THE FINE PRINT!
BEING A "CONSERVATION CENTER" YOUR VISIT IS GOVERNED BY CITY,
COUNTY, STATE, FEDERAL, INSURANCE AND IN-HOUSE RULES, REGULATIONS
AND PROTOCOLS AS FOLLOWS:
We are a "conservation center" not a "for public
entertainment zoo." To ensure YOUR experience is the best it can be,
sessions are limited to a maximum of twelve (12) people per session.
To ensure stress on the animals is kept at a minimum we offer only
one session per day, three to four days per week, especially with animals where stress
is detrimental, like the sloths, so sessions book up quickly and
seasonally, well into the future, so well-planned advance reservations are highly recommended.
RESERVATIONS: We use a time-elapse-sensitive automated reservations
and payment processor. If you do not receive our automated visitation emails,
check your spam folder.
Like and movie theater or other program, we have a strict schedule to keep, therefore all
encounters/tours start promptly on time.
We are a "conservation center" not a "for public
entertainment zoo," so our privately raised funding is spent on the
animals and not on lobbies, gift shops, cafes and other human
luxuries, so we ask that you please NOT arrive more than 10 minutes prior to
your tour or encounter start time as it clogs the circular
driveway and disrupts the tour/encounter ahead of yours. If
you are more than 10 minutes early, we highly recommend browsing
Buggy Amish Goods and Furniture Store across the street ;-)
PARK, in a
manner that keeps the
completely open for through traffic of staff and departing/arriving
guests. Please do not park on the grass.
STAY IN YOUR
CAR (there are free-ranging animals on the property)
BEEP HORN TWICE,
so we know you
someone comes to
NEVER LEAVE THE ASPHALT PARKING AREA WITHOUT A
CONDITIONS: read the terms & conditions under EACH
detailed encounter description below as they vary and it is YOUR
responsibility to be fully prepared upon arrival.
BASIC RULES THAT APPLY TO ALL VISITORS:
*Read each encounter for additional
rules/terms/conditions that apply to specific encounters.
1. Express legal
parent/guardian consent is required for all interactive programs/encounters. Children must
be accompanied by a paying parent/guardian and be kept under
strict parental control at all times. Children must be
exceptionally well-behaved. Where applicable, children
must meet the age, height and weight requirements set forth under each of
2. To avoid stress on the rare, delicate
and endangered species we keep, you and your children must be
calm and quiet.
3. All visitors must attend Safety Briefing and
all visitors must Acknowledge & Accept that they are entering
the encounter at their own risk and liability waiver expressly
given to ZWCC, The Sloth Center, it's owners/operators and
staff. ZWCC, The Sloth Center, and it's owners, operators
and staff, do not take any responsibility for any injuries that
may be received. First Aid will be given if required.
4. We are NOT a "for public entertainment" zoo.
We are an endangered and delicate species conservation center
and therefore "by tour only." There is no "general
admission." Meaning, visitors are NOT allowed to roam the
property on their own, in any way, shape, or form.
5. All visitors must agree to follow instructions
given by the guides and animal handlers at all times.
6. The facility reserves the right to refuse any
tour/encounter at any time, to anyone, without reason.
visitors will be escorted from the property without refund.
8. Visitors may be asked to cease the
tour/encounter at any time for whatever reason at the animal
9. No food or drink (with the exception of
bottled water) items are permitted during the tour/encounter.
For all day tours/programs, bringing a light snack or sack-lunch
is recommended and will be consumed in a designated area away
from most wild animals.
10. Any and all cuts, scratches and abrasions MUST
be covered. If you have an exposed cut, scratch, abrasion,
sore, wound or any other injury you will be denied direct access
to the primates.
11. For your protection, long sleeves, long pants and sturdy,
all-terrain, close-toed shoes are required for any and all
persons with any chance of close proximity with any of the
animals - toes are a PRIME TARGET for inquisitive
wildlife ~ especially well socialized ones! Nibbles, cuts,
scratches and abrasions are a fact of life when animals with
sharp nails and claws have a strong potential for touching or
climbing on you. We are sorry this is an inconvenience
during hot weather. If you start getting hot, we can
arrange a water-pistol session ;-)
12. No personal items or food are permitted
during the encounter with the exception of still photography cameras.
13. Daily interaction with the animals may vary.
All interaction will be initiated by the animals or their
handler, NOT by the visitors unless under the direct supervision
of the animal handler(s).
14. Visitors with allergies, cold, flu or other
illness/symptoms may not be permitted on the encounter.
15. This is a strict non-smoking facility - this
means anywhere on our grounds.
16. Guest animals/pets are not allowed on our
17. Guests will be required to step into a
bleach-water shoe bath at various points around the property.
PHOTOGRAPHS: If you are visiting us alone, we
have staff that will eagerly use your camera to take a few photos for you during your
PHOTOGRAPHY: Flash, still, photography is
allowed during your tour/encounter. It is your responsibility
to protect your own equipment.
VIDEO CAMERAS: are not permitted.
VISITING US: We are a working conservation
center and farm/ranch situated in the Pacific Northwest, there will
be wind, rain, snow, slush, mud and muck and all sorts of terrains
to be traversed - there will be poop on the grounds from
free-ranging animals - said free-ranging animals may be quite
persistent and pushy in their solicitation of attention. DRESS
APPROPRIATELY. As most wildlife species have a natural "musk,"
some quite pungent, there will be animal odors. We consider
all of the forgoing a part of the "experience" and you should be
fully prepared for, expect, and accept all of the foregoing with the
zest and zeal of a true animal lover ;-)
PERSONAL POSSESSIONS: Where there are very
inquisitive animals, there is the potential to have your things
"stolen," broken, destroyed, scratched, etc etc etc. If you
don't want to run the risk, lock items in your vehicle.
VEHICLES: You are welcome to park on our
grounds, by doing so you run the risk of having your vehicle pooped
on, jumped on, scratched, dented, and any number of things.
You park on our grounds at your own risk.
Disneyland or Portland Zoo, we are an "enclosed
car (not wandering our grounds) as our licenses and insurance do not
cover them under
Black Buggy Amish Store is across the street and a
real treat to browse through.
QUARANTINE FACILITY: guests are not allowed to bring
the premises -
this especially means no potty breaks on our grounds. Do think
about the weather before you leave your pet in your car.
CHANGES: Schedule days and times, rates/fees
and Terms and Conditions are subject to change at any time without