Aloha Safari Zoo
If you have a love for animals and are looking for something fun and exciting to do in the Fayetteville area then the Aloha Safari Zoo is a great place to visit. The zoo is located in Cameron which is about 35 minutes from the heart of Fayetteville. Once you get there you will see that the drive is definitely worth it.
The Zoo was made and owned by Lee Crutchfield and his family. They have taken upon themselves to build a habitat and sanctuary to about 400 hundred different animals of various species, many of which are exotic to include, tigers, a bear, a giraffe, and even a zorse. These animals are rescue animals that have somehow found their way to the sanctuary. Some are simply animals that people tried to keep as pets, just to realize that taking care of an exotic animal is more work than they were prepared for. Others were rescued from hunting expeditions. One of the most endearing things I noticed when I was there is how the people who work so diligently really do care for these animals. On the safari ride that is inside the zoo there is a tour guide who called out many of the animals by name and told us stories of how the animals came to be in their possession. To me it was heartwarming to know that they actually know their animals.
The zoo as a whole is set up in a very up close and personal way. There is a petting area where you can get hands on experience with horses, donkeys, goats, cows and camels. Also even on the Safari Ride you feel like you are part of the action. The workers bring along loaves and loaves of bread that they hand out so that you can feed the animals. They definitely know that when the ride comes around they are getting a treat because they come right up to the fence to wait. Also you can’t forget the Giraffe that you have the chance to feed right out of the palm of your hand!
The overall experience at the zoo is great for the whole family to enjoy and is also very affordable. Admission is only 5 dollars and it is only 3 dollars more to take the safari ride to see the rest of the animals. They are open Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm. Go and spend the day with the lovely animals and people at the Aloha Safari Zoo. You will not soon forget the experience!
For more information and other details visit their website at http://alohasafarizoo.org/ .