Bailiwick Animal Park

Bailiwick Animal Park, Catskill: Hours, Address, Bailiwick Animal Park Reviews: 3.5/5

Bailiwick Animal Park
3.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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chofetzchaim
17 contributions
Sep 2021
The cost of admission is about $15-16 for adults. This is WAY too much money for a VERY small collection of animals, multiple exhibits that were under construction with no animals at all and animals that were advertised (e.g. tigers, lemurs, bears) missing completely. The duck pond (when you first come in) is completely brown and the grass (and even the picnic table!!) full of droppings making it hard to walk around comfortably. The place was buggy and the road driving up full of bumps. The bathrooms were clean (at least). The whole thing took less than 20 minutes!
Written 26 September 2021
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newali
4 contributions
Aug 2021
This is a review of just the trail riding. We did this as a family, with kids. Website said it welcomes beginners.

When went there, no questions were asked about experience level, which I found odd.

The guide and she seemed like she was out of it, or maybe didn't want to be there.

It became clear there would only be one guide for a pretty large party.

When we started, that is when the disaster started. First, a few of horses would not move. There was no assistance, just the guide screaming "kick the horse - kick it harder!" Eventually guide came over to try to help.

Then one of the horse tried to bite another horse probably for getting too close, which was very scare, someone could have easily gotten hurt.

Horses would wander off trail and if you were very behind, the guide would keep watching, had to call her over many times.

All and all, one of the worst trail riding experience.

However, once the ride started going, it was nice and relaxing, thus the extra star.

To the establishment, you really need better trained guide or at least two per ride.

To others, unless you have horseback riding experience, avoid.
Written 1 September 2021
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hendiggy619
1 contribution
Aug 2020 • Family
We went for the horseback riding. Horses looked well cared for and family enjoyed....The "zoo" was a whole other story. We thought it was a petting zoo. Once inside we were surprised by the array of reptiles, farm animals, and exotic animals. Be warned that I saw 2 rats-1 inside the rooster enclosure and 1 next to the rooster enclosre, outside near where we were walking, that scurried under an animal enclosure. In my opinion this is like the Northern version of Tiger King but with all types of exotic animals. I echo the sentiments of the other negative reviews. Not one employee in entire zoo to ensure patron or animal safety or teach kids about animals. Chain linked fenced enclosures for large exotic animals who looked miserable and hot. Many animals were without companionship. Zoo has signs saying water replaced every 2 hours, yet in the time we were there did not witness one employee replacing water for any animals. Many of the animals pictured in the reviews are no longer there. Not sure who is writing these positive reviews but felt like an unsuspecting tourist who had been taken advantage of. Would not have supported this type of facility. Was very sad and disturbed leaving there. Other more ethical options to go horseback riding nearby that we will support.
Written 3 August 2020
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Beth B
Prattsville, NY6 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Once you pay and walk out to the animals, you will not see a single park employee monitoring the visitors or animals. Considering how easily a child could climb over the first wooden fence to the bear “habitat”, you’d think they’d have someone enforcing the “do not climb fence” signs. It would take just minutes for a determined tiger to escape their fencing, and while they’re absolutely beautiful to see, their enclosure is by no means safe for visitors. It’s sad to see such exotic animals confined in such small spaces.
One Alpaca had such a horrible infection that puss was leaking from its eyes and nose. I’m not a vet, but I’m almost positive that Alpaca should be on antibiotics and separated from the rest, as infections such as that can be contagious. One of the pigs had a really bad limp, and there was no mud in their pen for them to cool off in the 90 degree weather. There were signs up stating the animal’s water was refilled every two hours, but the entire time we were there not a single animal received fresh water. The amount of animals that have died since our last visit a few years ago, is absolutely shocking.
We thought it’d be a fun day for the kids, but by the time we left both of them were just sad.
This will definitely be our last visit to this animal “park”.
Written 25 July 2020
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Go537284
4 contributions
Oct 2019
We took our three granddaughters, 11, 11 and 7, for the first time and we all enjoyed it very much. The kids loved feeding some of the animals while admiring the others. The tigers and the bears were my favorites while the girls especially liked the camel and the deer. The animals all looked healthy and well cared for. It’s not a big place but it was good for an hour or two.
Written 20 October 2019
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Marianna
Windham, NY13 contributions
Oct 2019
It was a rainy, damp fall day when we arrived at Bailiwick Animal Park. My down state family and I wanted to see the Bengal tigers I've heard so much about. These gorgeous creatures were raised from the age of 10 months old by Garry and his family; many of the animal parks residents were, and several bottle fed and carefully monitored in there delicate infancy. I've read some online reviews and it's disheartening to see some reviewers' ignorance. All these animals needed care, attention, a new home, and a true animal lover to take them in. Whether it was a infant mammal rejected by its mother and left to die, an animal born into captivity and needing a home, or a an injured creature that could no longer survive on its own... the Koschitzki family was there for them, and continues to be there for them. This is no short-term idea, but a true commitment to the best welfare for each animal.
Park Review: First and foremost the animals are in good health and inquisitive. Mostly every resident came to welcome us to their gate... including the bears! Perhaps because it was a quite rainy day and we were the only family there, but regardless, it exhibited their friendliness to strangers which translates that these creatures are happy, welcoming, and well cared for by humans. Second, the variety of rescued animals was unexpected! I knew about the tigers, but I had no idea how MASSIVE, beautiful, and MAJESTIC they were! I wasn't expecting to see a brown bear, black bear, bison, baboon, and kangaroo. But the list of residence goes on. Their pens were ample size, with ample space for shelter, and detailed items included for them to interact with. Were the pens immaculate, no. But having been in the bush land of Africa and Australia, the natural habitat of these creatures is not immaculate. Some reviewers are comparing this family-owned and operated home (and the animal park is an extension of the Koschitzki home) to large zoo's or commercially run parks. If you're looking for a western culture 'perfect' animal park, this is not for you. BUT, if you want to be exposed to a beautiful variety of well-loved animals through the selfless care of a human family, than I would highly recommend visiting Bailiwick Animal Park. There's no glitter and flare, just mud and and a whole lot of love!
Written 11 October 2019
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Chris P
1 contribution
Aug 2019
Going to a zoo that is first and foremost a place that rescues animals, I wasn't sure what we were getting into. And while the zoo isn't huge, they had some fantastic animals, including bears, tigers, monkeys, etc.

The kids had a great time feeding some of the exotic birds as well as the goats.

If you want, they have a horse / pony rides available, but we didn't partake in them.

Strongly recommend if you are in the area. Worth a one hour trip.
Written 23 August 2019
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Maureen O
Yonkers, NY43 contributions
Jul 2019
Great place to take the kiddies. Many petting animals and there are also large ones: Belgian tiger, black and brown bears, camel, deer, even a bison!!!!!
Written 6 August 2019
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Theresa S
Somers, NY33 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
although i like the owner and enjoy the animals . the grounds have not been kept up and the animals although they look healthy are in need of some help most are rescues . I am sorry to say that this will be my last visit .
Written 2 August 2019
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mountinman1
Staten Island, NY9 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
great place to go the animals are rescue so dont think the animals are not being takein care of because they are the familey is very nice and i would go back
Written 10 July 2019
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