It’s time to go back and we decided on the Wild Animal Park. It’s huge so we started early, got there about 10:00 and started to explore. We got on the tram first since we heard that there were lots of school buses in the park and we wanted to ensure that we got a ride on it. Here’s my hint: sit on the left side of the tram since it circles that direction and you will be able to see much better. Guess what - we were on the right hand side and our view was over other heads. Shucks. But the views are still marvelous and you get to see lots of animals that you certainly don’t see roaming the streets in your home town.
Here’s a picture from Wikipedia showing the African Plains part of the exhibit. You can see from this that the park is huge. These free-range enclosures house such animals as antelopes, giraffes, buffalo, cranes, and rhinoceros and several other species that roam this plain in nature.
This one had found a way to carry this box with its trunk,curled into a hole in the top. Pretty clever. It trotted all around with this box, showing us all how clever it was. And, look at that smile - it knows it’s clever.
And, here’s the cheetah at the end with his snack treat.
We climbed up to Condor Ridge, one of the few places in the world where you can see them in captivity. Here’s one of these beauties now.
We learned a lot about the various species since they have such good explanatory plaques at each area. Here’s our favorite though.
‘Sometimes it takes a lot more thinkin’ to deal with changes than to make them.’