Nevada May 27, 2018
10 Once-In-A-Lifetime Animal Encounters You Can Have Right Here In Nevada
Nevada is a pretty great place to be if your’re an animal lover. Not only are we home to several amazing zoos and animal sanctuaries, but there are endless opportunities to observe wildlife in their natural environments. Liven up your summer by putting a few of these one-of-a-kind animal encounters on your to-do list. Nothing compares to seeing wildlife up close like this, and you’re bound to create some memories that will last a lifetime. Many of the items on this list contain a link to our full article about the attraction, so be sure to click through for more information.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Sierra Safari Zoo
Opened in 1989, Sierra Safari Zoo is considered the largest zoo in the entire state. This magnificent zoo is located north of Reno and contains 50 different animal species which you can observe up-close and personal. It's evident that this non-profit organization cares deeply about taking care of these wonderful animals and the zoo provides a unique opportunity for guests who'd like to truly get to know them. You can read more in our full article
2. Lion Habitat Ranch
Located in Henderson is a one-of-a-kind animal sanctuary that often goes unnoticed. The Lion Habitat Ranch is a true hidden gem and you'll definitely want to visit. The sanctuary is home to more than 40 animals including mostly lions and one giraffe. They provide "behind the scenes" tours in which guests can learn all about what it takes to care for these majestic creatures. For more information, check out our full article
3. Safe Haven Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in Imlay is a 160-acre sanctuary that offers both permanent housing and rehab/release programs for wild animals that have been orphaned or injured. You'll find a variety of animal species being cared for here including bobcats, cougars, tigers, lions, foxes, and more. Daily tours are offered of the sanctuary's facilities and give a unique insight into animal rehabilitation. You'll find it at NV-400, Imlay, NV 89418.
4. SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium
SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium is located at the Boulevard Mall in Las Vegas and it's unlike any other aquarium you've experienced before. Here you can interact with all kinds of aquatic species like tortoises, jellyfish, sharks, and more. Observe the multitudes of amazing exhibits they offer or participate in their famous snorkeling with stingrays attraction. For more information, see our full article
5. Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge
Tucked away in the northeastern section of Nevada is a massive 573,504-acre wildlife refuge. The high desert habitat is home to antelope, bighorn sheep, mule deer, sage grouse, and a lot more. The refuge is an ideal adventure for those who like to explore Nevada's most remote regions. In this vast landscape you'll find all sorts of treasures including waterfalls, springs, gorges, hills, and more.
6. Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Located within the Amargosa Valley is a hidden oasis known as Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is home to more than 30 species of plants and animals, including
the world's rarest fish
. Yep, that's right. This place is truly a one-of-a-kind animal encounter that you can only have in Nevada. Read all about it in our full article
7. Animal Ark
Located north of Reno is another sanctuary for abandoned, injured, and other non-releasable wildlife. The sanctuary is comprised of 38 acres of large exhibits in which you can view a variety of animal species. They also provide educational programs for visitors such as Wolf Howl Night and more. Visit our full article
8. The Virginia Range's Wild Horses
The Virginia Range can be found in northwest Nevada and is considered to be the absolute best place to view wild horses. The herd of horses found in this region are commonly referred to as "Annie's Horses" after Reno resident Velma Johnston and viewing them should be on every Nevadan's bucket list. For more information, take a look at our full article
9. Bonnie Springs Ranch Petting Zoo
Bonnie Springs Ranch is located near Las Vegas and contains a multitude of unique attractions like an Old West Town, motel, horseback riding, and even a petting zoo. The zoo is open seven days a week and provides visitors with a hands-on and educational experience. Here you can find animal species both native and foreign to Nevada. You'll find it located at 16395 Bonnie Springs Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89124.
10. Flamingo Habitat
Located inside of the Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas is a 15-acre tropical rainforest habitat that is home to an exhibit of flamingo birds. Visitors can watch live feedings of the birds twice a day and observe the other exotic bird species that are found within the habitat. For more information, check out our full article
How many of these unique animal encounters have you accomplished? Nevada is full of amazing summertime experiences. Check out these
16 Things To Do In Nevada This Summer for more!