Saturday, March 13, 2021

Animal Ark- A wildlife Sanctuary with Beautiful Animals and Beautiful Grounds

1265 Deerlodge Rd, Reno, NV 89508

-The Ark has limited hours during winter and opens fully in April–October. 
Call to double-check before making a trip out.


As of 4.2021

• $14.00 for adults
• $12.00 for seniors (62+)
• $9.00 for children (3-12)
• Free for children ages 2 and under

Animal ark is a 38-acre-wildlife sanctuary that shelter animals that may be disadvantaged, disabled, orphaned, or unwanted.  The sanctuary can be found about 30 minutes north from downtown Reno in the beautiful foothills of Red Rock, NV.  

The animals are given plenty of space and, with great care from workers/volunteers, can live their lives in a nice and safe environment surrounded by love.  

During every visit, I came across knowledgeable workers/volunteers that were eager to educate and witnessed their great relationships with the animals.

The ark is active in providing resources and an environment for the community to learn about wildlife, including educational videos and field trip opportunities.

The Ark hosts special events throughout the year that are enjoyed by many, including: the Stampede Mile-Marathon, Cheetah Run, pumpkin treat giving during fall, summer camp for kids, holiday events, and breakfast buffets.

Animal Ark is on my list of top ten places that help make Reno the "Biggest Little City."  I am thankful for their efforts in helping animals, educating the community, & providing beautiful grounds and events for a good time. 

When to Visit
-During summer it can get hot. Visit early morning to beat the heat and see the animals at the most active time of the day.  Animals like to take shelter and sleep during hot parts of the day. 
-you can witness feedings in the morning. Call for schedule. 
-If visiting in the summer, a water bottle, hat and sunscreen is a must
-sometimes you can see baby animals in spring. call to check for details
-on occasion, they have a food truck parked out front (special events and summer)
-The Ark has limited hours during winter and opens fully April–October. Call to double-check before making a trip out

-don't forget to check the weather ahead of time so you can dress accordingly. It can get windy and cold
-pathways can get muddy when wet so don't forget to wear proper footwear

-They are taking the necessary steps to ensure the safety of their visitors: one-way flow of traffic, social distancing in lobby, mask-wearing, and enforcement

-I always sign up as a member as I am able to visit the Ark with my family year-round, see & support the animals, and get some exercise and fresh air. 
-You can become a member, adopt an animal, and/or make donations to help with costs to care for and feed the animals. 

-love animals? Want to gain experience for a career working with them? Want to help out the community?  The Ark is a great environment for volunteer opportunities

-They have a nice and open place with more of a natural setting as opposed to a traditional zoo
-about one mile of walkways
-the path leading up to their parking lot is made of dirt
-there's one section with a little hill
-Interpretive signs
-Beautiful grounds with lots of plants to look at
-they have a nice playground next to their parking lot with picnic tables nearby

-they have docents throughout the day if you have any questions about the animals
-animals include but not limited to: bears, wolves, owls, turtles, raccoons, cheetahs, birds of prey.  Check out the Ark website for their stories. 

Getting Around
-before the pandemic, they offered golf carts for those who need more help getting around.  Please call to check for availability
-a jogging stroller does great on their paths

-They have a nice gift shop that has jewelry, clothes, toys, books, various souvenirs, and snacks and drinks.

-no pets allowed. service animals welcome

Categorized Under "Outdoor Attractions" and "Museums & Zoos"

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