The Sierra Safari Zoo was started by 3 men, Dale McDaniel, Jimmie Martin, and Dave Dawson. They had a collection of exotic animals as a hobby which started with ostriches. They acquired the property in January 1987 and the zoo opened in August 1987. The first real exotic animal was an African Lion, named Claude. Which was followed three months later by a male liger, Hobbs, one of the zoo's most prized ambassadors. The zoo is completely staffed by volunteers and today there are approximately 50 who perform the day to day care and feeding of the 150 or so residents at Sierra Safari Zoo. The zoo's volunteers are people who have a great passion for animals and the zoo provides an opportunity to work with many amazing creatures.Make Sierra Safari Zoo part of your personalized Reno itinerary using our Reno travel planner.
Sierra Safari Zoo Reviews
Don’t go here expecting the San Diego zoo. Do go with little kids expecting a good time for about 90 minutes. Do note that the Lion has died but there are two white tigers, a fat bobcat, a little chee... more »
Small zoo but cool animals. Saw the tigers being fed. Go and support the animals. Saw friendly staff taking care of many of the animals. more »
Awesome little zoo. The volunteers are very loving towards the animals. the community is very empathetic and giving toward the zoo. The volunteers know a lot about the animals behavior and personality. Talk to them! The petting (and feeding) area is a real treat. Can't do that at a big commercial zoo. I've been coming here since 2006, with my kids and for field trips. Great place to learn about biodiversity, habitat, etc. I highly recommend.
Really cool place and really close to home. Great for a spur of the moment activity with the kids. They kids loved it. It's small, so it's easy for kids to walk and see all the animals without getting too tired. It was pretty hot when we went, but a lot of the path was shaded. I was going to bring the stroller, but I'm glad I didn't. It would have been too difficult to maneuver on the dirt paths.The petting zoo was cool, but don't let your little children in by themselves with the bucket of food. Those deer aren't shy! And pretty strong. And definitely avoid open toe shoes. Unfortunately, my youngest had an allergic reaction and we had to cut our visit short. Overall though, we all had a good time.
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