There are many different types of animal attractions located throughout Nevada, whether they be zoos, sanctuaries, habitats or aquariums. If you’re an animal lover, you’ll DEFINITELY want to check out the 8 Nevada animal attractions I’ve listed below.
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. Lion Habitat Ranch - Henderson, NV
Since 1989, Lion Habitat Ranch has cared for exotic animals, and in December 2012, the ranch was opened to the general public.
Lion Habitat Ranch is the home of the lions that were previously at MGM Lion Habitat. If you visit Lion Habitat Ranch, you'll have the rare opportunity to feed a giraffe and a lion. This wonderful ranch also offers tours. Keep in mind that many of these activities have a fee attached to them, but the experience(s) you'll have will DEFINITELY be worth it! Lion Habitat Ranch is located at 382 Bruner Ave, Henderson, NV 89044. Hours: Fri-Mon 10:00am-2:00pm
2. Sierra Safari Zoo - Reno, NV
Though small, Sierra Safari Zoo is the largest zoo in Nevada, with over 200 animals such as sloths, leopards, camels, zebras, etc. Six different types of monkeys and eight different types of wild cats are also at this zoo. Sierra Safari Zoo operates daily with the help of many generous volunteers. Sierra Safari Zoo is located at 10200 North Virginia St, Reno, NV 89506. Hours: 10:00am-5:00pm / Open every day from April 1st to October 31st.
3. Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas, NV
At this wonderful wildlife habitat, visitors will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with pink flamingos, exotic ducks, swans, koi fish, turtles, etc. Because of the abundance of trees, waterfalls and streams featured at this habitat, you'll feel like you're in paradise and will never want to leave. The Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo is located at Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino - 3555 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109. Hours: 8:00am-8:00pm EVERY DAY
4. Safe Haven Rescue Zoo - Imlay, NV
Founded in 2000, Safe Haven Rescue Zoo provides rehabilitative services and permanent placement for wildlife in need. In addition to providing a wonderful zoo to the general public, Safe Haven Rescue Zoo also conducts tours and offers on-site and off-site educational programs by appointment only. Safe Haven Rescue Zoo is located at 9605 State Route 400, Imlay, NV 89418. Hours: Open every day during daylight hours.
5. Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary - Las Vegas, NV
Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary was established in 1970 and offers a safe haven for animals of all different types. At Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary, you'll find hundreds of birds ranging from household parakeets to exotic parrots. Other animals at this sanctuary include pigs, turtles, rabbits, miniature horses, etc. Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary is located at 8103 Racel St, Las Vegas, NV 89131. Hours: Thurs-Mon 9:00am-4:00pm
6. Roos-N-More Zoo - Moapa Town, NV
Roos-N-More Zoo is a privately owned non-profit zoo operated by veterinarians Dr. Valerie and Jay Holt and their family. Its focus is a hands-on experience with a variety of exotic animals, which include kangaroos, otters, lemurs, etc. Kids absolutely LOVE this zoo! Roos-N-More Zoo is located at 746 Snowden Ranch Rd, Moapa Town, NV 89025. This unique zoo is only open for private tours and off-site events or parties.
7. Animal Ark - Reno, NV
Animal Ark provides permanent care to animals that can't be released back into the wild such as cheetahs, wolves, bears, birds, etc. At Animal Ark, visitors will thoroughly enjoy getting to watch animal feedings. Visitors can also bring their lunch and enjoy a picnic in the large picnic area. Animal Ark is located at 1265 Deerlodge Rd, Reno, NV 89508. Hours: Tues-Sun 10:00am-4:30pm
8. Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino - Las Vegas, NV
The Shark Reef Aquarium is a public aquarium located at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. The main tank is 1.3 million gallons - one of the largest in North America. In addition to the main tank, the Touch Pool is also a popular attraction. Visitors will have the opportunity to touch a collection of sharks, rays or horseshoe crabs. There are more than 2,000 animals at the Shark Reef Aquarium, with over 100 different species. The Shark Reef Aquarium is located at 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119. Summer Hours: 10:00am-10:00pm EVERY DAY
What other animal attractions in Nevada would you recommend visiting? Let us know in the comments below!