If you’ve ever wanted to feed a zebra or get up close to a bison, you don’t have to travel very far.
Hidden Valley Animal Adventure in Varysburg is home to over 400 animals from all over the world, who roam free in a 63-acre park.
“Here at Hidden Valley, you’re more of the exhibit than they are,” Michael Powers, marketing director for Hidden Valley Animal Adventure said. “You take the tour and the animals check you out.”
Guests can take a safari tour through the park, equipped with a cup of feed to offer to the animals.
“They hear the trolley coming through and they head over because they know it’s snacktime,” Powers said .
The resident animals of Hidden Valley are all herbivores- and most of them aren’t camera shy.
“The phrase I use is ‘Instagrammable vegetarians’,” Powers said.
Visitors can expect to encounter bison, camels, ostriches, and many other species on the tour.
“It’s not typically what you’d see in WNY, so it adds a bit of uniqueness to it,” Powers said.
In addition to the tour, there’s a Small Animal Adventure, where guests can meet llamas, goats, mini-horses, and donkeys, among other animals.
Hidden Valley operates a year-round restaurant and typically hosts about 40 weddings per year, Powers added.
“We’ve got a lot going on,” he said.
The park is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays now. It will be open seven days a week starting June 10 through Labor Day.
This year marks HVAA’s ten-year anniversary.
“The animal world is a pretty wonderful thing and we’re shining a light on a corner of it,” Powers said.