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, Keet Shack, 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 (all ages) More than one person can ride, but we do have a 250 lb. limit. Children 3 years & younger need by accompanied by a paid adult We provide rides on Saturdays 10:30 am to 3:30 pm & Sundays 11:30 to 3:30 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)
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)
Keet Shack - Parakeet Encounter This is our interactive parakeet encounter where you purchase parakeet feed stick for only $1.00 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. Crafts with Mary- Mary provides paint & take ceramics for $3.00 per item. Mary is here most weekends and during summer break everyday.
Spooky Safari Activities & Wagon Rides (Seasonal) Wagons rides operate every day we are open in coordination with Big Joel's Spooky Safari in the fall. We take you one full round in our old hay wagon with our 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) Paint a Pumpkin= TBA (weekends only)
Big Joel's Safari Movie Nights Big Joel's Safari Movie Nights are fun for the whole family. We only schedule a few a year and these are after hours events so we will keep you posted as soon as the dates are confirmed. Depending on the time of year starting times will vary. New Dates for 2017: June 10th, June 24th, July 8th, July 22nd, & later dates TBA General Schedule of Events Evening stroll around the zoo - go visit all your favorite animals. Make sure to arrive on time as we generally give an hour or more to walk around the park and close most of the park off when the Sing Our Feature Presentation - Then it's time to watch our featured movie on our outdoor big screen. Be sure to bring your blankets and lawn chairs during the movie. Admission to our Movie Nights is $10.00 per person ages 2 & up Season Pass holders are $4.00 per person