SHARKAROSA RANCH

Rating: 4.82 stars   22 reviews

Issues: Animals, Children & Youth, Education

Location: PO Box 1258 Pilot Point TX 76258 USA

Mission: Our mission is to provide the North Texas community with a place to learn about and experience wildlife in a unique and personal setting.
Results: Spent a year fundraising for bear habitiat, which is currently under construction.
Target demographics: DFW families, schools and organized groups
Direct beneficiaries per year: 140ish animals cared for. 20,000 guests thru our gates.
Geographic areas served: Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
Programs: Education Program Volunteer Program Special Needs Education Program Intern Program Summer Camps

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Rating: 1 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

pilot point, tx

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure animals stay in cages & away from the public where they belong!!!! I get that this place isn't a real zoo but letting people touch WILD animals for the sake of ratings is a dumb idea. Price was also steep.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

How did you learn about this organization?

dirty jobs then found their fb page thru google

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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.

Rating: 5 stars  

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!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a first hand manner.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

say it needs more people to stop by and enjoy the experience as much as i do!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

none

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

tons! i learned how to care for wildlife!

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Amazing!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

visiting with my grandchildren

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

advertise more

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

providing education and fun for my sons.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...the education my sons have received.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

...the hands-on interaction with the animals.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

...so fun, knowledgeable and helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

...expand. It could grow its staff and the size of its facilities to teach more children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

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!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

absolutely wonderful. They are all very patient with the kids and I can tell the staff definately want the kids to learn about these wonderful animals. I have never heard of a bad experience at Sharkarosa and after visiting, I totally understand why.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

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've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

enjoying all the animals

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

keep it like it is

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the knowledge u gain about the animals

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

great, kind and helpful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand and be the biggest wildlife park in texas

Ways to make it better...

couldnt have been better

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the economy

One thing I'd also say is that...

we will be going back soon

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I absolutely love this place! The staff are very helpful and patient with kids. I really cant wait to visit again.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly and knew alot about the animals. They were very patient and great teachers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

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!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very friendly and knowledgable. The people we spoke truly liked working with these animals.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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