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Guide to Unique Animal Parks in WA

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Headed out of town and want to take in a little nature? Here are some interesting and unique animal parks where you and your kids can see animals up close that you might not see anywhere else.

Outback Kangaroo Farm
Wednesdays – Sundays
10030 State Route 530 NE
Arlington, Washington 98223
360.403.7474
http://www.OutbackKangarooFarm.com

“People just love our tours,” says Ray Strom, host at the farm. He and wife Joey enjoy leading about four scheduled tours a day, more when they fulfill a request for a private tour. You’ll be able to get up close, feed and pet your favorite animals. See Ring-Tailed Lemurs, wallabies, emus, wallaroos, Red Kangaroos, llamas, and many more! Tours are Wednesdays through Sundays at 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm and 4:00pm. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for children. Cash or check only. Call or go online for more information.

Wolf Haven International
3111 Offut Lake Rd SE
Tenino, WA 98589
360.264.HOWL
http://www.WolfHaven.org

Wolf Haven International, one of the largest wolf sanctuaries of its type in North America, is located on 82 acres in Thurston County, WA. Over the past 30 years, Wolf Haven International has rescued 170 captive-born wolves and provided them with lifetime sanctuary. There are guided walking tours of the wolf sanctuary 6 days a week during spring and summer (they are closed on Tuesdays). During fall and winter, tours are offered only on weekends. Wolf Haven is closed the entire month of February. Adults/$12; Senior (62+)/Student/Military/$10; Children/$7; Three & under/Free. Go online for more information.

Olympic Game Farm
1423 Ward Road
Sequim, WA 98382
360.683.4295
http://www.olygamefarm.com

Olympic Game Farm worked exclusively for Walt Disney Studios for 28 years, filming here at the farm and on the Olympic Peninsula, as well as on many different set locations. A few popular titles produced with our past animal actors, are “Charlie the Lonesome Cougar”, “The Incredible Journey”, “White Wilderness” and “Grizzly Adams” television and movie series. In 1972, with the approval of the Disney Studios, Olympic Game Farm, Inc. was opened to the public. Along with a driving tour through the grounds, you can try a new “Mini Tour”, which now includes the petting farm, freshwater aquarium, a guided tour through the farm’s education area, and historical studio barn. Rates start at $12/Adult, and kids 5 and under are FREE. Call or go online for details.

Cat Tales Zoological Park
17020 Newport Hwy
Mead, WA 99201
509.238.4126
http://www.cattales.org

Make an unforgettable visit to Cat Tales Zoological Park! Experience a rare oportunity to get up close and personal with some of nature’s most magnificent animals. The animals at Cat Tales Zoological Park have come to live here from a number of different places. Some of the felines were born at the zoo, some were placed from other facilities around the country, and others arrived as animal rescues who have found health and peace in their new home at Cat Tales. Want to get read close? Kids ages 8 and up can make arrangements to hand feed one of the big cats! Adults/$8.00; Seniors and students/$6.00; Kids (12 & under) $5.00. Go online for more details.

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