Monkeys, tigers, ostriches and many other interesting creatures are presented in a zoo-type setting for you to enjoy at your leisure as you stroll around the park. Hundreds of exotic animals reside along 50 acres of exhibits and displays continuously educating and entertaining park visitors. The exhibit area begins as you walk across the dam breast with the welcoming animal flags. The layout of the animal habitats is basically designed as a half-circle walk around the main concession area.
Some of the first areas you will see are our newer habitats at the park housing the African lions, bears, baboons and Bengal tigers. These spacious exhibits have received design awards and are the first of the most recent improvements being made at the park. The Reptiles & Exotics Facility is near the end of the exhibit walk and houses more than just snakes and lizards. You will find the exotic marmosets and critically endangered tamarins in the reptile building – don’t miss it! More information on this facility can be found at Reptiles & Exotics.
Lake Tobias is unique in that it is not just a zoo but also a working farm. Because of this informal, relaxing setting, you will notice peacocks, chickens and guineas roaming freely about the grounds. These feathered creatures may get relatively close to you, but please do not chase them or try to pluck their feathers. You will also occasionally notice farm machinery moving about the park or sitting in the equipment area. The park currently farms approximately 300 acres of land to feed the livestock, helping the park remain a sustainable business while offering its visitors a peak at the “behind-the-scenes” efforts needed to maintain a wildlife park.
The feeding of alligators is always a much requested activity. The larger alligators are located between the baboon and bear exhibits and feeding time is usually on Sundays at approximately 4 p.m. However, since an alligator’s digestive system is largely dependent on the warmth of the surrounding air (remember, they are cold-blooded animals), feedings will only take place if the temperature and weather conditions are suitable for their digestion. Otherwise, they simply will not eat.
*Time Tip: approx. one hour needed to view zoo exhibits