I used to love to bring my kids here . Over the last few years this place has been on a steady decline . The animals look unhealthy , half of the cages are empty and the housekeeping is horrible .... Instead of yellow river being a animal safe haven it looks more like a prison of sick animals . It was in the low 90s today and there were numerous animals without a adequate water supply if any at all. Just a sad place .VIEW MORE »VIEW LESS »
I think something that people need to keep in mind when visiting YRGR is that the animals that live there are there because they were abandoned, abused, neglected or had other issues to start with.... YRGR takes these animals in and gives them a place to get healthy again. We love going and feeding then animals. Most of the deer will eat out of your hand, as well as some of the birds, squirrels and chipmunks. You can bring your own crackers, peanuts, carrots, and apples, or you can buy them there. This is to supplement their diet, not replace it.VIEW MORE »VIEW LESS »
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I used to love to bring my kids here . Over the last few years this place has been on a steady decline . The animals look unhealthy , half of the cages are empty and the housekeeping is horrible . Instead of yellow river being a animal safe haven it looks more like a prison of sick animals . It was in the low 90s today and there were numerous animals without a adequate water supply if any at all. Just a sad place .
I think something that people need to keep in mind when visiting YRGR is that the animals that live there are there because they were abandoned, abused, neglected or had other issues to start with. YRGR takes these animals in and gives them a place to get healthy again. We love going and feeding then animals. Most of the deer will eat out of your hand, as well as some of the birds, squirrels and chipmunks. You can bring your own crackers, peanuts, carrots, and apples, or you can buy them there. This is to supplement their diet, not replace it.
I have not been in many years, but all of the kids I have ever taken loved it. I understand the comments about the small cages for the larger animals, but I do not understand all of the comments about other guests mistreating the animals! Tell the owners for heavens sake!! They are more than willing to step in and defend the animals if needed. On my last visit, a little boy (whose mother was NOT supervising him at all- and let's be honest, that SHOULD be her job!) was chasing the rabbits. I immediately left and got one of the staff members that was walking the trail. She came in and put a stop to it right away and had him leave the area. She thanked me for stepping in and told me to come and get someone if I ever saw something like that there.
Going back to the game ranch as an adult was such a sad disappointment. The animals are taunted and hungry for actual nutrition. The enclosures are extremely small and filled with sick animals. The management is apathetic. They could do so much better but just dont. I suppose the animals that supply their income dont deserve even minimal care.
The animals are not that great looking. The deer look kind of sickly and they seem to have some skin conditions. We smelled the buffalo way before seeing anything. The petting zoo is not kept. They do not clean up after the animals which is not what I expected. We have visited other "rescue" type places like Dausset Trails which is awesome and Noah's Ark and they are able to keep things clean. I'm not sure why this operation is not able to maintain the facilities better. That being said, our kids loved it. We were disappointed that the animals didn't want to eat but it was a busy day so I guess that is to be expected. If you want a great feed the animals place and have some vacation time coming up check out Monkey jungle in FL.
This place is a outdoors real way of life for animals. The animals are just like they would be in the wild. they are not fat in the wild and kids love seeing them up close. If you are looking for a high end fancy park and not want to get down to nature... Stay away and don't discourage others. The bathrooms are as clean as expected when you are walking through the woods. As for the dead Christmas trees, since some of you don't know, help with erosion and give the animals refuge. We had a great time and the staff were very nice. City people that need to be pampered stay away and give us more room to enjoy. I will hope that Kudzu will post all reviews and not just negative ones.
We went to Yellow River Game ranch and my animal-loving kids were so excited. When we got there our first concern was the filthy bathroom that didn't have doors on them and no toilet paper. It only got worse when we saw the animals on display. The cages were small and filthy and the animals just lay there. There were piles of food that guests had thrown into cages just sitting there rotting. There is a place where the kids could pet rabbits and the rabbits look so ill and are terribly bony. I cannot understand why they are allowed to stay open and how animal control has not stepped in. Just awful and so sad.
We bought the Half Off Depot coupons and excitedly went here today but what a sad day it ended up being. My kids and I who love going to zoos were so disappointed to see these poor animals in miserable & delipated conditions. There were over a dozen buffalo in knee deep mud with not a blade of grass anywhere around. Kids were feeding them peanuts and crackers down a tube that fed to a huge pile of nasty rotting peanuts and crackers. The poor fox and coyote were in very small concrete and wire cages. The beautiful cougar in a concert & wire corn bin put my girls into tears. Then the last straw was the rabbits that you could pet but these poor rabbits were all skin and bones and just laid there. There were about a 100 dead Christmas trees piled all over the place which just added to overall look of decay and misery. The sidewalks were all broken and cracked and the walkways were horrible. We watched quite a few moms almost send their little ones flying out of the strollers when they hit the extreme bumps. To top things off there were no doors or locks on the restrooms and no toilet paper. Now they are treating their visitors the same way way they are treating these poor animals. This place should be shut and frankly I am not sure why the state of Georgia is allowing it to stay open. Save your time and money and support a place that actually respects the animals enough to take care of them properly as well as ensure safety for its visitor
Gorgeous weekend weather on tap and wanted to enjoy an outdoor activity with two grandsons. Decided to visit the Yellow River Game Ranch which was a mistake. Found out that there is a reason for the "NO REFUNDS" sign posted as you exit. I left wondering how much of the money they collect is actually spent on caring for the animals and fixing up the place?!! It is dilapidated and in great need of new living quarters for most of the animals. I found the visit to be a depressing and disappointing experience but admittedly my two young grandsons said they "sorta liked it." My advice: Visit a facility that cares about the well-being of animals and, in my opinion, this is not it.
Posted on Judysbook.com on: 8/7/2009
A burro bit my 6 y.o. daughter's hand today 8/6/2009 and the management didn't really seem too concerned. Thanks but no thanks.
This place is gross. Not nice AT ALL. My kids absolutely loved it though. :( My friend had to leave and wait for us in the car because she couldn't stand to look at those poor animals anymore. But, the kids loved it.
Like others have said, these animals are not being properly cared for. It was disturbing and disgusting. Overcrowding, unsanitary conditions, no access to clean water, inadequate housing. The animals are stressed and obviously unhappy. The people who work there are obviously miserable too. Go here if you are hankering to get depressed and/or angry. It's just the ticket.
This was the most disgusting place I ever visited. Injured animals everywhere walking in their own feces in broken down nasty cages. Not one enclosure had food in it. I guess they keep the animals starving so that they will beg for food. Six bears crowded into a concrete cell no bigger than my living room begging for grahm crackers and marshmellows. I actually contacted PETA as soon as I got home and I have never done that before. It was an outrage to see so many beautiful wild animals locked in filthy tiny cages. One that was really sad was a little sphere like cage with nothing in it but an owl who was trying to sleep in the middle of the day under a broken bucket. Pathetic.
It used to feel like a true walk in the woods here, but as the area has industrialized, the Game Ranch has declined in quality. I couldn't help but feel sorry for the animals. Young kids may enjoy it and like feeding the animals.
i've been back since i've grown and this place is sort of sad. the animals seem to be kept in poor condition. they are held in too small of an area. not kosher. things you don't really notice when you're young.