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Sunday on Safari September 12, 2010

Filed under: Exploring Nature,Field trips — Barefoot in Suburbia @ 9:09 pm
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Today, we took the kids to a place in central Ohio called The Wilds.  If you haven’t been there yet, you’re missing out!  This was our second time going this season, and we want to make one more trip there next month.  It never disappoints!  We got to take an air conditioned bus through over 500 acres (they have 10,000 acres total, but not all is available to the public).   It is the largest wildlife conservation centers in the United States and one of the largest in the world.   During the trip, we got to see some awesome animals up close and personal!

The view from the visitor's center

Bactrian Deer, native to central Asia and parts of the middle east

American Bison, native to North America...it was actually kind of amusing to watch the rhino chase the bison. Don't see that every day...

More bison

An adult and baby Southern White Rhino, native to southern Africa.

We got fantastic views of the white rhinos, and one kept coming really close to our bus

At one point, he started running right towards us!

Eld's Deer, native to south and southeast Asia

Scimitar-horned onyx, formerly native to north Africa. It was extinct in the wild until 2007 when The Wilds send one of theirs to Tunisia as part of a reintroduction project

Bitty Bug relaxing in the mid-sized carnivore conservation area

Jedi making goofy faces outside of the cheetah area

Monkey taking a few minutes to sit down after watching the cheetahs

Cheetahs, native to sub-saharan Africa and northern Iran

Przewalski's Wild Horse, native to Europe and parts of Asia. They were extinct at one point, but were reintroduced to Mongolia and China in recent years

Giraffes, native to Africa

A honeybee pollinating the flowers--you can even see his pollen sack!

Catfish

More Przewalkski wild horses

Flower

The kids walking on the trail

Various Ohio Native plants

More giraffes

Indochina Sika Deer, native to Vietnam and China, but likely extinct in the wild

Bactrian Camels, native to Mongolia

More camels

Persian Onagers, native to Iran

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3 Responses to “Sunday on Safari”

  1. Great pictures!!

    So you took the ‘transport pass’ tour? Do you think it would be worth the upgrade to the open air one?

    • allyrae Says:

      Rachel, if you are really into photography, it would be, since you’d have a completely unrestricted view with the open air one. But for just an outing with the family and some casual photos, I love the transport pass tour. I’m always afraid that the kids will throw something out the open air bus, or worse, fall out of it being wild! But, the two buses see the exact same thing–one just doesn’t have windows.

      Now the one where you can take the pickup truck behind the scenes–*that* one sounds way cool!

  2. Syl Says:

    Oh, those are WONDERFUL photos-thank you for sharing them! Now, I really want to make the trip out there–we miss the giraffes at the columbus zoo!


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