 Thank ShankoTTAWA
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