Welcome to the Big Joel's Safari Petting Zoo and Educational Park Official Webpage!
Big Joel's Safari is closed for the 2015 Season
November 27th- Big Joel's Winter Wonderland begins Nov. 27th and is every Friday, Saturday, & Sunday from 3-8pm until Dec. 20th
Come see the Lights & Decorations, our winter animal display, Holiday Shop with home made crafts and gifts. There will be lots of animals to see and feed!
Admission is $6.00 per person or $5.00 if you bring a non-perishable canned good for our 3rd Annual Food Drive! All donated food items go to local families in the area, so you can bring more than one as it all goes towards a good cause!
(Please note that only certain portions of Big Joel's Safari are open to the public at this time & not all animals are on display because of winter weather & being open mainly during the night time)
Educational Tiger Encounters continue from now until November 28th here at our location by reservation only (more information below).
Come and see all types of animals from mild to wild. You can touch and feed many of our animal residents, and view the rest up close. Some of the animals you'll see include majestic bison, watusi cattle, zebu, aoudads, camels, zebras, llamas, african porcupines, ostriches, emus, parrots, reptiles, and a variety of deer, elk, and antelope as well as other farm animals. Big Joel's Safari now cares for well over 60 different animal species, both big and small! The great thing about Big Joel’s Safari is that you never know what you’ll see or learn on your next visit as there are always new-born animals, new species, exhibits, and things to do. Besides visiting with the local animal residents at the park, you can relax on our picnic benches under the pavilion, enjoy the scenery, shop or grab a snack in our gift shop.
This is a family-oriented and educational experience you won't soon forget. So come on over for a change of pace away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Come and see what thousands of visitors are talking about. This is not your typical petting zoo and It's sure to be worth the trip, as we aim to make your experience a great one and the animals love the attention, too!
Hope to see you then, Big Joel and MiMi
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It is $35.00 per person with a minimum of 6 people & maximum of 10 people for a private encounter. Reservations must be paid in full to reserve a spot. Now it is possible to be grouped with other small groups to meet the 6 person minimum per encounter. If you have less than 6 people, but want your own private encounter you can pay the group minimum of 6 people.
To reserve your tiger encounter today or answer any questions the tiger encounters please call: 618-406-3342 from 9-5pm.
Please note that only certain areas of the park are open and not all animals are on display at this time