Troubadourable folk buddies Simon and Garfunkel once sang that "it's all happening at the zoo," before retiring from music to live out their days serenely basking in the reptile habitat. Get happening with today's Groupon. For $14, you get a family four pack, including admission for four people and four packs of feeding treats, at Safari's Interactive Animal Sanctuary (up to a $28 value for four adults), located in Broken Arrow.
Since its founding in 2005, the 12-acre park has taken in more than 200 active animals from private owners and zoos with limited vacancy. The grounds permeate an aura of familiar and familial care, as all staffers lend their time and knowledge on a volunteer basis. During a single safari jaunt, guests can get acquainted with a range of amphibians, birds, mammals, and reptiles—specific beasts include kangaroos, marmosets, and Amazon parrots. A select group of creatures are also available for high hoof-fiving and fur comparing at the petting zoo. Likewise, because today's Groupon includes four feeding treat packs, all attending guests can shower their most beloved little friends with sweet, sweet non-candycane sustenance.
With such up-close access to the animals, visitors to Safari's Interactive Animal Sanctuary may be reminded of both the inherent beauty and the potential brutality of nature, as evidenced by a tragic 2008 incident at the sanctuary involving a volunteer. While such incidents are extremely rare, guests are reminded to abide by park rules during their visit for the safety of themselves as well as the safety of the animals. Safari's Interactive Animal Sanctuary is fully licensed as an exhibitor through the United States Department of Agriculture.
Safari's Interactive Animal Sanctuary received a 4.5-star average rating from Yahoo! Travelers:
- The animals were well taken care of and fed well (some even being a little pudgy). The cages were clean and for being a donation only facility I would say more than acceptable. – larry
- We got a hands on tour, fed big cats, they all came to see us -like WE were on display! Then we fed an alligator. Then she brought out a lemur, a skunk, we played with huge turtles, fed monkeys, played with a kangaroo, pet a zebra..... absolutely amazing! – A Yahoo! Contributor