Tregembo Animal Park

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5811 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington, NC, USA
Tregembo Animal Park - wee, wee, wee, all the way home...
Tregembo Animal Park - A tail of the lemurs?
Tregembo Animal Park - Here you can see the typical signage for each animal - actually very well done.
Tregembo Animal Park - I'm not lion...this is the entrance!

Tregembo Animal Park Wilmington Reviews

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Tregembo Animal Park Nov 07, 2009
Needed a break from unpacking this afternoon, so I fulfilled a promise to my daughter to drop in at Tregembo Animal Park, touted as North Carolina’s oldest zoo and only about a mile from our new homestead. What is amusing about this place is the entrance - a huge, gaudy lion’s head with jaws agape. Fortunately this is very noticeable, because I’ve been relying on that guy to alert me where to turn off the main road and get home!

Coincidentally, the park was started by a guy from Maine (where our daughter was born) and has remained a family affair for over fifty years now. The park is very well maintained and the animals appear well cared for – somewhat an exception for this type of attraction. They actually have an impressive variety of critters, each documented by a placard giving some background on habitat and where their native stomping grounds are on the globe.

They sell bags of corn or peanuts for $1 at the entrance, and each pen also indicates whether the animal can enjoy one, both or neither of these treats. There is also a small building displaying a bunch of odd curios (masks, and a bunch of stuff you’d expect to see in one of those Ripley’s Believe-It-Or-Not places). A bit bizarre, but added to the charm of this unusual destination. The entrance is also a substantial gift shop, though I’m not much of a shopper so I can’t say how good/bad the wares they offer are.

Admission was $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (55+) and $6 for kids under 12. Recommended if you are in the area and have children who enjoy animals!
A tail of the lemurs?
Here you can see the typical signa…
wee, wee, wee, all the way home...
I'm not lion...this is the entranc…
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I_heart_my_dog says:
If you love animals then this is the place to go. They sell animal feed at the entrance and you are allowed to feed everything from goats and horses to monkey and bears. There was even a young lady that worked and was walking around with a baby monkey. When we where at the tiger area the white came right up to the fence when the lady called it. We also stayed to watch the keepers feed the monkeys. Some of the monkeys did tricks such as clapping their hands and giving high fives. I can tell that the the animals really like the keepers and vice versa. The grounds where clean and all the animals looked really healthy. The next time we go I want to stay for the cat and bear feeding.
Posted on: May 01, 2008
vances says:
dang, I thought I was closest, lol! I'm only a mile away (in Beau Rivage), but not that close. You may wanna check out Moonvera's blogs, she's a Wilmington TravBuddy too. Welcome to a great site and thnx for the smile. :)

Posted on: Sep 21, 2007
Bubblesmeowster says:
I love the zoo too! I live really close to it and I can hear the lion roar sometimes in my backyard!
Posted on: Sep 21, 2007
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