Admission: Adult (13+) $12 Children (3-12) $10 Children 2 & under FREE Seniors (65+) $10 Military & 911 personnel free with ID Season passes available
My husband and I visited Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch on a Sunday morning with our boys, ages 2 and 5. There were quite a few people who had the same idea to get there early to avoid being outside in the heat before it became too unbearable. We purchased two bags of feed for the animals and reserved a time for the Safari Tram ride.
We enjoyed feeding the camels, donkeys & various farm animals at the petting zoo area. There was an employee giving a presentation on kangaroos - which interested my five year old - but was a little too much to keep the two year old's attention. When we approached the petting zoo area, one of the employees escorted us into the corral. The animals were VERY excited to see us and it definitely made quite a few of the kids in the area a bit nervous. The goats especially love visitors with feed bags, so my husband finished off our bags of feed so we wouldn't be too bothered.
Once we were able to view and observe the different animals available (just a handful outside of the petting zoo animals), we headed for the tram. We wished someone would have let us know to purchase additional feed bags or save some feed for the tram!
The Safari Tram ride is worth the price of admission. Under the covered tram, which is pulled by a tractor, the side gates enclose the passengers and allow them to safely observe the animals at the ranch. There are three different areas the tram takes you through to observe and get very close to different animals.
The first stop was to see the zebras, horses and donkeys. The tram is parked and they come right up to the tram! The employee leading the tour encouraged everyone to drop some food into the buckets attached to the tram to please the animals. The second stop was to see various farm animals (emu, llama, wild pigs, cows, deer) and the final stop was to see the camels. My boys absolutely loved the tram experience!
Without the tram experience, my boys would not have been very interested in Sharkarosa. This is probably most suitable for elementary aged kids. There are animal presentations throughout the day, but at 2 and 5 they are a little too young to sit and appreciate that right now. The actual area where patrons walk around is dirt/gravel and likely not stroller friendly. There are no bathrooms available, just porta-potties, which is sometimes difficult to do with toddlers and young kids. There are covered picnic tables to bring a lunch or you can also visit the Bear Den Cafe for lunch from 11:00am-4:00pm.