A Wild Day North of Las Vegas

Every year, Bee & I spend a few weeks in Las Vegas, Nevada with dear friends. While visiting them on our Big Adventure last spring, they invited us to join in one of their favorite children’s spots, Roos-N-More Zoo!

An hour north of Las Vegas, Roos-N-More is a nationally accredited zoo that offers education and interaction with over 160 animals. It is available for private group tours (such as schools & scouting troops) as well as birthday party rentals. On various days throughout the year they are open to the public. At each of their events, both public & private, attendees have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with the animals. This includes petting some, feeding others, and taking pictures with many of them.

What kinds of animals can be found at Roos-N-More? A few of the varieties you’ll find are camels, zebras, toucans, otters, lemurs, boa constrictors, armadillos, and of course kangaroos!

Luckily we just happened to be in town for their 2nd Annual Animal Enrichment Day! In addition to their regular public days, they had informative presentations, face painting, games, raffles, and a food truck to keep the humans satisfied.

There was so much to see it was a bit overwhelming at first. Of course, Bee headed straight for the camel. She was a little shy to sit on him (or was it a her!?!) but still enjoyed petting it. One of our friends was kind enough to stand in the line for the capuchin monkey which was a hit with the kids (especially when it would climb on their shoulders and head). Another hit was the goat’s pen where the girls could run in circles after them petting each one.

I can’t believe that for us showing up early (which mind you, we are not morning people), that we still weren’t able to see all of the animals there in time. Around noonish the sun became unbearable and we were very thankful for the food truck that offered items such as burgers, tacos, hot dogs, churros, and humongous sno-cones!

In the end, the girls had a blast and I would definitely recommend a trip out that way if you are in the Las Vegas area!

Location: Roos-N-More
746 Snowden Ranch Road
Moapa Town, NV 89025
Phone: 702-467-3585
Website: http://www.roosnmore.org/
Hours: Day/Times vary as they are only publicly open a couple days a month. Check their event calendar for more information.
Cost: $10 general admission; 2 & Under FREE

Notes:

  • Do bring cash! While they are capable of taking debit/credit for entrance, their “gift shop” does not.
  • Don’t drive your nice cars. There’s a bit of off-roading on dirt roads to get to the Zoo. Don’t even attempt lowered cars.
  • Do take sunscreen and hats. I know this is par for the course in Vegas, I just thought I’d throw in a reminder.
  • Don’t go on windy days. Being the desert, just a little bit of wind equals a fair amount of dust clouds in the air.
  • Do get there as early as possible. As the day wears on into the afternoon it can get pretty darned hot.
  • Don’t bring pets or outside food!

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