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Sharkarosa Ranch

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Children & Youth, Education, Wildlife Preservation & Protection, Wildlife Sanctuaries, Youth Community Service Clubs

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

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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.

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sharkarosa 05/31/2011

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have taken all of my Grandchildren at various times. The excitement, education and wonderful interaction with the animals experienced by them all was evident in their conversations weeks later. We stumbled on this on a weekend drive to nowhere in particular and has become one of our favorite places to visit, relax and enjoy the beauty of Nature.... the Staff is amazing and Scott has done a wonderful job opening up the World of Nature to a lot of people. Thank you

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

sharkarosa is AWESOME...they do super work taking in rehabilitating animals and providing an up-close experience with many creatures that you could only see thru glass, or bars, in a regular zoo. the staff is dedicated to their work and are a pleasure to interact with. sharkarosa also provides a unique opportunity for kids interested in animals to volunteer and gain priceless experience through their volunteer program. all-around fantastic. LOVE SHARKAROSA!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Sharkarosa Ranch is an amazing place and we are so lucky to have them in North Texas. They have an amazing staff that is truly dedicated to taking care of their special animals. I love interacting with the animals, especially the baby camels!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Sharkarosa Ranch was wonderful! The kids LOVED it! Awesome experience, I can't wait to go again! Such a gem for the North Texas area.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch is an absolutely wonderful place to get an up close experience and guided tour with many of natures Rare and Unique animals. The Ranch Staff is very professional and knowledgeable, I give my highest recommendation for the zoo and it staff.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Sharkarosa is a special place and a great find. I started taking my 4 year old here last year and we go back at least once a month (she would like it to be more). It allows the children to interact with the animals, and not just look at them from afar. I highly recommend to anyone that has an interest in animals to go spend a day at the Sharkarosa. Its a wonderful experience.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sharkarosa is a wonderful place to encounter exotic animals and learn lots of fun facts about them. I always have a great experience, learn new things and see new animals. I also love that they have special events for homeschooling families!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My family visited Sharkarosa and fell in love with it! There are many rescued animals there, and they are all well cared for. Love this place!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sharkarosa Ranch is awesome. I went along on my daughter's 3rd grade field trip. We rode in a tram out to various animals and the animals came right up to the tram, so the children (and the adults) could pet them. The staff was very knowledgable and instructive about the animals. Those animals that could not be petted were brought out to be shown to the children and the staff talked very knowledgably about them. When else will you get to pet a baby camel? My daughter came home talking about all the friends she wanted to take there who didn't get to go that day.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently went with my son and his 1st grade class to this amazing place. The up close interaction with the animals was unlike anything we've experienced before. The staff was awesome - very, very knowledgeable about the animals and obviously very attached to them - like most people are with their dog. We went on Tuesday and my son is begging to take his little brother back this weekend. Absolutely one of the best experiences we've had.