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Giraffe Ranch

  • 38650 Mickler Rd. Map It
  • Dade City
  • Farm/Ranch
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 07/06/2017

Fodor's Review

Rural Dade City is known mostly for its strawberries, but word is quickly spreading about something else that makes people flock here: giraffes. These graceful creatures are the headliners at this nearly 50-acre ranch. You can view them as part of a tour in a safari-style vehicle, on the back of a camel or flanked by a llama, or on a Segway; on any tour, you get to hand-feed them cabbage leaves. You'll also see tons of zebras, a pair of pygmy hippos, a giant porcupine, ostriches, and many other animal species roaming the grounds. Near the ranch's welcome center and gift shop is a corral of enclosures where you can watch guinea pigs chomp on sweet-potato chunks, hold a baby goat, (for a little extra cash) feed a flock of resident lemurs or bongo cattle, or watch a group of otters. You can also feed and help bathe a pair of rhinos. The ranch's proprietors have encyclopedic knowledge of the animal kingdom, and the overall experience is meant to impart a sense of connection to the animal world—and the environment—on those who visit. Tours take about two hours, and reservations are required. Credit cards are not accepted.

Sight Information

Address:

38650 Mickler Rd., Dade City, Florida, 33523, USA

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Phone:

813-482–3400

Sight Details:

  • $90 for tour in safari van; $180 for tour by camelback; $180 by Segway; $180 for a llama trek

Published 07/06/2017

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