Plan Your Visit At Big Joel's Safari you can get up close & personal with the animals! Now not all the animals at the park are available for touching and feeding, but you can get close to them. Ever been just feet away from a bison or watusi cow that has 4 foot horns? You can touch and feed many animals from little goats and deer to our gigantic camels. We offer several activities and have events throughout the season. Prices and details for feed for the animals, camel rides, bounce house, parakeet aviary, and more can be found below.
Frequently asked questions that may help you plan your visit How long should we plan for a visit? Truth be told it depends on how much you love animals, you could spend an hour or half a day What type of park is Big Joel's Safari? Big Joel's Safari is a small walk thru park on 15 acres (not a drive thru), half petting zoo and half zoo that gets you close to the animals. What is the best age to visit? Big Joel's is made for all ages as long as you love animals Are you allowed to bring food & beverages into Big Joel's Safari? For the safety of our animals the answer is no, you can however bring water into the park. We do sell sealed snacks & drinks in our gift shop, but plans for a snack shack are in the works for the future. Is the park wheelchair accessible? We are partially wheelchair accessible. The zoo is on natural terrain, which means there are slight inclines, gravel, and grass to manage. Some chairs do better than others & we not have wheelchair rentals. What animals are you allowed to feed & touch? Almost any animal that can walk up to the fence can be fed or touched, unless posted signs tell you otherwise. For example some love to be petted, but cannot be fed. While some love to be fed, but not touched. Most animals at the park that can be touched & fed love both! The feed is not for all the animals as some are on special diets, so keep them healthy. You can use your hands, spoons, or special feed tubes to feed the animals (but don't use your cup they might steal or break it!) Do you have to have a reservation or schedule a time to come out to the Safari! No, you can visit anytime during open days & hours which can be found in the "Park Information" section. Only school tours & field trips must be scheduled in advance.
Activities & Things To Do at Big Joel's Safari In addition to our more than 500 animals residents covering well over 60 species and growing, these are some of our other fun attractions here at the Safari Camel Rides Ride one of our ships of the desert at Big Joel's Safari, $5.00 per rider We provide rides on Saturdays 10:30 am to 3:30 pm & Sundays 11:30 to 4:00 throughout the entire season and all open days during the summer. (*Weather permitting and you can check for availability on facebook for any possible cancellations) Ride Requirements
More than one person can ride, but there is a 250 lb weight limit
Sorry no children under the age of 2 may ride
Children 2-3 years of age may ride with a parent
Each Rider must buy a ride ticket (child + adult= 2 ride tickets)
Pony & Donkey Rides Pony Ride times are the same as the camel ride schedule above. $5.00 per rider Ride Requirements
Must be 2 years old to ride
Younger riders may require a parent to walk along side pony
Rider must be under 80 lbs
Feed for the Animals You can purchase feed cups to feed many of the animals here at our park. You can feed animals that can come directly up to the fence using your hands, spoons, or through special feed tubes. Rules for feeding: never use your cup to feed them, do not pour feed on the ground, or throw feed at animals, and pay attention to signs because some species are on a special diet, so keep them healthy. Be sure to keep your cups and bring them back for your next visit to pay refill price. $4.00 for a large souvenir cup (1/2 price refills) $2.00 for a small souvenir cup (1/2 price refills)
Parakeet Encounter This is our interactive parakeet encounter where you purchase a parakeet feed stick for only $1.00 or 6 sticks for $5.00 to feed our many fine feathered friends in our open bird aviary and many will actually land on your stick, hand, and even your head! Education Station Learn some cool facts about animals and about us. Touch animal artifacts such as ostrich eggs and deer antlers. You can even touch one of our animal ambassadors such as a snake, alligator, or other animal friends! Weekends in the Spring & Fall and everyday for the summer time. This is a free activity that is available 1 hour after opening until 1 hour before closing and is weather permitting of course.
Fall Safari Activities & Wagon Rides (Seasonal) Fall time is park owners Big Joel & Mimi's favorite time of the year. During this time of the year the park is decorated for the Halloween and Fall season, transforming Big Joel's Safari into Big Joel's Spooky Safari! Beginning at the end of September and operating regular days of operation until Halloween. During this time we offer wagon rides that operate every day we are open. We take you one full round in our old hay wagon with our trusty old tractor in our large field which is home most of our deer, elk, bison, and watusi cattle as well as our many ducks & geese. During the ride our ride operator will inform you about our animal residents and facts about Big Joel's Safari. Tickets are $2.50 per rider (under 2 years of age are free)