Brown’s Oakridge Zoo
Just a 30-minute scenic winding drive from Macomb, through the Spoon River Valley, in the heart of mid-western farmland, sits an exotic anomaly. There amid the cornfields and barns you’ll find lions and tiger and bears! Brown’s Oakridge Zoo located in the tiny rural community of Smithfield is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of animals. Started in 1990 with just a pot bellied pig and a few whitetail deer, the number of species housed at the zoo has grown to include five Siberian tigers, several black bears, two lions, and many more exotic and domestic animals.
Over the years they have taken in many abandoned animals. A total of 152 lion and tiger cubs, abandoned in captivity have been reared here. Most of the animals have been raised in the house, and have had a lot of human contact. You won’t just get to see the animals at Brown’s Oakridge Zoo, you will be able to have hands on contact! Imagine being able to hold a tiger, lion or bear cub.
The Brown’s took their love for animals and turned their rural home into a place where rescued and abandoned animals could live safe, healthy, and stress free lives.
June – Labor Day:
Wednesday-Sunday:10:00 am-4:00 pm
After Labor Day: Open Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Zoo closes at the end of October for the season
Children 3 -11: $3
Children 2 & Under: FREE
Take a picture with a cub! $20
A never forget experience!