Sarasota Bradenton Children's Zoo
Rating: 3.5 stars 2 reviews
Location: PO Box 50217 Sarasota FL 34232 USA
Mission: Gulf Coast Sanctuary/Sarasota Bradenton Children's Zoo offers a permanent refuge for non-releasable wildlife and treatment and release of injured animals. The youth caring for these animals are referred to us by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice,and the Court System. It is our mission and goal that through this unique interaction of traumatized animals and traumatized children, both will be healed.
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I found the staff and volunteers very loving toward the animals. The animals were healthy and well fed. Facilities were clean and in good shape. I feel the organization is living up to its mission and is doing a great job in caring for God's creatures. It was an interesting visit and I have more appreciation for what they do after going there.
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This organization is not exactly what most people would consider a true exotic animal sanctuary. The founders are retired circus people, and many of the animals are used in performance acts that are passed off as "education." While the people who run the organization no doubt care about their animals, it appears to be more of a stationary circus disguised as a sanctuary, rather than a true rescue.
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