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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.Use our Cameron holiday builder to add Aloha Safari Zoo and other attractions to your Cameron vacation plans.
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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Aloha Safari Zoo reviews
Beautiful zoo! Clearly a labor of love for all these amazing animals. Took our son and his wife and four children. We all had a blast!
Beautiful zoo! Clearly a labor of love for all these amazing animals. Took our son and his wife and four children. We all had a blast! 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
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 »
Went on a Tuesday morning. Arrives around 11:30am, the parking lot was semi-full, but the space is large enough to social distance easily. There were a lot of different animals and my little one loved the free roaming peacocks and chicken. Some people were saying that there's enough feed for the animals and that they didn't even want to eat it, but we found that we ran out of our first two cups of feed within ten minutes of our visit. They may have went closer to end of day? ::shrug:: Would highly suggest buying more than two cups of feed for the giraffes. They love it and are so friendly. It was such an awesome experience for me and my family. There is a nice restroom area by the gift shop with AC and child friendly sinks. There's also hand washing stations throughout the zoo. Some were out of water, but the next one isn't far away. The safari ride was great. I understood the complaints of some of the visitors who've left reviews, but I figure the driver and the your guide for the safari are working the safari ride and working on building the drive through road out, so they're probably tired is all. Overall, great trip with staff that were helpful.
This is a great place to take your kids. Awesome experience being able to see many types of animals. Being able to be up close and feed them was very cool. Bathrooms and wash stations are available. Both was very clean and convenient. This is a very cheap place to go for a fun day trip with your family! Will be coming back!
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