A little overhyped given their fb following & tv show on dirty jobs. Animal holding places stunk to high heaven & they were letting kids pet monkeys with huge canine teeth. Very scary & stupid to say the least or they just have awsome isurance. I wasn't prepared for that at all & thought it woudl be a safe place for my family but left appaled that they'd risk public safety in that way. Told one of the staff members about my concerns but was rudely dismissed. IMO the price is too high for what you get also.
Hi akfreebird, I want to apologize that you didn't have a good experience at Sharkarosa. Our web site clearly states that we are an interactive facility. I want to point out that we absolutely do not allow interaction with monkeys. We do bring out trained educational lemurs for people to pet their tails, which is completely legal. We are licensed not only thru the USDA, but also hold a Zoological permit, which is very hard to get and does qualify us as a zoo. We do not do anything for the sake of "ratings." We breed rare and endangered species for zoos around the world and run educational programs during the week. If you remember the name of the staff member who was rude to you, I'd love for you to email me in private; we don't tolerate any underserved rudeness towards guests.
I love working with these people every chance i get. they make each day with them more enjoyable than the next and is so rewarding to get to help all the animals and know that there doing such good things for the rare and endangered species! I have never seen more dedicated people or been more proud to know that im doing something by helping it may be a small part but they really appreciate each and everyone of there staff and guests!
We take our grandchildren on field trips to Sharkarosa and it is an awesome experience. The staff and volunteers are exceptional: informative, patient and are excellent with the animals and the visitors. We always do the private tour for 10+ and we are treated like royalty. I highly recommend Sharkarosa as a positive field trip adventure for all.
My son will attend camp at Sharkarosa for the 3rh time this June. He loves being able to help with the animals. We have also had a birthday party there, and have made a few Saturday visits. They are very knowledgeable and caring for their animals, and make the visits enjoyable.
Visited with my son's fourth grade class. Best field trip ever. The staff was the best. I think I was more excited than the kids!
I had a phenomenal experience at Sharkarosa. It is such a great place to take my sons and let them interact with the animals and learn. They are taught so much more in a few hours at the ranch than they could ever get from a typical zoo. My boys have gained such an appreciation for animal life and the importance of keeping the earth clean and safe for those animals. I take them to Sharkarosa as much as I can.
My kids absolutely love seeing all the animals. My daughter is hoping to volunteer! You all do wonderful work with these animals! Thank you for everything you do for our community!
i went on a field trip there with my sons 2nd grade class,Jacksboro Elem. School, i had the best time we all did. My son has cerebral palsey and i couldn't lift him in for the train ride and the man that was driving the little train came right over and lifted him in so he could ride like the rest of the kids, i really loved the place and am planning on taking my other kids back soon.
I absolutely love this place! The staff are very helpful and patient with kids. I really cant wait to visit again.
We were truly shocked at how great this place was. When we saw the website, and saw the prices, we imagined a much smaller venue with less animals. We spent over 2hrs there on the day we went, and would have spent more if the weather had been more cooperative. We will be back real soon!