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Aloha Safari Zoo, Cameron

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#7 of 14 in Zoos & Aquariums in North Carolina
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Lee Crutchfield is on a mission to rescue animals in need. He currently holds a license for up to 500 animals, although Aloha Safari Zoo tops out at about 400. Lee works non-stop to provide animals a refuge where they can peacefully live out the remainder of their lives. About 400 animals of various species, most exotic, have found a sanctuary in an educational zoo that Crutchfield, his family and a small team of dedicated individuals have labored to create. The zoo is over 60-acres and opened to the public January 2010.

Lee is passionate about the all the animals “I built everything you see, dug the ponds and all,” he says. All of the habitats are constructed at hurricane strength and accredited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Every pen is also equipped with ultraviolet lighting, which helps to provide the animals with Vitamin B.

Caring for the animals is crucial, since many of them have been rescued from poor health and habitats. Three area veterinarians aid the zoo with medical care and health certificate exams. “it’s a unique opportunity and learning experience for the area’s children, families and schools. There are a lot of different species that most people would never have the opportunity to seem,” says Brian Garrett, a veterinarian with the Animal Hospital of Fayetteville.

This working zoo is a true family affair. Crutchfield’s family all have roles in the daily activities. “This is God’s gift to me. Every single day, I get to do the work I love,” says Crutchfield.

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  • Read this honest review. I visited Aloha Safari Zoo with my wife. I had read the other reviews and one in particular stood out to me. A woman from Florida called her visit a heartbreaking Zoo. It....  more
    Read this honest review. I visited Aloha Safari Zoo with my wife. I had read the other reviews and one in particular stood out to me. A woman from Florida called her visit a heartbreaking Zoo. It....  more »
  • Such a great place, everyone was very nice. The animals seemed very well cared for, and the bathrooms were really clean. We went early and did everything in about 2 hours. 
    Such a great place, everyone was very nice. The animals seemed very well cared for, and the bathrooms were really clean. We went early and did everything in about 2 hours.  more »
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  • I wish there were more I could do to help this Zoo and it's animals! But I will tell others to come and will come back with others. I love that the beautiful peacocks just walk freely around. I love the giraffe. Next time wanna get a kiss from him with a lettuce leaf in my mouth! I loved the variety of animals from all over the world too! It was a fun time!!
  • We love aloha! It's obvious these animals are loved and well taken care of. That's one reason we continue to return. The safari ride is a little rough with their dirt path washing but it's pretty quick.

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