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Animal Ark

1265 Deerlodge Road | Reno, NV 89508 | Official website
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  • Type: Parks and Gardens, Zoos and Aquariums
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (3.9)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 2.5 (2.5)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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Not all wild animals are found in Reno's nightclubs; some are found in Animal Ark. Sitting a good 25 miles north of Reno near Nashville, Nev., this facility is not a zoo, but rather a "safe haven for non-releasable wildlife," according to its website. Animals from all over the world have taken shelter within the ark's enclosures because they lack the necessary skills to live in the wild, whether because of a disability or being kept in captivity too long. Visitors have the opportunity to watch the ark's residents interact and play.

Recent visitors agree that Animal Ark is well worth a visit. "Even after the glowing reviews we were all amazed at how wonderful it really was," one TripAdvisor user says. "Some of the stories are so sad. I can't believe how cruel people can be, but at the same time it is uplifting to see the animals in a good home now."

Animal Ark is open to the public from the beginning of April to the end of October. During the warmer season, the wildlife refuge welcomes visitors Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults, with reduced rates available for seniors and children. For more information, visit the ark's website.

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