Roos-N-More Exotic Animal Zoo A Unique Las Vegas Experience
Family Fun in Las Vegas
Just about an hour north of Las Vegas on the 15 freeway, in the Moapa Valley, is an amazing and exotic adventure for the whole family. Roos n More is actually the home that Jay, Valerie, Zach, and Hailey Holt share with over 160 animals, and lucky for us about twice a month they allow the public entry into this truly loving and original live animal environment. Jay and Valerie are both veterinarians who never intended to have a zoo but as their “family” of exotic animals grew, so too did the vision of how to share their passion.
Roos n More is a non-profit organization that operates in large part on donations and volunteers. Although you can make a donation anytime by visiting their website, you will also be required to make a tax deductible donation of $10.00 per person to enter Roos n More on open zoo days (kids under 2 are free). Additional donations will get you a visit inside their new Otter enclosure (highly recommend and get ready to get wet!) and an insider group tour of the main enclosure for the kangaroos, emus and other large inhabitants. You can also become a volunteer by filling out their Volunteer Form. Lastly, the zoo accepts donations of a long list of items you may have around the house, or in your freezer, so check out their Donations page for ways to contribute other than financial, and things you can bring to donate when you visit the zoo. You can also arrange for private tours and parties!
The Roos n More experience is highly unique. Many of the animals, including monkeys, snakes, a bear cat and a sloth are regularly brought out by experienced zoo staff/volunteers for you to meet. Get ready because these animals are generally not shy but very curious and playful. Some are even pick-pockets! You are allowed to pet, hold and in some cases even feed them.
Last summer I took my mom, who was celebrating 50 years of visits to Las Vegas, to Roos n More. How great to give her a new experience after all those years!
We were just as dazzled by the kangaroos, zebra and camels, as we were the gentle, knowledgeable staff. As we sat for a moment taking respite in a concrete shelter from the typically brutal summer sun, we had the pleasure of meeting Zach Holt, the college bound son of zoo founders Jay and Valerie. Next to him was what we thought was a stuffed owl – until it moved! Zach, the birds exclusive handler, explained that this very young fellow would normally be happy to be pet but happened to be in a sour mood on this day so we should look but not touch. This was not at all a problem since this majestic bird of prey was extremely intimidating up close! Not so the Kukaburra on the table outside who could easily inspire a cartoon character.
Be forewarned, the cute words may come out of your mouth about a million times while visiting Roos n More, it just can’t be controlled! They do sell bottled water and some other drinks for a buck or two, as well as some super “cute” stuffed animals and other souvenirs. Everything is reasonably priced and helps keep the operation running.
The zoo has very limited hours, 10 am -2:00 pm on specified days, so be sure to check the website for the schedule. Definitely wear closed toed shoes as it is dusty desert out there (you’ll have to remove them to go into the Otter enclosure), and hats and sunscreen are a MUST! Recommend you have snacks or lunch in the car but pretty sure you can’t bring any food into the zoo itself, for obvious reasons.
Roos-N-More is accredited by the Zoological Association of America. Roos-N-More is a non-profit 501(c)(3)
746 Snowden Ranch Road
Moapa Town, NV 89025