Thursday, September 23, 2010

Out of Africa Wildlife Park

A few Sundays ago the boys and I ventured about an hour and a half north to the Out of Africa Wildlife Park. My best friend and roommate from college and her family was visiting Flagstaff from Michigan so we chose this as a meeting point for the day. This was the first time we had visited this park. It's like a zoo but more authentic to the safari animals original dwellings. Most of the animals had been rescued as well.
The boys ready for a fun day
Brendan, Colin & Julie's son Lucas

As we went into the park we were all handed carrot sticks that we could either feed to the giraffes or camels.
Here are the boys trying to convince the giraffe to come over for a snack

The giraffe above didn't come over but one of his friends did which totally made the boys' day!

That black thing is his tongue..very long!

Picture of the boys at the top of the park with the mountains in the background


All 3 of the boys were able to 'pet' a python. See the bulge by the tail...they had just fed him. Yea...there was NO way I was going in there...thanks but I will use my zoom lens!
(Colin is at the very top of the pic, Bren is in the green shirt & Lucas is in the hat and orange shirt)

They had a 'Tiger Splash' demonstration which was very cool. They were not trained so it was like watching them in their natural habitat (well as close as you could get to it) They were chasing toys and running and jumping in a pool too. The boys loved it and there was a lot of ooohhhing and aaaahhhing!

Our admission also took us on a tram ride through the park were we were up close and personal with a lot of the animals such as camels, giraffes, zebras...just to name a few.

It was a long but fun day!

One last photo of me and Julie in the parking lot before saying good bye...sadly we only see each other every other year...and that's if we are lucky!


Stacy said...

It's great how you two have stayed in touch! I think my kids would love that park too.

steffenboysmom said...

Wow, what an amazing place for kids. It's in Michigan you say? That's about a three hour drive for us. doable.

Loren said...

Omg how much fun !! i would love to be with the Lions & Tigers!

So cool that you were able to take your friend & her kids :)

Thanks for sharing! The pics are awesome

Robyn said...

Wow what an awesome day that was. Your pictures are way cool.

Bridget said...

Sounds like a fun day! I'd be staying away from the python, too...

The Not So Perfect Housewife said...

What a fun place to go too!!
Looks like you had a great time!!
Love all the photos.

Jenilee said...

those are great pictures! what a fun day!!! the tiger is amazing! :)

Tiffany said...

Oh man, we have driven by that park umpteen times on our way to Phx, but never gone. That looks really neat - we may have to go this year.

Channa, Life as a Coaches Wife said...

I'm so jealous! It looks like so much fun!

RaD said...

Someone else's blog I popped over to had done something similar recently. We don't have a zoo like that around here just the normal look through the cage type.

He & Me + 3 said...

What a fun day with Julie. You look great. So glad you wear that green shirt I got you. It looks good on you.
Great shots too of the animals. Nice