Lake Tobias Wildlife Park
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Lake Tobias was founded in 1965 and is still owned and run by the same family. The admission is very affordable. The park is only open May through October with various hours so check the times before visiting.
The most intriguing thing about this wildlife park is the safari ride which takes you across about 150 acres. The place took used school buses and cut the roofs off. The customized them very nicely into these open-air type safari buses. The way they designed them enables everyone, especially little children, to get up close and personal with the animals. You can purchase ears of corn and crackers to feed the animals when you stop at particular herds. It’s great. They come right up to the bus looking for handouts.
The various types of animals you meet along the safari include: Aoudad Sheep, Buffalo, Elk, Emu, Fallow Deer, Llama, Red Deer, Rhea, Scottish Highland Cattle, Sika Deer, Texas Longhorn, Water Buffalo, Watusi, Whitetail Deer, Yak, and Zedonk.
After you enjoy the safari, take a leisurely walk around the center to the various other zoo exhibits available, both native and exotic. They have lions, tigers, alligators, zebras, bears, monkeys, kangaroos, wallabies and other types of animals.
They have a petting zoo with cute little African pygmy goats, a fawn deer, camels and Llamas to feed. You can spend about half and hour just playing with the all the animals. The only restriction is that children under 8 must be with an adult.
The have a reptile building which holds an educational show on the various snakes, reptiles and Macaws they have. They have a two-toed sloth on display which was really neat. The kids even get to pet the park’s albino python after the show.
The park has a very nice concession stand which provides an array of food items. They even offer authentic buffalo burgers. If you like, you can pack a picnic lunch for the family and sit at the numerous picnic tables and pavilions available.
Well I hope this information is helpful and has you interested in adding this to your to-do list if you are ever in the Pennsylvania area. I highly recommend it as a very nice family trip. Happy traveling. Enjoy the photos.