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Two Tails Ranch

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Address: 18655 NE 81st St, Williston, FL 32696-3906
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+1 352-528-6585

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Surprised 11 year old grandson who fed an elephant and rode one. Call ahead to book the tour. We drove over an hour from The Villages. I have ridden elephants in Asia and been on... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Chicago, Illinois
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Dallas, Texas
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

disgusted by this. even by looking at photos its extremely unethical- not only to ride an elephant on its back but to make it perform. I hope you get shut down. People, stop giving your money to this! its mistreatment!!

1 Thank adp599
Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Surprised 11 year old grandson who fed an elephant and rode one. Call ahead to book the tour. We drove over an hour from The Villages. I have ridden elephants in Asia and been on Two African safaris but I learned so much about all wild animals. It was a real education

Thank 414Candy49
Jacksonville, Florida
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Try to sit in the front. The speaker does not have a microphone and it is very difficult to hear if you sit in the back. I was thinking we would walk around and see a variety of elephants, but the whole show is sitting in this one area where you can only see 2 elephants. We bought the add... More 

Thank didntwant2join
Lancaster, Virginia
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited at the recommendation of a friend. The work that Patty is doing is is truly remarkable. It's truly amazing what she and her family have been able to accomplish. The girls had a great time. It was a pleasure to watch their excitement at the photo op with Luke.

Thank Karen S
Hollywood, Florida
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28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm so glad I took my children here! It's not a fancy place, but it's filled with love and understanding of these amazing creatures who would have been killed if not for this amazing family. 100% of the proceeds go right back into the care of the animals, who have 80 acres to roam.

Thank colie1018
Dallas, Texas
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you're looking for the ultimate encounter, look no further. I had the opportunity to Ride, feed, bathe, get a painting from, and take multiple photos with multiple elephants! I paid for the elephant encounter and it was absolutely worth every penny. However, if you do not wish to pay for the entire experience like I did, you can pay... More 

Thank abclsp
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89 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I lived in Africa and as much as seeing elephants in the wild is great, getting up close and personal with these pachyderms makes children care about their preservation. Two tails was like being on Safari in your own country (without the difficulties traveling abroad presents). Truly a dedicated, caring, giving family run elephant rescue! Adored every minute of communion... More 

Thank Riley R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

My hubby and I reserved our spots for a noon tour. We went today and it was really nice. We learned a lot and it was amazing how this family owned ranch has been serving these beautiful animals for 9 generations. Since it was spring break, it was a pretty full tour. About 40ish people to be exact, and the... More 

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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Our visit to Two Tails Ranch was during Spring Break and fortunately we were able to schedule a tour - it was a surprisingly busy week. We heard about the Ranch through a friend and were so excited we were able to visit. The Ranch was beautiful and the animals seemed to be well-taken care of and very well-loved. Patricia... More 

Thank DragonflyGirl58
Orlando, Florida
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 February 2017

We visited Two Tails Ranch last weekend and it was perfect. I couldn't believe how great it was. We got to learn a lot about the asian elephants who live there from the owner, Patricia. It was obvious how much she cares for these elephants. Then one of them demonstrated his love of art, painting an abstract picture. These are... More 

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Grande Prairie, Canada

I would like answers from the Two Tail Ranch staff.

How often do your elephants mud themselves?

Who is the matriarch in their family group?

Are you familiar with the benefits of an elephant mudding/dusting themselves?

What country does each elephant come from and why were they removed, and by whom?

Do you have written material available describing exactly how having these elephants at your Ranch and the activities they engage in directly relate to the survival of this species in the wild? Because as per law, the purpose of importing these animals must be likely to enhance the propagation or survival of the species. Please have a better reason than your mother company donating $500 to Asian Elephant Support.

Also would you like to elaborate on what a "special elephant pellet" consists of?

How many hours a day do your elephants spend eating?

What's stronger in an elephant, the neck or the back?

Why can't you refer to yourselves as a sanctuary?

See, I've just spend time at a real elephant sanctuary. In asia. Where elephants actually live. While Florida's climate may be similar to their natural environment, this Ranch certainly isn't. I admit, they've done a wonderful job in convincing everyone they are ethical, but the truth of the matter is that this place is no elephant haven. I don't know of any sanctuary where I can ride the animals that are being protected. If anyone is curious about why this place might be asking for donations when their mother company rakes in about one million annually, have a look at the Pay-to-Play policy.

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