Curious Little Kid goes to Living Treasures “Wild” Animal Park

Curious Little Kid goes to Living Treasures “Wild” Animal Park

Last week, I took my son to visit Living Treasure Animal Park  (New Castle location). This unique zoo offers up close, interactive and educational experiences with over 400 animals of 70 different species. Attractions include a large petting area, food available to feed the animals, pony and camel rides, large gift shop, a playground, and picnic area.

Overall Appearance

Living Treasure far exceeded any and all expectations I had for the overall zoo cleanliness. Among the first thing I noticed was the well kept building structures and the cleanliness of the animals and their habitats. I actually had to look up when the zoo was built because I didn’t think it was anymore than a couple years old (it opened in 1992!).

The Animals

All the animals we encountered were well kept and friendly! While I thought a couple of their living quarters looked small, their website says that their animals are actually provided with double the space required by the Department of Agriculture. For anyone else who was wondering about the well-being of the animals Living Treasures states this:

  • All of our animals are provided with quality nutrition and health care programs and a clean facility

  • We provide our animals with more than double the space required by the Department of Agriculture

  • Our animals have a sanctuary available to them at all times. When they come to you it’s because they want to

  • We reserve the right to refuse admission or to dismiss from the park any person who, in our opinion, poses a threat to the well-being of our animals

  • Due to nutritional balance and animal safety laws, only food provided by Living Treasures Animal Park may enter the part to be fed to our animals

What makes Living Treasures so unique is the experiences you get with the animals. When you enter the zoo, there are carrots and feed available for purchase ($3.50 each). Feeding the animals gets them closer; you see life, movement and feel like you’ve interacted personally. Some animals (like the goats, horses, donkeys, llamas) you can feed by hand, while others can be fed through long tubes that go directly into their living quarters. Many animals are able to be petted and (for an additional cost) rides are available on the camel and pony.

Food (for people folk)

Don’t come hungry! In the gift shop, they offer some assorted frozen novelties but that’s about it.If you plan on eating there, pack a lunch and enjoy it in the picnic area.  I noticed some pamphlets on the wall near the exit that had coupons to nearby eateries and pizza places, but didn’t look into it.

Staff

All the staff were super friendly and helpful. In fact, I left my keys sitting on the ground (yikes) near one of the exhibits and a staff member kindly saw it and returned them to me. There were plenty of staff around to answer questions and provide information. I also noticed many staff diligently working on upkeep; cleaning stalls, doing carpentry work, checking on animals… it must be how they keep the area so nice!

Hours

April 1st through mid November → Open Daily from 10:00am to 6:00pm

Check back for special hours and dates for “October at the Zoo”

Cost

(Updated July 2013)

Admission:

Adults 12 and over: $12.99

Children 3-11: $7.99

Children 2 and under: FREE

Seniors 62 and Over: $9.99

Season passes available for $29.99 for adults and $24.99 for children

Feed (optional):

A bag of baby carrots $3.50

A buckets of feed pellets $3.50

Alligator Food: $0.50

Bird Food: $0.25

Miscellaneous Animal Food: $0.50

Additional Costs (optional):

Camel Ride: $6.00

Pony Ride: $3.00

Picture with baby kangaroo: $6.00

Living Treasures “Wild” Animal Park Locations:

Moraine Location (New Castle)

269 Fox Road

New Castle, PA 16101

(724)924-9571

Donegal Location

288 Route 711

Jones Mills, PA 15646

(724)593-8300

Pictures From Our Trip

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My Personal Favorite: “MOM he’s EATING my shirt!!” HAHAHA

hes eating my shirt

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4 comments

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  2. Joanne August 25, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    The Donegal Living Treasures is not as nice as this one. Animals don’t look well tended and look dirty. The enclosures especially for the big cats were small. Little foliage, trees…shade. Kind of muddy everywhere. Grandson liked it, but he is 4 years old. Kind of depressing. My daughter visited the New Castle facility and said it was better. Still not to Pittsburgh zoo standards, but better than Donagal.

    • Sara August 25, 2013 at 7:32 pm

      Joanne, I’ve only visited the New Castle location and have heard it’s the nicer of the two. It’s certainly a more intimate experience than the zoo, but you’re right… the enclosures seemed a little small. In fact, I had to do a little research after visiting. Their website states: “We provide our animals with more than double the space required by the Department of Agriculture. Our animals have a sanctuary available to them at all times. When they come to you it’s because they want to.”

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